LD “Larry” Gardiner
February 21, 1956 - July 20, 2020
A great man has been called to heaven. LD Gardiner passed peacefully from this life July 20, 2020.
The true measure of a man is how many hearts break at his passing. LD has left a great many hearts in a broken state this day. He will be missed by so many. Behind a tough cowboy exterior was a great and loving man as is evident by the number of people whose lives he has touched.
LD grew up in Vernal where he learned to work hard. Horses, cattle and ranching were a defining part of his childhood. As he grew he took the lessons his parents had instilled in him and made it part of his life. He loved to rope and ride. He worked hard and with his loving wife, they built a beautiful ranch and home.
He most loved his family, adoring his wife “Joycey”, she was his greatest accomplishment. He always said that marrying her was the smartest thing he ever did. He and Joyce Reynolds were married in the summer of 1983.
His passion was life through Christ. He shared his faith in everything he did. The bible was a constant companion, whether it was studying for a bible study, or just a roadside discussion with anyone who would listen.
He worked in the oilfield throughout his life where he was known as a hard worker and what he would call “A heck of a good hand.”
He found his true calling as a grandpa. His grandkids were the joy of his life. He couldn’t have been more proud of them and took joy in every achievement, chuckling that goofy chuckle at all of their miss adventures. They spent many happy times on the ranch, riding horses, feeding the animals and just spending time with Grandpa. There was always a fence to be built. He attended every game no matter how far he had to drive.
He is survived by his wife Joyce. Daughters; Sami Merkley and Jennifer (David) Pope. Grandchildren; Lucas, Riley, Ty, Ava, and Makenna. Siblings; Gay (Bert) Clark, Chris Gardiner, and Joe (Cindy) Gardiner, brother-in-law Bill (Bev) Reynolds.
He was preceded in death by; Parents Deloy “AL” Gardiner and Lorraine Corless Gardiner. In-laws Dean and Donna Reynolds, sisters-in-law; Joycelyn Gardiner and Jeri Reynolds Helco and brother-in-law; John Helco.
Memorial Services will be held Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 11:00a.m. at the Uintah Conference Center. A visitation will be held Saturday morning 10:15-11:00 a.m. at the Conference Center. Services are under the direction of the Phillips Ashley Valley Funeral Home.
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