A potluck to celebrate his life will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 20, at his family's home, 760 NE Mashburn Rd.
Gary was born on Jan. 25, 1956, the son of Leo C. and Joanne Spence, in Mountain Home. Gary lived his life in Smith Prairie and Mountain Home.
"He took care of the campfire, the home fire and the coffee was always on and enjoyed by many," his family said.
Gary was a handyman, a cook, a mechanic and he made knives. He loved to hunt, fish, camp and ride motorcycles.
"He will be greatly missed by his family and friends," his family said.
Gary is survived by: his parents, Leo and Joanne Spence of Mountain Home; his sisters, Jeania Spence, Marla Spence and Terry Spence of Mountain Home; his brother, Dale Spence of Colorado Springs, Colo., as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins.