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SOUTH JORDAN, Utah — Gary Parsons, 48, died unexpectedly at his home in South Jordan, Utah on Thursday (Jan. 11, 2018).

He was born born on Aug. 18, 1969, in his father’s hometown, Corry, Pa. and grew up in Ellicottville, with his parents, John and
Sue Parsons, and younger brother, Noble Parsons.

He graduated from Ellicottville Central School in 1988 and from SUNY at Albany in 1993. Gary was a devoted, loyal and loving
husband and father, often described as “one of a kind” by most. With his witty and funny personality and sense of humor, he was a person who could always be counted on.

His life in Ellicottville was filled with his family and friends, many of whom gathered daily after school in the “back room”
of his home on Jefferson Street and in the summer, riding bikes, going to the park and playing ball in the backyard late into the evening.

Team sports were a passion of Gary’s while growing up as he focused on playing soccer, baseball and basketball and in college
where he played baseball and rugby. As an adult he was an avid hiker/mountain biker, working out at the gym daily. Gary always prioritized staying fit and in shape inspiring many to do the same.

After college, his childhood friend, Kenny Way, invited him to Phoenix, Ariz. for a visit, then a stay for two years. This led
Gary to his professional life as an IT recruiter, working first in Tulsa, Okla. and then in the Salt Lake City area, where he greatly enjoyed the outdoor life offered there.

During trips to Ellicottville, Gary spent time with his family and his childhood friends, including one visit in 2004, when he
met up with a childhood friend, Elke Mentley, a visit coordinated by her sister Meagan. They were engaged on Valentine’s Day in 2005, maintaining long-distance contact while Elke finished school in Seneca Falls. After her graduation in June 2006, they were
married on Aug. 18, 2006, in a beautiful ceremony at St. John’s Episcopal Church in their hometown, where Gary had served as an altar boy in his youth. Family and friends gathered for an unforgettable party to celebrate their wedding, dancing and reminiscing
while the rain poured down.

They shared together the love of the outdoor life in Salt Lake City such as skiing, hiking and just being outside, making new
friends and remaining connected to their childhood friends, which was very important to Gary and Elke.

In 2013, they started a new life as parents of a beautiful daughter Sawyer. Her arrival forever changed Gary. He embraced fatherhood
and loved every second of being a great dad to their beloved daughter, and later to their son Chernet, a blessing who came into their lives in 2016. Gary and Elke were an amazing team raising their children, feeding off each other’s strengths. Gary happily
and expertly coordinated celebrations for birthdays, presents for holidays and special events for his family, he loved them so much! The day before his death, he drove Sawyer to her new ballet class in which he had enrolled her. He was so proud of his family
and the life that he and Elke had started together.

Gary loved life; he adored his wife and kids; he was an amazing son, brother, uncle and friend!
Gary will be loved and missed by all of the lives he touched.

Gary is survived by his beloved wife, Elke Parsons; daughter, Sawyer Fenet; and son, Chernet Parsons; parents, Sue and John Parsons;
and brother, Noble Parsons.

To honor Gary’s life, family and friends will be gathering from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday (Jan. 20, 2018) at the Villaggio Restaurant
in Ellicottville. (http://villaggioevl.com/).

Also, there is also a memorial fund set up for Gary at gofundme.com/memorial-for-gary-parsons.


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