Gary Robert Cox, 70
SIERRA VISTA — Gary Robert Cox passed away suddenly on April 19, 2019 in Tucson, Arizona, surrounded by his family. Gary was born in Oregon on July 5,1948. He was the son of the late James T. Cox and Betty J. (Hanson) Cox.
Gary and his family moved to Arizona when he was a toddler. He graduated from Tempe Union High in 1966. He was a Vietnam Veteran of the U.S Navy and was stationed in Hawaii. Upon honorable discharge and returning home to Tempe, he married his loving wife Susie A. (Drugmand) Cox in August 1969. In the mid 1970’s he was inspired to become a teacher, and graduated from Arizona State University (spring of 1980) with a B.A. in Education. He relocated his family to St. Johns, Arizona, where he began his High School teaching career. While living in St. Johns he continued his education and earned his Master’s Degree from ASU in the winter of 1986. He relocated to Sierra Vista, Arizona to finish his High School teaching career at Tombstone High School.
Gary will be remembered as a loving Father and Husband. His legacy was inspiring to everyone he met or knew--family, students, athletes and friends--to achieve their best. His passions included education, coaching, music, movies, games, sports and collecting his Christmas decorations.
Gary is survived by the love of his life, wife Susie and his Children: Jill M. (Cox) Pearce, Noel R. Cox, Rebecka Cox, Nicholas T. Cox and Islay M.(Figaniak) Cox; mother Betty; and siblings, Christine (Cox) Dowdy, Joe Dowdy, James T. Cox Jr., Denise Cox and Jeffery T. Cox. Gary also leaves 11 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
A celebration of life will be announced at a later date. Gary will be greatly missed! No words can describe the void his passing will leave in everyone that knew him.