Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

October 1, 2020
Gary Buhler

Obit Gary BuhlerGary Buhler passed away Sept. 19, 2020, of a heart attack at his home in Cotacachi, Ecuador, at the age of 72, doing what he loved to do — anything that involved a hoe, a wrench, or water. 

He received his bachelor of science degree from the University of Northern Colorado, after which he served in the U.S. Army as a medevac helicopter pilot. Following his military retirement as a Captain, he obtained a law degree from the University of Utah and practiced for 20 years in Tooele County, Utah.

He was well known in court and, while he dressed as a simple country lawyer, he earned the respect of judges, other lawyers, and clients as a sharp witted and savvy advocate for the rights of individuals under the law. Bailiffs frequently noticed his ties as he dressed according to the kind of day he anticipated in court. 

Gary followed his legal retirement by moving to South America and becoming a coffee farmer and enjoying life with his loving wife of 50 years, Carol. At the time of his passing, they were renovating a ranch house in the Andes. 

Gary is survived by Carol, his daughter Jaime (Evan) Topham, son Jesse (Brandie) Buhler, grandchildren Gary and Samantha, and his brother Randy (Mary) Buhler. 

The public is welcome to join the Buhler family to celebrate the life of Gary Buhler on Oct. 10, 2020, to share photos and stories. Outdoors; dress for the weather; open house style; come between 1 and 4 p.m. at your convenience, Pegasus Event Center, 291 Race St., Grantsville. Please consider donating to Happy Tails at Pegasus,, in lieu of flowers.

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