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Gary Michael Dutton

Gary Michael Dutton, age 70, of Vandervoort, passed away on April 12 at Mena Regional Health System Hospital. He was born on December 13, 1953, in Crosbyton, Texas, to Jess Dutton and Peggy Cureton Dutton.

Gary graduated from Van-Cove High School in 1971. He joined the Navy soon after and served a full tour. He then worked for several years in construction in the pipe department of Brown & Root. In 1990, he traveled overseas to work on offshore drilling rigs that were part of one of the largest submersible platforms in the world. Gary’s work took him to Singapore, China, Indonesia, and Egypt, to name a few.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his best friend, his brother David; woodworking and gardening; and family cookouts, where he was famous for his fish fries and shrimp boils.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents; his loving son Jesse; two sisters, Deanna Dutton and Lawana Penny (aka, “Aunt Sis”); and one brother, Sonny Dutton.

He is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 52 years, Carolyn Dutton; two daughters, Stephanie Dutton and Shawna Dutton Rhodes; five grandchildren, Blaine Dutton, Tylor Davis along with fiancé Aquavia Jones, Dalton Rhodes, Kerry Davis, and Molly Rhodes; two great-grandsons, Amias Jones and Romyn Davis; two brothers, David Dutton along with his wife Maureen, and Curtis Dutton; and numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family members.

He was sent for cremation under the direction of Bowser Funeral Home. There will be no in-person funeral service, but virtual memorial services are available online at, where family and friends are encouraged to reflect on Gary’s life.

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