Garth Stowell Lunt

Garth Stowell Lunt, longtime resident of Pima, entered into eternal life Monday afternoon, November 26, 2018, at Haven of Safford, from causes incident to age. Garth was 100.

Garth was born March 3rd, 1918 in his parents’ home near Duncan, Arizona. He was Edward and Lettie Lunt’s fourth child. His brothers and sisters included Dorah, Almeda, Arcel, Waldon, Jack, Elda, and Betty. He married a beautiful girl by the name of Olive Hardy on April 26, 1941. They were married by Stake President, Spencer W. Kimball in Thatcher, Arizona and were together for 60 years until Olive’s passing in 2001. In 2009, Garth married Virginia “Ginger” Willis Richins.

Garth was preceded in death by: his first wife, Olive; his second wife, Ginger; his daughter, Kathy Thompson (Steve); and his son Mike. Garth is survived by: his son, David Lunt (Judy), of Thatcher; his daughter, Pat Lunt, of Magna, Utah; and his youngest daughter, Karol Lyn Woodall (Eldon), of Pima. He was the father of five children, fourteen grandchildren, fifty-six great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren with another one on his or her way.

Garth loved the ranch life. He especially loved round-ups, branding, sleeping under the stars, Dutch oven cooking and riding horses. He was one of the greatest storytellers in the world if he could find someone who had two or three hours to spare. Garth worked for the Spear Ranch and later owned his own spread called the Arroyo Seco Ranch near Stockton Pass. He also served his community as a deputy sheriff and chief of the Pima Police Department.

Funeral services for Garth will be conducted Saturday afternoon, December 1, 2018, at 2:00 p.m., at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Pima Stake Center by Bishop Than Ashby of the Pima Third Ward. Concluding services will follow in the Pima Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Friday evening, November 30, 2018, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and Saturday afternoon from 1:00 p.m. until 1:45 p.m., at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Pima Stake Center Relief Society Room.

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Arrangements are entrusted to Vining Funeral Home.