Robert Thomas "Tommy" Gardner

2004 ~ 2024


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3688 West 12600 South, Riverton, Utah
Jun 14, 2024 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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13434 South Hawthorne Way, Riverton, Utah
Jun 15, 2024 8:30 AM

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13434 South Hawthorne Way, Riverton, Utah
Jun 15, 2024 10:00 AM

Funeral Services - Virtual Attendance

Jun 15, 2024 10:00 AM

Elder Robert Thomas “Tommy” Gardner, 20, passed away on Tuesday, June 4, 2024 while serving as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from injuries sustained in a car accident near Beulah, North Dakota.

Tommy was the first child of Robert Joseph Gardner and Kimberly Thompson Gardner. He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on April 29, 2004 and he graduated from Riverton High School in 2022.

It might not be a coincidence that Tommy was the first child since he was so competitive. When it came to sports and athletics, his competitive side came out regardless of whether it was something intense like sprinting and running (which he excelled at and even had Olympic aspirations), drum line, volleyball, basketball, baseball, or even activities that aren’t generally competitive, like hiking and guitar. This competitive side made things fun, but this is just the beginning.

Tommy cared about those around him and he took an interest in the things that were important to them so he could best relate to others. He always knew when someone needed something and didn’t hesitate to share, even if what he was sharing was simply a joke or the Gospel.

During the last 17 months, Tommy dedicated his time to sharing the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ with the people of North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana. He had a powerful testimony of the Atonement of Jesus Christ that demonstrated Christ’s compassion and love for each and every one of us. Tommy wanted to share that knowledge with others so they could find solace and peace in this life and the next. Tommy loved the people he met while on his mission, which was spent mainly serving the people of the Lakota tribes.

Outside of his mission, Tommy loved people in general. It didn’t matter if you were young or old, Tommy wanted to spend time with you and make you laugh. He had a great sense of humor and could make anything funny. The way he spoke was unique to Tommy and it showed he was a genuine and honest person. That might be why we all love Tommy so much.

His competitive nature also showed in his other accomplishments. He worked hard to become an Eagle Scout, but he had to do it as soon as he turned 14 so he could receive it as soon as he was eligible. He also enjoyed his video games and he would occasionally let others win so they could feel the joys of taking first place. Even then, he was truly winning when it came to building relationships.

He is survived by nearly everyone in his immediate family, from his parents and two brothers, Cameron (15) and James (10), as well as his beloved dog Rosie, to his maternal grandparents, Dale and Catherine Thompson, and from his paternal grandmother Eme Gardner, to many aunts, uncles, and cousins, the relationships he built will be cherished.

He just had to be first in almost everything.

He is only preceded in death by his paternal grandfather Robert Duane Gardner, and his cousin Keaton Riley Thompson.

Funeral services will be held at 10AM on Saturday, June 15, 2024 at the Rose Creek Crossing Ward, 13434 South Hawthorne Way in Riverton, Utah. A visitation will be held Friday evening, June 14, 2024 from 6-8 PM at Larkin Mortuary - Riverton, 3688 West 12600 South in Riverton, Utah, as well as Saturday at the ward prior to services beginning at 8:30AM.

Funeral services will be streamed via Zoom for those wishing to attend virtually. To watch the services, please click the "Watch Services" link above.



Guestbook/Condolences

Tommy may have passed from this life, but he will certainly not be forgotten. His sense of humor, his joy for life, his personality have all made a permanent impact on those he knew. I am so grateful to have known Tommy. I am sure the grief we feel on this side of the veil is balanced by the great joy on the other side at his homecoming. We will miss you Tommy, but we won't forget.


- Ryan Barrett

I remember so often, My kids talking about "baby Tommy, baby Tommy". Joshua, Elisabeth and Peter really love thier cousin soo much. The news broke my heart as soon as I saw it. My thoughts and my heart and my prayers of comfort go out to all his family, especially his parents, Robbie and Kimmy. They are such kind people. I know they will feel the Lords embrace and often feel thier sweet boys spirit close by. Thank God and His Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, who has conquered death and overcome the grave that we can be together again as families. Together forever never to be separated again. Elder Tommy and his companion continue In the service of the great Jehovah. Laboring with loved ones past, in the greatest and most noble work, as missionaries do. Engaging with the Lord, to save the souls of men on the other side of the veil, in the world of spirits. God be with all Tommys loved ones until they meet again and embrace him, not only in spirit, but with all the senses again. Sincerely, with love and care ❤️🙏💐☀️.


- Benjamin Bennett

His smile was gentle and angelic. Although he was tall, his quiet tender spirit and heart was too big to fit his mortal body. If anyone would ever be called home early due to having a celestial spirit it would be Tommy. Too good for this broken world. Our hearts break, our sould grieve and our prayers rest with Rob, Kim, Cameron, and James. God be with you Tommy till we meet again.


- Aaron Nichols

I send my love and condolences to Elder Kesler’s and Elder Gardner’s families and friends and their fellow missionaries in the North Dakota Bismarck Mission. We pray they will each be comforted and feel peace during this tragic time as they reflect on the faithful service these young men have given to the Savior by sharing His gospel.
Phone number : +242064005749.
E-mail: batoumajohnson@gmail.com.


- Elder mianakindila batouma hyrju bonheur

I send my love and condolences to Elder Kesler’s and Elder Gardner’s families and friends and their fellow missionaries in the North Dakota Bismarck Mission. We pray they will each be comforted and feel peace during this tragic time as they reflect on the faithful service these young men have given to the Savior by sharing His gospel.
Phone number : +242064005749.
E-mail: batoumajohnson@gmail.com.


- Elder mianakindila batouma hyrju bonheur

Rob, words fail me, but my heart & prayers goes out to you and your family. Sure love you and your family.


- Rachel (Gentry) Little

His smile was gentle and angelic. Although he was tall, his quiet tender spirit and heart was too big to fit his mortal body. If anyone would ever be called home early due to having a celestial spirit it would be Tommy. Too good for this broken world. Our hearts break, our sould grieve and our prayers rest with Rob, Kim, Cameron, and James. God be with you Tommy till we meet again.


- Aaron Nichols

Meus sentimentos.


- Carlos Renato

Sister Manning and I love Elder Gardner. So sorry for your loss. Elder Gardner was such an amazing missionary. Our prayers are with you.


- Elder Manning

I met Elder Gardner in Fargo when he was still new on the mission. My heart breaks for all of you who are grieving him. I pray for you to be comforted by our Heavenly Father and the knowledge that you will be together again someday.
(Thoughts and prayers from Wahpeton Branch.)


- Edelweiss Montera

I am so sorry to hear of Tommy's passing. My deepest condolences and love for you all!


- Keri Gillespie

My heart has been so heavy since hearing about Tommy. I know he brought such joy to his family, and he was so deeply loved. Kim, Rob and their family have been in our thoughts and prayers. I wish I could join you in person, but I'll be watching with you from here in Wales. I pray you'll have comfort and strength through this unimaginable time. We love you guys!


- Jana Riska Shakespeare

My heart is broken for you all. But I know the Lord has His reasons for taking Tommy home to Him. There are no words to express my feelings but I know that Tommy loved the Lord and is still in his service. My love and prayers are with you.


- Jonda Lewis

Gardner Family,
My name is John Martin and I am from the Glendive, Montana Stake, Sidney, Montana Ward.
I only met Elder Gardner once here in Sidney, Montana at our Chapel. He had came down from Poplar, Montana with his companion elder Stilwell for a baptism of a lady that elders Stilwell had been instrumental and getting to baptism. The photo of Elder Stilwell and he Tommy standing by the picture that has been posted was the photo that I took of them. I only spoke to Tommy briefly, but I talked to him several times online Facebook messenger. He was always polite courteous as any missionary always is for the church. I never had the honor of having him in my home from a meal like I do are local missionaries assigned here. Elder Kesler I just transferred from our ward over to North Dakota. I had had Elder Kessler in my home many times for meals. I just wanted to express my sympathies to both families for your loss. They are both in gods hands now and they are a higher calling. thank you for sharing them with us the time that we had them, we will never forget. God bless.


- John Martin

Dear Gardner Family,
My heart aches for you all. My son is currently serving in Bolivia and I just cried when I heard the news of your son. I know nothing I say will make everything better, so please know there are many mothers and families who mourn with you. You will be in my continued prayers. You have so many that love and pray for you.

Sincerely,
Kristina Edwards


- Kristina Edwards

I didn’t have the fortune of knowing Tommy but I did have the opportunity to hear his mother proudly talk about the exceptional, charismatic, fun, and giving young man that he was, and how he lightened up and made a difference in the life of everyone who knew him. My heart goes out to Kim and her family for such an irreparable loss. From your team in Costa Rica, our deepest condolences.


- Sol

Tommy was one of my best friends, I will miss him much. However I know he is on the other side of the veil continuing his missionary work and bringing more souls to the truth of the gospel. Prayers out to your family and all else who this effect. Mosiah 16: 6-11


- Dylan Perschon

What a beautiful service. I love you guys so much. Tommy is so blessed to have such an incredible family and we are so blessed to have known him. I pray you will continue to feel all the love in the world. My deepest condolences, Lesley.


- Lesley Bickmore

Our son is currently serving in the North Dakota Bismark Mission. He shared with us that he met Elder Gardner while they served in the Pineridge Zone. He shared with us that he quickly grew to love appreciate how warm and fun loving Elder Gardner was. Being a new missionary at the time, he was grateful for the friendship and example Elder Gardner was to him.

Our thoughts and prayers have consistenly been focused on your family, as well as the Kesler family and the missionaries who are still mourning the loss of these two faithful Elders! We will continue to pray for you.

Camille Gifford


- Camille Gifford

Gardner’s
I was so sad to hear of Tommy’s accident. I still remember this cute boy when I came to visit as a neighbor across the street. . He was always such a happy boy. May peace find a spot in your heart and stay as you heal & grieve. Hugs lynnadele


- Lynnadele Nielsen

What a wonderful service celebrating Tommy’s life. It touched my heart and I pray for your continued peace and comfort during this difficult time.


- Emily Judd

Hello Gardner Family.

We are the Taylor Family. We just noticed your son’s resting spot, right next to our little girl at the Riverton cemetery.

We felt inspired by your son’s obituary. We love missionary work.

We are sending hugs and love.

Spencer Taylor
303-253-2263


- Spencer Taylor