Gary Ray Underwood

11/3/1942 ~ 11/1/2019

Gary Ray Underwood, 77, of Spring City, UT went to heaven peacefully on November 1st, 2019. He was born in Cortland, NY on November 3rd, 1942 to Ray Cowan Underwood and Mary Anne Pilat, both deceased. Siblings, Dave and Walt, are also deceased. Gary was raised in Groton, NY, but made residences in Apache Junction, AZ; Beaverton and Columbia River Gorge, OR; Lyle and Tenino, WA, and Spring City, UT. Gary had a deep love of his country to include the US flag, veteran’s, bald eagles, and wolves. Although he did not serve in the military, he had a profound love for those that did. He was also a devoted fan to the New England Patriots and Nascar racing. Gary was known to love the Oregon Coast, Multnomah Falls Oregon, and the Superstition Mountains in Arizona. He enjoyed fishing and hunting in his younger years catching his first shark (deemed a sturgeon later) in the Klickitat River. He worked in various aspects of construction throughout his long career. He also had a special fondness for gardening and growing tomatoes. Gary was known for his wicked sense of humor and stubbornness. He would laugh at all the health advice he received from his daughters! Most importantly Gary loved his family and is survived by five daughters, DD, Christina, Tawnya, Cece, and Micky; fifteen grandchildren and twenty-two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his ex-wives, Cynthia Monagon-Knudsen (friends for 70 years), and Sheila Campbell. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to be made to the Gary Sinise Foundation for Disabled Veterans National Foundation, or other Veteran’s charity of choice. Formal memorial services are not currently planned. Online condolences at

3 Responses to “Gary Ray Underwood”

  1. Sheila Ranger says:

    I am so very sorry. Best picture you could have posted.

  2. Micky says:

    I love you so much. I will miss your silly jokes, sly smile and your devious/devilish sense of humor. Even though we didn’t share blood you made me feel every bit your daughter. You were generous to the point that I worried you would give away everything. You taught me how to use tools and throw a football but you couldn’t teach me how to drive a stick shift. You loved animals and always allowed us to keep the stray animals we brought home. There’s so much I want to say and I tried to share as many memories as I could with you because I knew you wouldn’t be with me forever. I hope you knew how much I loved you. I’m feeling this loss so deeply. You are my dad and I’ll miss you forever. Love ya, Micky

  3. Christina Underwood says:

    My father, I’m sorry I didn’t reach out to you sooner, if for no other reason, but to simply say, “I Love You “, and that will bother me for quite sometime.

    For everyone else in dad’s family, I’m sorry for our loss, and I’m saddened that dad is no longer here with us. I hope dad🦂finds peace, joy, and tranquility within his next life.

    Most Sincerely, 🙏
    Christina June Underwood 🦂
    (one of dad Gary’s daughter’s)