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Gary Arden Joplin

May 5, 1941 – January 11, 2024


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Gary Arden Joplin, 82, of Florence, AZ, passed away January 11, 2024 in Goodyear, AZ. He was born in Decatur, IL. Gary is survived by his wife, Ruth Joplin; his daughters, Garianne, Robin and Christina; his son, Gary; 13 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.

Gary’s career included 29 years with Prudential Life Insurance and 10 years working at Mountain View High School in the security department. He spent 24 years at Mountain View High doing the chains for football games. In addition, he coached his grandsons in Pop Warner football. Gary was involved with the Boy Scouts for ten years, obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout. He was also Assistant Scout Leader. In later years, Gary won the Senior Olympics Racquetball Championship.

Gary had many interests that kept him busy. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, as well as golf, Black River fishing, the Cardinals, Mt. View High School football games, and movies with milk duds. He will be remembered and missed by all who loved him.

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7 responses to “Gary Arden Joplin”

  1. Ruel macasaet says:

    Gonna miss you Dad God bless R.i.p.

  2. Kathy Akins says:

    I was so lucky to know this wonderful man. He always made me feel like family, in the best way..
    You will be so missed, Gary.
    Much love to your family.

  3. Diana Flores says:

    I have so many fond memories of Gary and Ruth in my life. Slumber parties, Marco Polo and just hanging with the Joplin’s. He was a special man who was dedicated to his family and kids. God Bless you and keep you safe until you meet again. Love and hugs always! Diana Flores and Pam Montesanti

  4. Racheal Gonzales says:

    You taught me so much papa, i will forever be Grateful for the time we all got with you, and will always cherish our memories. You are the greatest man ive ever known, no one compares to you! We all miss and love you so much! Please continue to watch over all of us and protect us. I love you papa!! Forever your Rachy

  5. Christina Lance says:

    For my father I will never be able to express in words how much you mean to me and so many other people. Although my heart is broken, I know you are with our Lord now and you will forever be in my heart. By sharing your values, life lessons and your love, our family is truly blessed and always will be. Without you I could not have made it through so many challenges in my life. You have taught me so much and most of all how much a father’s love means to his family. I miss you so very much dad, you are the best ever!
    Love you always,
    Chris, forever your Charlie Brown

  6. Robin Palmer says:

    I still can’t fathom you are no longer here. You and mom always had my back with love and support. I know parents are supposed to but you made it look easy. I’ll never forget the popsicle boat races in the rain , your ever never ending advice. Rest easy and assure we got your sweeties back ❤️ I love you so much Thank you for all that you have done for me and the kids. Miss you everyday. But never forgotten.

  7. Jasayah says:

    I miss u papa and love u with all my heart and I hope u are always watching over me💕💕

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Gary Arden Joplin

May 5, 1941 – January 11, 2024


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Gary Arden Joplin, 82, of Florence, AZ, passed away January 11, 2024 in Goodyear, AZ. He was born in Decatur, IL. Gary is survived by his wife, Ruth Joplin; his daughters, Garianne, Robin and Christina; his son, Gary; 13 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.

Gary’s career included 29 years with Prudential Life Insurance and 10 years working at Mountain View High School in the security department. He spent 24 years at Mountain View High doing the chains for football games. In addition, he coached his grandsons in Pop Warner football. Gary was involved with the Boy Scouts for ten years, obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout. He was also Assistant Scout Leader. In later years, Gary won the Senior Olympics Racquetball Championship.

Gary had many interests that kept him busy. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, as well as golf, Black River fishing, the Cardinals, Mt. View High School football games, and movies with milk duds. He will be remembered and missed by all who loved him.

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7 responses to “Gary Arden Joplin”

  1. Ruel macasaet says:

    Gonna miss you Dad God bless R.i.p.

  2. Kathy Akins says:

    I was so lucky to know this wonderful man. He always made me feel like family, in the best way..
    You will be so missed, Gary.
    Much love to your family.

  3. Diana Flores says:

    I have so many fond memories of Gary and Ruth in my life. Slumber parties, Marco Polo and just hanging with the Joplin’s. He was a special man who was dedicated to his family and kids. God Bless you and keep you safe until you meet again. Love and hugs always! Diana Flores and Pam Montesanti

  4. Racheal Gonzales says:

    You taught me so much papa, i will forever be Grateful for the time we all got with you, and will always cherish our memories. You are the greatest man ive ever known, no one compares to you! We all miss and love you so much! Please continue to watch over all of us and protect us. I love you papa!! Forever your Rachy

  5. Christina Lance says:

    For my father I will never be able to express in words how much you mean to me and so many other people. Although my heart is broken, I know you are with our Lord now and you will forever be in my heart. By sharing your values, life lessons and your love, our family is truly blessed and always will be. Without you I could not have made it through so many challenges in my life. You have taught me so much and most of all how much a father’s love means to his family. I miss you so very much dad, you are the best ever!
    Love you always,
    Chris, forever your Charlie Brown

  6. Robin Palmer says:

    I still can’t fathom you are no longer here. You and mom always had my back with love and support. I know parents are supposed to but you made it look easy. I’ll never forget the popsicle boat races in the rain , your ever never ending advice. Rest easy and assure we got your sweeties back ❤️ I love you so much Thank you for all that you have done for me and the kids. Miss you everyday. But never forgotten.

  7. Jasayah says:

    I miss u papa and love u with all my heart and I hope u are always watching over me💕💕

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