15 Nov Gary Ralph Felker
Gary Ralph Felker went home to God’s Glory Monday morning, November 14, 2016 at his home in Salt Lake City.
Gary was born January 27, 1944 in Roosevelt Utah the son of Ralph and LaVerna Schroeder Felker. Gary graduated from Provo High School and obtained his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Labor Economics from the University of Utah. Gary remained a Utah Man all of his life with his love for the football and basketball teams.
Gary met Kathryn Smith at the U and they were married February 3, 1968 in Salt Lake City. She was his right hand and partner for over 48 years.
Gary worked for the Utah Department of Workforce Services (formerly Job Service) and used his love of numbers and facts for 37 years. He served in a number of positions including management analyst and economic analyst. He served on several national committees for the U. S. Department of Labor. He was especially pleased that Gov. Jon Huntsman and Lt Gov. Gary Herbert both spoke at his retirement party.
Gary was an active member of First Baptist Church of Salt Lake City where he served on the Council of Ministries several times, Chair of the Child Care Center Board and several times on the Foundation Board. He served as the Moderator of the Utah Association of American Baptist Churches and the Board Chair of Camp Utaba where he was instrumental in getting the new cabins built at camp. He loved the people of First Baptist and would do anything asked of him from taking the youth on several trips to handing out turkeys to cook for the Thanksgiving Dinner. At the time of his death Gary was the President of the First Baptist Church Foundation and his last project was the Giving Tree that will grace the hall of the church.
Gary was an avid reader and always had a book in his hand, reading all genres especially history which he loved.
Gary was active in the Democratic Party. He cared about his city and state and volunteered many hours during the election season.
Gary served on the board of Mount Olivet Cemetery and at the time of his death he was serving as Vice Chair.
Gary loved to fish! He loved to fly fish and later became a catch and release fisherman. He tended to look down his nose at worm fishing. He had several close friends and they would take a fishing trip each year. Gary loved to golf with his friends and with his family. He enjoyed being at the family cabin that he helped to build. He loved his animals and each one held a special place in his heart.
He is survived by his beloved wife Kathy, his children Kenneth, North Platte Nebraska, David (Laura) West Jordan, Kate (Shain) Gillet North Salt Lake. Four Grandchildren Maria, Gavin, Shain Jr and Kayla. He is also survived by his sister Karen (Vince) Shepherd, Salt Lake City, brother-in-law Russell (Marhsa) Smith of North Bend WA and sister-in-law Sandy (Jim) Ivers of Spokane WA and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial Services for Gary will be held on Friday, November 18, 2016, at First Baptist Church, 777 S. 1300 E., Salt Lake City. Gary’s family will greet friends beginning at 11 am. The service will begin at noon. Inurnment will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery, 1342 E. 500 S. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to First Baptist Church Foundation or to the Huntsman Cancer Institute at donate.huntsmancancer.org or may be left at the church on Friday. Arrangements are under the direction of City View Mortuary.