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Gary Archie Plyer

December 18, 1937 - March 20, 2016

On March 20, 2016 we had to say goodbye to the most gentle, big hearted husband, father, grampy and brother, Gary Archie Plyer. He fought a valiant battle with lymphoma and was surrounded by his loving family at the time of his passing.


He was born on December 18, 1937, to Rex and Marion Plyer in Ogden, Utah. In 1961 he married Peggy Ann Wight in the Logan LDS Temple and they were blessed with five children.  After graduating from Weber High School and Weber College with an associates degree, he then earned his Bachelors of Economics from the University of Utah. Gary was a gifted athlete and during his high school and college years he played football and competed in track and field, excelling in the discus and javelin. During this time he also served in the Utah National guard.


As a member of the LDS Church he served two and a half years in the New Zealand South Mission. There, he developed a deep love for the Maori people and their culture “Kia Ora”. He continued giving freely of his time in many church callings including bishop- teaching was always his favorite.

While his boys were in high school, he was President of the Ogden High Booster Club, and for many years volunteered as a track and field coach.


In 1988 he was awarded the Golden Apple Award from the Ogden City School District for his part in the procuring the lights for the Ogden and Ben Lomond High Schools’ football fields. After college Gary worked for his father-in-law at R.J. Wight Incorporated for 12 years, then in 1977 he began a 30 year career as a broker and financial consultant. In 1996 he co-founded Aspen Mills Bread Company of Utah with family members and helped build and grow it into a successful company; he was actively involved in the operations

until his passing.


Gary is survived by: his wife, Peggy; daughter, Jana Whiting (Jeff); sons, Burke (Gayle), Eric (Natasha), John (Monica); ten grandchildren; his brother, Brent (Kathy); his sister, Sandra Sharp (Clair), his brother and sister-in-law, DeVerl and Velda Wight. He was preceded in death by his parents, Rex and Marion Plyer; his in-laws, Reed J. and Gladys Wight; and his daughter, Annette.


Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Shadow Valley Ward, 5191 Old Post Road, Ogden, Utah.  Friends may visit with family Tuesday, March 29, 2016 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th street, Ogden, Utah and Wednesday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the church.


Interment at Leavitt’s Aultorest and Memorial Park.




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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Leavitt's Mortuary


836 36th Street , , Ogden, UT, 84403

Leavitt’s Mortuary

836 – 36th St.

Ogden, UT

Service Information

Date: Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Time: 11:00 am -

L.D.S. Shadow Valley Ward


5191 Old Post Road, , Ogden, Utah,

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Shadow Valley Ward

5191 Old Post Road

Ogden, UT

Friends may visit with family from 9:30 am to 10:30 am prior to the Services.

Cemetery Information

Date: Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Leavitt's Aultorest Memorial Park


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT,

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Leavitt’s Aultorest Memorial Park

836 – 36th St.

Ogden, UT

Interment will be immediately following the Funeral Services.


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Born: December 18, 1937
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Condolences for Gary Archie Plyer

Richard B Larkin posted on 4/30/16

It is with sadness that I noticed the deathof Gary. He was my second companion in the New Zealand South Mission. We served in Timaru together for several months. My mission was from June 1959-1961. I really enjoyed the time spent there. I have several pictures of Gary somewhere in my many pictures. I will try to find them & put them on his site. Again, I'm sorry to hear about his passing. Richard Larkin


Mrs. D. Ward posted on 3/28/16

To the Plyer Family: my sincere condolences on the death of your loved one. May you take solace in the wonderful Bible hope of the resurrection.. Jesus speaks of this at John 5:28-29. There it reads in part, ' Do not be amazed by this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear His voice and come out....'. God always keeps His promises! ( Titus 1:2, Psalms 37:9-11,29, Psalms 83:18 )


Jean Stanger posted on 3/28/16

Dear Peggy, I am so sorry to hear that your husband passed away. I know that he will be greatly missed. I want to let you know that you are loved and that you will see him again.


Virginia Pendleton posted on 3/27/16

Peggy, I'm so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you.