Gary Robert Carpenter

July 22, 1968March 8, 2018
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Gary Robert Carpenter, beloved companion, son and brother, passed away on March 8, 2018.

When he left this world, he took a piece of our hearts with him.

Gary was born in Salt Lake City, he graduated from Highland High School and also attended a year at the University of Utah.

Gary owned and operated his own successful plumbing business, "Professional Drain Service" from 2002 until late 2017 when he was no longer able to work.

Gary loved camping at Lake Powell, had a passion for old Ford trucks, and enjoyed working on them. He loved Old Rock, Old Country music, and of course sharing a Beer with his closest friends. He also loved the Simpsons, "DOH!"

Gary's most valuable possessions were his 3 little Yorkie dogs (Lily, Demi, and Oscar).

He loved the simple home life, just spending time with his family.

Gary leaves behind his companion of more than 23 years Kathy Ward; mother Darlene Carpenter; father Steven Carpenter (Joan); sister Doralee Naylor; brother Terry Carpenter (Tricia); and brother Kevin Carpenter (Megan). He also had a special relationship with his brother- in- law Craig Graham.

Although Gary didnt have any children of his own, he loved and was loved by Kathy's children: Brad Ward (Celeste); Kyle Ward; Alyssa Ward; Kayla Ward (Bryce). He was also loved and admired by his five grandchildren: Avery, Krew, Ryker, Channing, and Kohen.

A celebration of life for Gary will be held Saturday, March 17, 2018 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 South Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah 84106.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Carpenter family.

"Loves... Until I see you again Honey Doo"

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to his GoFundMe account "Honey's Heart" to help with his medical bills.


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, March 17, 2018

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Kathy Ward

March 17, 2018

In 1994 while working at First Security Bank, a friend and coworker kept trying to set me up with this handsome guy that was a manager of the 7-Eleven down the street. We finally decided to go out on a date, and that changed our lives forever. 💕 (Thanks Susan!) 💕

We moved in together in June of 1995, and began our wonderful life together.

Gary was always looking after me, and supporting me in everything I wanted to do.
He would call me every night on my way home from work just to share the happenings of the day until I was parked in the driveway. He would have coffee ready so that we could visit for a few minutes and unwind from the day.

He always told me that I was the best thing that ever happened to him, but he was the BEST thing that ever happened to me!!

I’ll never forget how smart he was, how funny he was, and how loving he was to me and our family.

He is at peace and out of pain now, and now the pain begins for me.

But I thank him for Choosing to share his life with me, and giving me all of the wonderful moments that I will never forget.

I love you so much Honey Doo!

Kevin Carpenter

March 15, 2018

You always looked out for me, like a big brother should. You always put the needs of Mom, Lee, Terry and myself ahead of your own. You truly were a selfless person who was always willing to help those in need. You taught me how to drive, you tried to teach me how to swim! I remember the summer family vacations, I remember "helping" you work on cars before I was any real help. Even up to the end, you called to check on Megans health, knowing yours was worse. I love you Gary, thanks for being an example of love and selflessness and for being my biggest brother! Until we meet again, you'll always be in my heart.
Love ya bro!

Lee Naylor

March 12, 2018

Hanging out in the cherry tree all day just talking.
Floating home made boats down the overflowing gutters as the rain pours down on us.
Making the back yard into a hot wheel town.
Playing war in the streets with the big kids after dark, because he wanted me on his team.
Sledding at the park and being so exhausted on the way home so he would pull my tube and his.
Him giving me away at my wedding.
He never forgot to call me on my birthday.
He called all the time to check on me make sure I didn't need anything.
My brother, my best friend. I never thought you would leave me. I'm glad you're free. Just rest.


BORN JULY 22, 1968