Dennis Esplin Pay
1940 ~ 2012

Dennis Esplin Pay, 72, after battling cancer, returned peacefully to his Heavenly home on December 27, 2012 surrounded by his loving family.

Dennis was born July 8, 1940 in Nephi, UT to Clarence Heber and Lenna Esplin Pay. Growing up in this small farming community, he learned from a young age the meaning of hard work which he applied his whole life. He played basketball and football at Snow College where he met his wife Gail Thornton. They were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple on December 15, 1960. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the U of U and a Masters in Physical Therapy from USC. He moved to Arizona in 1970 where he lived for 35 years working in the building industry and Physical Therapy.

His great loves in life were his family, serving in the church, coaching and scouting. He will always be our gentle giant who carried an amazing calmness and love that was felt by all who knew him. His last testimony to his family was this, "I love my Savior," which was evident as he left this life serving a full time mission with his wife in Salt Lake City at the Church History Library.

Dennis expressed at the end that there was more work for him to do and that he was ready to continue to serve the Lord on the other side.

He is survived by his wife, Gail and children, Dennis (Charise) Pay, Garry (Jeana) Pay, DeAnne (Blair) Mankins, Kelli (Brad) Bishop, Steven (Eimile) Pay, Andrea Pay, Shannon (RJ) Ziegler, 25 grandchildren, and his sister Carolee Coleman. He is greatly loved and missed.

Funeral service will be held on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 11:00 am in the Salt Lake City Second LDS Branch, 142 West 200 North, Salt Lake City with a viewing prior to from 9:00-10:30 am. Interment will be later that day at the Vine Bluff Cemetery in Nephi, Utah.

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