Gary Hudson Denney

1939 ~ 2021

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March 27, 2021
11:00 AM
Graveside for Close Family, Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 East Dimple Dell Road (10600 South), Sandy, Utah

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Gary Hudson Denney crossed the finish line on his last haul on March 16, 2021.

Born March 20, 1939, to Elaine “Ras” Rasmussen and Hudson John Denney in Draper, Utah.

Gary was the oldest of his siblings Mike (Loraine) Denney, Pam (Bob) Black, and Sandra (Wink) Ressler.
Gary leaves behind the love of his life Bonnita “Bunny” Irene Marsing Denney and their six children Robert Denney, Robin (Michel) Rogerson, Ryan (Rhonda) Denney, Marisa (Joey) Totorica, Heath (Adrian) Denney, his favorite caboose Regan Denique Denney; 18 grandchildren and his best ever 4-legged friend Vinnie. Preceded in death by 2 children Mario Anne Denney and Jana Maxine Stringfellow.

Gary was passionate about very few things, but the passion of those few ran deep.

The first time Gary sat behind the wheel of a big rig, at age 14, he fell in love. He spent the next 50 years driving diesels and teaching others to drive, including his wife, Bunny, and their son, Heath. Gary was always proud of his work. There is not a highway in the US that Gary didn’t have a story to tell or a boastful “I helped build that.”

As a child, Gary developed a love of the railroad. Over the years his love grew to an obsession. His most favorite thing in the world was to feel the rumble of a locomotive engine. He spent infinite hours “chasing trains” and running his own model railroad.

Gary’s love of roaring engines did not stop with big rigs and locomotives. He also loved the racetrack! The louder the engine, the better. Nothing got Gary’s heart pumping like the burn of nitromethane, and the smell of methanol.

Gary’s greatest pride and joy, however, was his family. The moment he met Bunny, 58 years ago, it was love at first sight. He was a man of few words because few words were necessary. You knew what Gary had to say by the look on his face. When he looked at Bunny, he always had a gleam of love in his eyes. When he looked at his children he would smile with pride.

Raise your glass of Diet Coke, enjoy your chips and salsa and Roll on!

An Internment service will be held on March 27th, 2021 at 11:00 am for close family, at Larkin Sunset Gardens 1950 E. Dimple Dell Rd, Sandy, Ut 84092.


Bunny, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Gary. I will always remember him playing with his trains and climbing into his big rig.

- LuAnn Sorenson

❤️ That is a beautiful tribute. Uncle Gary will most definitely be missed!

- Randi Marie Penny

As big and intimidating as Gary was when I was young, he was as big and thoughtful to me throughout my life. A very passionate man who will be missed by all. I Love you and will always remember you as a valuable role model.

- Ken Anderson

So Sorry to hear of Gary's passing.. I know he was a pretty good guy..hadn't seen him in years but I know he is in a much better place with a terrific reunion going on. Enjoy and treasure your memories with him

- Cheryl Heaps(Sorenson)

Hanna and I are sending prayers your way. We are so sorry for your loss. We hope it will help to know how much others care.
Carlyn & Hanna

- Carlyn Chester

So sorry to hear of Gary's passing. Since I was a little younger, I didn't spend a lot of time with my cousin, but I love all of my cousins.❤ It is sad to see them pass away. I know his passing leaves a great void to his closest family members, and all who were close to him. May you all fond peace and comfort in the sweet memories you have of Gary. 🙏🙏 What a grand reunion he is having in Heaven.😇

- Tana Tate Fugal

Gary was one hell of a guy! I was lucky enough to call him my father in law for 13 years. He was always kind and loving. He was the most amazing grandpa. No one loved their grandpa Gary more than his grand kids. What an example to the world. I am grateful to Gary for showing me kindness all these years, teaching me about trucks, trains and sprint cars. You will be missed good sir!

- Monica McDonnell

Hi you all! I'm sorry to hear of Gary's passing. He had a good life, a good family, and a good wife! Thinking of you all and sending my love!

- Justine Anderton

We are so sorry for your loss. He was such a special man.

- Jonette and Steve Brown

With sadness we hear this news! Our prayers thoughts and love are with you and your family. Spencer will always remember talking to Gary about trains and seeing his train collection. Sending our love ❤️

- Mary Ann Anderson and Family

It was always a learning time when I was with Gary. He asked me to ride with him while he was driving the Semi and his influence and knowledge of the road and teachings I still use today while driving the roads of life. He was a good man. And I will miss him.

- Terry Hurst