Gary Lynn Whatcott our beloved husband, father, grandpa, son, brother, and friend unexpectedly returned home with honor to our loving Heavenly Father on January 29, 2024. We lost the most kind, gentle, caring, and compassionate man we’ve ever met who will leave a deep void in all of our lives. Our Dad was the best dad in the world! He lived a life of service leaving everything he touched and those he knew better for having known him. His smile, light and love reflected that of his Savior, and he shared this with all who knew him. He led humbly by example in all he did, yet did so in great faith, courage and was an incredible man who left a legacy of love and service to all those in his community. His legacy will forever live on.\n\nHe was born on May 25, 1956, in Salt Lake City, UT to Melvin and Jacquie. He met his sweetheart, the love of his life, Pam, in 7th grade. He always said that she was the only girl for him. They were married on June 16, 1973. They were later sealed in the Salt Lake Temple. Their love story was out of a fairy tale and if you knew our dad, you knew just how deeply he loved and cared for our sweet Mom. She was his everything and he treated and loved her faithfully with all of his heart and did anything to love and support her. She truly was his richest and greatest blessing! \n\nHis greatest accomplishment was his five beautiful children and his 15 grandchildren. They were the greatest joys of his life. He loved each one of them dearly and they revered him as the world’s greatest Grandpa. He made each one of them feel special and took great pride in all they did and loved them with all his heart. He loved nothing more than to catch a ballgame or attend an event his kids or grandkids had going. He lived and died to be there for them and support them in any way he could. He loved spending time with them in the outdoors, rooting for his favorite teams, fishing, hunting, running around Disneyland, or playing on the beach. His family was his greatest WHY and this led him into a lifelong career of service. He sacrificed his time, efforts, and all of his talents to support and make sure that his family was always taken care of. He was and is our greatest example and leader, our hero. \n\nOur dad had a work ethic next to none! He began his career serving as a West Jordan police officer and a volunteer firefighter in the 70s. He transitioned to his firefighting career where he loved his days at the fire house with his crews and developed a love for gourmet food. On the side he held about every odd job a guy could have to support his family. He joined South Jordan City as the Battalion Chief in 1991 and a year later became the first full time Fire Chief of South Jordan City. It was his greatest honor to serve the public in this capacity and he absolutely loved it. In 2003 he retired from Public Safety after serving the community for 27 years. Dad was one of the hardest working people you could know. He taught us to always do the job right the first time. Our dad had a passion to continually improve himself and relentlessly aimed at becoming better in all he did. While working full-time in public safety he earned his master’s degree in Public Administration from BYU allowing him to continue to serve the public as the Assistant City Manager for South Jordan City. His remarkable foresight, leadership and innovative mindset made him a true trailblazer, consistently demonstrating a keen ability to anticipate future trends. With a forward-looking perspective, he was a pioneer in his thinking, always ahead of his time, and his creative approach left an indelible mark on the landscape of South Jordan City shaping it into one of the best in the country. In 2014, he was promoted to the City Manager. He poured his heart and soul into constantly working to make South Jordan the very best place for all those that lived, visited, and came to it. It was a pure joy and honor to see our dad serve in this position he adored so much. The legacy he left will be forever etched in history. Dad felt his career had finally come to an end and choose to retire again for a second time just 7 months ago. Dad was so excited to enjoy retirement and have more time with his sweetheart, kids, and precious grandkids to do all of the things he loved to do with them. \n\nOur Dads integrity was unmatched in every aspect of his life. He was loyal to the core and his dedication to work, family, and the Lord was unwavering. He was a rock to many.\n\nHis passion for continual learning led him to soak up a relentless desire to understand the history surrounding our countries founding fathers and fed an undying love of country. He often would share with us the latest book he had just read whether it was about the Forefathers, the Pioneers, or any history book about the country he loved. Dad loved to read. His fountain of information drove us all to have a passion for freedom and a love of God. Dad was a true Patriot. \n\nOur Dads faith and love of the gospel was the foundation of who he was. He exuded a Christlike attitude in every aspect of his life. His kindness was one of his greatest attributes and if you knew him, you were likely touched by his caring, gentle, and kind words. He never judged anyone, spoke ill of none, and always found the best in everyone. He was blessed with the ability to make you feel like you were the most important person in the room and shared his charity with all. As an avid member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, he served in various church positions and did so with the upmost honor, love, and Integrity. He loved the Savior and never stopped working to become more and more Christlike.\n\nWe can only imagine the grand and sweet reunion that awaited him in the heavens to be able to hug and hold his beautiful angel baby Amy in his arms again, and his two sweet grandsons, Nixon, and Cole. The embrace must of have been so sweet for him after all of these years to hold his sweet girl in his arms again. \n\nDad is our greatest hero. He has left a legacy which we can only honor and strive to follow. We are better because of him and although our hearts are broken, he truly was a man that made the world a better place. He will be forever missed! \n\nSurvived by his Wife and Sweetheart, Pam, his mother, Jackie Fotheringham, his Kids, Erin (Brian) Hicks, Josh (Linsey) Whatcott, Nick (Janessa) Whatcott, and Luke (Hollie) Whatcott, his precious grandkids Madi, MaKena (Treyson), Austin, Easton, Braxton, Drew, Hadlee, Hudson, Miles, Londyn, Jett, Jones, Livi, his brother, Kent (Julie) Whatcott, and many loving colleagues and dear friends.\n\nA public viewing will be held on February 2nd, from 6-8pm at the LDS chapel located on 1570 W. 11400 S. South Jordan, UT 84095. An additional public viewing will be held prior to the Funeral services from 10:30-11:30 am on February 3rd at Mountain Creek Middle School located at 5325 Bingham Rim Road South Jordan, UT 84009. The funeral service will begin at 12:00 pm. Interment, Memorial Redwood Cemetery located at 6500 S. Redwood Road, Taylorsville, UT 84123. In lieu of flowers and in honor of our dad’s legacy please donate to the NIXONSTRONG Foundation, where he was the Co-Chair at www.nixonstrongfoundation.org \n\nPLEASE NOTE: The school internet system prevents streaming from a non district device. Services for Gary are being recorded and will be available later today for viewing. Service will remain online indefinitely.