Gary Wayne Bishop

June 15, 1953July 3, 2018

Gary Wayne Bishop Sr., 65, our beloved husband, father, son, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend passed away in Phoenix, AZ on July 3, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. He was a native Arizonan, born in Phoenix to William and Wilma Bishop. He was the oldest of two children, grew up in West Phoenix and graduated from West High School. He met the love of his life, Pam, at Manzanita Speedway where he was a member of the fire crew, and they were married on June 26, 1971. Gary worked in the cabinet making industry for many years, was a devoted family man, enjoyed camping and the outdoors and was a huge race fan, especially Outlaws Sprint Cars and Nascar. He is preceded in death by his mother Wilma and is survived by his father Bill, brother Don, wife Pam, son Gary Jr. (Rhonda), three grandchildren, brothers and sisters in law, several nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Service will be held on Wed July 11th at 10:30am at Phoenix Memorial Park 200 E. Beardsley, Phoenix, AZ 85027.


  • Graveside Service Wednesday, July 11, 2018

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John Klusmann

July 10, 2018

Ok. I was a long haired hippie in 1972. Gary and Pam lived on 16th street North of Indian School. Dorsey, Pam's sister, tried to talk me into going over to their apartment. Sooo I drove over there, went around the block and went back to our apartment. I was not ready to meet this cowboy. Finally, a few days later, I went back and parked my Nova in front of their house, and Dorsey and I knocked on the front door. Pam opened the door with her baby, little Gary, and Big Gary welcomed me into their house. Thus began a friendship that lasted until 2018. We had a shared love for Nascar. We also loved the dancing at the Rusty Nail with our wifes. I will miss him but he is with God now.

Brambie Gordon

July 7, 2018

I am sorry it’s taken so long to do this. I’ve known Gary right around 47-48 years if I remember right. Any way it’s been a long time. Pam I’ve known well we all grew up together.
I can Remember all of us going to the races ,going out dancing, hanging out around the house, going camping. We did a lot together. He was a great husband, father and the best friend you could ever ask for. I will sorely miss him. Rest In Peace my friend. Love you Gary. SO SORRY YOU YOU WERE TAKEN SO SOON!!!!!!

Cheri Russell

July 5, 2018

I am so sorry Pam and family for your loss. I remember celebrating your 40th wedding anniversary, what great fun we all had that night! Just seems like yesterday. I know his family and friends will miss him very much, especially his soul mate Pam. May he rest in peace in the loving arms of Jesus. Love and hugs to the family.


Donna Hamel

July 5, 2018

So many memories, hard to decide which to share. I guess it would have to be the Rusty Nail and the chair, or maybe chasing the flower people. Gary was a great guy and a true friend. My thoughts and prayers go out to you Pam, Gary and all the rest of the family. May all the wonderful memories keep him alive in your hearts. Love - Donna Hamel