Gary Don Carruth

October 1, 1971July 19, 2013
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Gary Don Carruth was born in Oklahoma City, OK on October 1, 1971 to Thomas B. Carruth, Jr. and Nancy C. Fox, and passed away in San Antonio, TX on July 19, 2013. He proudly served and retired from the United States Marines Corp. He was the recipient of the Purple Heart while serving in Iraq. Gary loved to surf, hunt and fish.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Sommer Jewel Carruth. Surviving are his mother, Nancy C. Carruth; father, Tom B. Carruth, Jr; daughters, Amber and Jade Carruth; son, T.J. Carruth; brother, Brandon Carruth; sister, Stephanie Adams; 6 nieces and nephews; and his fiancée, Amy Freeman.

The family will receive friends on Monday, July 29, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Sunset Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m. in Sunset Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Semper Fi Fund by going to or Paws for Purple Hearts by going to


  • Visitation Monday, July 29, 2013
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, July 30, 2013

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Senator Leticia Van de Putte

July 30, 2013

Dear Carruth Family:

Please accept my deepest sympathies on the loss of your beloved. There are never any right words to express how deeply sad I am for the pain your family is enduring at this difficult time.

Although I did not have the honor and pleasure of knowing him, as Chair of the Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs and Military Installations, I am sincerely thankful for his valiant service in defense of our rights and freedom.

His commitment to family, friends, our community, and to serving our great nation leaves a wonderful legacy. May the love and the wonderful memories you shared with him help you when you need it most. He will never be forgotten, and your family will be remembered in my prayers.

Darleen Ammann

July 29, 2013

Nancy & Family....My heart goes out to you at this very difficult time. Prayers are with each of you.

Carolyn Cianciotto

July 28, 2013

To all of Gary and Sommer's family, our sincere condolences and heartfelt sympathies. I pray for each and everyone of you that are hurting. Lean on God, and each other, to get through this devastating tragedy. God Bless and Keep you. Love in Christ, Carolyn and Lenny Cianciotto. (Benjie's Mom and Step-Dad)

July 27, 2013

Nancy and Tommy and family, you are in our prayers. Fran & Larry Lancaster, Tecumseh, Oklahoma

Maria Munoz

July 27, 2013

May you Sommer and your dad Gary rest in peace.

Rob Linder

July 26, 2013

I will truly miss my Bergin U dog training class mate, we shared some great military laughs and stories RIP Gary :)

Rebecca Richardson

July 26, 2013

All of us at Bergin University of Canine Studies are grieving the loss of a special man who brought a lot of laughter to staff and students. We are thinking about his family and friends with heavy hearts.

E Chairez

July 26, 2013

My heart goes out to all of Gary's and Sommer's loved ones during this difficult time. Please accept my deepest condolences and may the wonderful memories you share of both of them give you peace and comfort.

A Hanna

July 26, 2013

May God our Creator repose his soul in heavenly paradise.

Sheryl Cuppy

July 26, 2013

My condolences to your family as you grieve the loss of Gary and Sommer. I will pray that God will comfort you all at this time.