Gary Dean "Noche" Knight

September 17, 1944 - March 11, 2020
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Gary Dean Knight (“Noche”) died at age 75 after enjoying his favorite meal and an evening view of the Push Ridge Mountains with his beloved Linda (Todd) on March 11, 2020.  Gary was born at the Stork’s Nest in Tucson, Arizona on September 17,1944. He was a graduate of San Manuel High School and attended the University of Arizona. Noche served in the United States Air Force from 1966-1970, serving during the Vietnam War. Gary worked construction and retired from the BHP Mine in San Manuel, Arizona. In his later years, he kept busy following grandchildren from fields/gyms, to shooting ranges, to music and dance recitals. Noche was an avid game player, especially dominoes and cards, and loved to win! With his wife of 16 years (Debbie Hughes) he had three children. He was the beloved father to Angie Knight, Mindy Knight Marlow (Blake), and Tanner Knight. He was the proud Papa to Noah and Charlotte Marlow. They made his heart smile and he filled their life with love. What relation he didn’t have by blood, he had by heart with the family of Linda Todd (David & Kim Todd, Shari & Jim Attebery). For 16 years he was the cherished “Grandpa Noche” to Colton, Ryan, and Kaytie Todd and Samm Attebery. Family will receive friends at his home on Wednesday, March 18th from 3:00-6:00 pm to celebrate his life. Please wear your favorite piece of silver or turquoise to honor Gary and his appreciation of Indian jewelry.


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Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Time: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm


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Born: September 17, 1944
Died: March 11, 2020

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Michael Martin posted on 4/16/20

Rest in peace dear Gary. You are and will remain the most selfless, kind and caring person I have ever known. Always willing to help anyone in anyway, with compassion and a big smile. My heart hurt when I was informed of your passing and still does. I and all those who love you take solace in the fact that you are ever by our sides guiding and watching over us from above. You made the world a much better place the short time you were here. God speed my dear friend.


Tommy Davis posted on 3/18/20

My deepest thoughts for you


Haris & Sanja posted on 3/18/20

In memory of Gary Dean "Noche" Knight, Haris & Sanja lit a candle


Nancy Large posted on 3/16/20

We are so sad to hear this news. Very happy to know he enjoyed his grandkids as we do also. I know he will be truly missed. Prayers for strength for all the family. Sincerely, Danny & Nancy Large, Mammoth


Brenda Faye Rishel posted on 3/16/20

My sincerest condolences to Linda and the entire family. Thoughts and prayers are with you all during this most difficult time. May your wonderful memories give you solace until you see him again in Heaven.


Tawn posted on 3/16/20

Thoughts & Prayers to the Family & Friends! God Bless you all.


Tom and Dede Nay posted on 3/16/20

I am so sad to hear of Noche’s passing. I remember him fondly. He was a good friend to my best friend’s sister and he would kid around with us and give us rides on his motorcycle. He was a great guy! Noche went to school with my husband Tom Nay. We both send love and our Sympathy to his wife and family. May God bless and comfort you in this difficult time.


Pamela Weddle-Wooten posted on 3/15/20

My condolences to his family and friends. I remember working at the mine in the late 70's and talking to Noche. He was a good guy. RIP friend.


Tommy weddle posted on 3/15/20

Oh wow so sorry to hear about ( nochie)Gary I knew him in high school he was such a cool guy he will be dearly missed


Bonnie (Weddle) pechin posted on 3/15/20

Condolences and prayers Bonnie Weddle class of 65


Buzzy Granillo posted on 3/15/20

A great loss to all of us who were privileged to have known Noche. My condolences and deepest sympathy to his family and loved ones. My you rest in eternal peace, my friend.


Barbara Beneitone posted on 3/15/20

Sending my heartfelt condolences to Noche's family. May you be comforted by the beautiful memories he left for you.


linda shumaker posted on 3/15/20

May your hearts be comforted in the precious memories you share of him. The world will miss his light????????


Janet Miller posted on 3/14/20

He was a cherished part of our family and he will be missed


Janet Miller posted on 3/14/20

He will be missed


Susan Young posted on 3/14/20

I have so many wonderful memories since childhood of times spent with Gary. They are all special to me as Gary was such a wonderful man. He was generous, kind & loving, he had a huge heart! I will miss him terribly.