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Heath, John Gary

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June 20, 1942 - August 7, 2018

Heath, John Gary

John Gary Heath, age 76, died August 7th at Flower Mound, Texas after a long battle with lymphoma and heart disease.

Mr. Heath is survived by his wife, Carol, three children: John Heath, Scott Heath, and Ryan Heath. He also leaves behind three grandchildren, Ashley Heath, Jonathan Heath, and Caroline Heath.

Mr. Heath is a veteran of the Vietnam War, where he earned several accolades including the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal.  The son of James Heath and Myrtle Lois Heath, he grew up in Texas and Louisiana where he enjoyed baseball, softball, golf, hunting and fishing.

Mr. Heath enlisted in the United States Navy in 1960 and served honorably for 20 years.  After retiring, he continued serving his country as a Department of Defense civilian employee and contractor.  He was instrumental in deploying the Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM), a guidance kit that converts unguided “dumb bombs” into precision munitions that greatly reduce civilian casualties.

A viewing for Mr. Heath will be held Aria Funeral Home from 6:00PM to 8:00PM on August 13th at 19310 Preston Road, Dallas, Texas.  He will be interred with full military honors at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery at 10:15AM on August 14th.

Donations are requested in lieu of flowers:
Fisher House:
The Association of Navy Ordnancemen:
American Cancer Society:

Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252

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August 16, 2018 9:56AM

Sending my condolences to the family. May God's promises found at Acts 24:15 and Psalms 37:29 bring you comfort during this difficult time.

Dorothy Abney

August 13, 2018 8:53PM

Sending my deepest condolences to the Heath family. May The peace that comes from memories of love and laughter be of comfort to you and your family now and the days ahead.

John Belfrey

August 13, 2018 2:16PM

You and your family are in my prayers. Sorry to hear of your loss.

Monica Caddell

August 13, 2018 2:05PM

I am heartbroken over your loss. I pray you all find peace and comfort during this difficult time. God bless. 🙏🏾🙏🏾

Ken Claunch

August 11, 2018 7:17PM

We have wonderful memories of Gary having worked with him at China Lake. Ken enjoyed the friendship they had and the times they spent together playing golf. We are missing him along with you. Our deepest sympathy. Ken and Leanna Claunch

Dennis Curley

August 11, 2018 12:10PM

Carol, John, Scott and Ryan
I am sincerely sorry for your loss and hope you can find peace in the love and wonderful memories he left. I first met Gary at Eglin, AFB through our common buddies, Don Carbonneau and Glenn Riley. Our common work environment, shared Bluewater Navy days and our love of fishing soon bonded our friendship. Gary, a pure “Cajun” had more nicknames bestowed on him by his buddies than anyone I’ Ever known, but to me he was “Friend”. Over the years the four of us would always reserve a week for a fishing adventure. These adventure took us to Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. Not that we caught more fish each time, but the tales sure grew!!
My “Friend” your on a new adventure now and we can’t be with you but I wish you calm seas and the wind to your back. John Gary you were a “Good Man”.

Glenn A Riley

August 11, 2018 11:15AM

Thoughts and Prayers with ya Carol and Boys. Very special family to us Rileys. May he rest in peace.

Glenn & Man Shil

Glenn A Riley

August 11, 2018 11:15AM

Thoughts and Prayers with ya Carol and Boys. Very special family to us Rileys. May he rest in peace.

Glenn & Man Shil

James Broussard

August 10, 2018 6:19PM

Dear Aunt Carol and Family,
My prayers and condolences are with you all at this difficult time. Uncle Gary will be greatly missed and I will never forget this wonderful man and his examples of faith, honor, courage, and respect. May Angels of Comfort and Mercy Protect Your Family and keep them Safe. Fair Winds and Following Seas, Uncle Gary.
-James Broussard

Linda Crisp

August 10, 2018 8:27AM

Dear Carol, John, Scott, Ryan and families,
I am so sorry for your loss. I am so glad that Joe and I were able to visit with Cousin Hary and Carol just a couple of weeks ago. Gary’s mom (my dad’s only sister) was so special to me and so too were my cousins John Gary and his brother Weldon Francis. I love seeing the tributes to J. Gary here. Carol, you and Gary raised 3 wonderful boys and I know you are blessed beyond measure by their families. All our love, Linda, Joe, Lisa, and Melanie (Dalton and Everett).

Floyd Johnson

August 10, 2018 8:03AM

Gary and I both worked the Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) program from the early days through full-rate production. We both finally retired (again) and moved to Texas near each other. Gary was always a joy to be around whether fishing, having dinner with our wives, or just having a beer, A great friend and a great loss. Lois and I send love and condolences to Carol and the family. May God strengthen you.

Suzy Buford

August 09, 2018 8:47PM

Dear Carol & Bots,
I'm so sorry to hear about Gary's passing, in one sense, our family gets smaller and smaller, on the other hand it keeps growing as our children grow up and have their own families. Ive not been able to see any of you since you move from the San Antonio area, but all we shared will never go away. We will always be family. Love Ya All Suzy

Tracie (Flanary) Pendolino

August 09, 2018 7:44PM

We first met the Heath's in New Orleans while my Dad (Virgle Flanary) was stationed there with the US Navy. We became instant friends! Gary and my father were fishing buddies and our families spent quite a bit of time together. Both our families ended up in Texas together and we only lived a few blocks from each other in Grand Prairie. Their boys called my sister and I "the lite brite" girls because that was our favorite game to play together. Gary was a very laid back and gentle man and I will always cherish those special memories of fishing, crabbing and just hanging out with Gary and his wonderful family. God truly blessed us with such wonderful friends. My heart is heavy but it gives me peace to know that Gary is in no pain and is whole again in the Lord's arms. Gary and Virgle have probably already hit all the best fishing holes in heaven. Rest in peace my dear friend and we all shall meet again one glorious day! My thought and prayers are with Carol, John, Scotty and Ryan. Much love to all of you. "The lite brite girl" Tracie (Flanary) Pendolino

Mike Bray

August 09, 2018 3:50PM

I met Gary when he and Carol moved to Spring Branch. We built his extension onto his famous patio bar. Then got to spend several memorable times there enjoying Gary and his infectious laugh over a “cold one”. What a great person and a True American Hero! The world is minus ONE GREAT MAN -RIP-Semper Fi My Good Friend-GOD LOVE YOU CAROL-WE LOVE YOU-Mike & Jenny Bray

Dennis Carmody

August 09, 2018 12:35PM

I first met John in 1978 when he checked into VF-201 NAS Dallas. He became my mentor. We became good friends and followed each other after our Navy careers. He was a good man and husband and father. I haven't seen John for many years but I will miss him knowing he is not there. RIP, John. You did a good job. Fair winds and following seas, shipmate.

Gay Bourg

August 09, 2018 10:49AM

So sorry for your loss Carol and family. God’s peace be with you.

Sarah S. Laos

August 09, 2018 10:14AM

I am so sorry to here of your husband John’s passing. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers.

Sarah Laos

Jim Guthrie

August 09, 2018 9:27AM

Carol, John, Scott, and Ryan
Yesterday was one of the saddest days of my life. My heart goes out to you for your loss. As you know, Gary was one of my best friends. We were living proof that opposites do attract in a good way. He worked harder than anyone I ever met to support the fleet. His Cajun spirit and quick humor made all the years I worked with him such a pleasure. Our beer calls, dinner out with wives, and great fishing adventures were just the best. My good buddy may you have fair sky’s and a following sea on your way to heaven.
Jim Guthrie

Scott Heath

August 08, 2018 9:50PM

If you're lucky enough to have a father like my Dad (John Gary Heath) you know what a loss it is to loose your best friend...mentor and role model all at the same time. No one will ever love his wife, boys, friends and family the exact same way he did. My father loved his family, his country and he always had a real connection with anyone that placed serving others before serving themselves. He was fair, honest, wise, fun, tough when he needed to be and compassionate and caring when he realized tough and stern no longer applied. I couldn't have asked for a better tour guide in this life and I'll always remember the man who served his family, his country and served as an example of what one person can achieve with a little passion...some hard work...and some help from an amazing the greatest country in the world. Rest in peace Dad.