Gary died of cancer on March 10, 2010. His obituary was published in the Deseret News on March 12, 2010.
Gary Clifford Bryner 1951 ~ 2010 Gary Clifford Bryner, 58, died peacefully at home in Provo, Utah, on March 10, 2010, of cancer. He was born in Salt Lake City on April 15, 1951, to Clifford Gault and Barbara Fairholm Bryner. Gary grew up with his four siblings: Lynda (Mark Fenton), Janis (John Bohling), Doug (Susan Molnar) and Pat. He married Jane Stevens in the Salt Lake Temple in 1976. They have three children: Benjamin (Kelly Hunter), Nicholas (Carly Winston) and Jonathan (Tallia Feltis), and three granddaughters: Eve, Portia and Alice. Gary graduated from Highland High School in Salt Lake City, and completed BA and MS degrees in economics at the University of Utah. He taught at Cottonwood High School in Salt Lake City for two years. He received his PhD in government from Cornell University in 1982. Gary was a professor of Political Science at Brigham Young University, and taught courses in American government, public policy, constitutional law, environmental law, and international development. While continuing his teaching career, he completed his JD degree at the BYU law school in 1994. He was director of the University of Colorado's Natural Resources Law Center in Boulder from 1999 to 2001. He served on the board of directors of the Inter-American Foundation and the Mali Rising Foundation, organizations that work to alleviate poverty in developing countries. Gary loved his associations with students and frequent travels with his family and students to study in Washington DC, Paris, and northern Mexico. In his writing he sought to advance ideas and policies to promote civic engagement and fairness. Over years of teaching, he inspired a great many students from varied backgrounds to believe in their abilities to make a difference. Gary was a faithful and devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served as a missionary in the France-Switzerland Mission, and served with love in many capacities in the church throughout his life. He was an extraordinarily loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. His kindness, gentleness, patience, and love for each person he encountered are his legacy to all who know him. Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 15 at 11:00 a.m. in the Pleasant View 4th Ward Chapel, 2900 N. 650 E, Provo. Visitations will be held Sunday, March 14 from 6-8 p.m. at the Berg Mortuary of Provo, 185 E Center St., and at the Ward Chapel on Monday from 10-10:45 a.m. Interment will be at Larkin Sunset Lawn Cemetery in Salt Lake City. For anyone wishing to make a memorial donation, Gary suggested the Mali Rising Foundation (malirisingfoundation.org).