John Leonard Gardner

February 8, 1954 ~ January 15, 2021

John Leonard Gardner passed away unexpectedly at home in Washington, UT on January 15, 2021. He was born February 8, 1954 in Wheeler, TX to Vernon and Rose Gardner.

He grew up in Monticello enjoying the mountains, hunting, and riding motorcycles.

He participated in the Royal Rangers.

He married the love of his life and best friend, Jody Bergman Gardner. They celebrated 47 years of marriage.

John worked very hard to raise six amazing children whom he loved and adored more than anything.

John was a truck driver for 36 years. He drove all 48 states and over a million miles. Oh, the stories and knowledge he would share when he was home and to others. He enjoyed staying busy with woodworking, yard work, and being with his family. He is, and was, one of a kind.

John is survived by his loving wife, Jody, of Washington, UT; children Joy (Ruben) Partridge of Hinkley, UT, Bonnie Gardner of Delta, UT, Tara Cox of Nephi, UT, Barbara Kooken of Roosevelt, UT, John Gardner II and Nathaniel Gardner of Washinton, UT. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, mother-in-law Joyce Cook, two brothers-in-law, two sisters-in-law, and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Gene, Grant, and Jack; four sisters, Mary, Elaine, Jeanette, and Brenda; and son-in-law Casey Yates.

Dad made many close friends over the years.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 1 p.m. in the Washington, UT City Cemetery. Due to COVID-19, social distancing and masks are recommended.

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49 South Main St
PO Box 879
Monticello, UT 84535

Phone: 435.587.2277
Fax: 435.587.3377
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