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Gaye Deamer

March 8, 1939 — February 11, 2024

Gaye Deamer, at age 84, passed away peacefully in her sleep February 10th 2024 in Willard,



She was born March 8th, 1939 to Lyle and Ina Deamer in Ogden Utah, and was raised on 12th

Street in a very happy home with her four siblings Carol, Jean, Roger and Gary.

Gaye attended Mound Fort Junior High where she was a cheerleader. She graduated from

Ben Lomond High where her love for cheerleading continued and was also voted as Class

Officer. Her education continued at Weber State College. Her sophomore year she joined

Otyokwa Sorority and was later elected Otyokwa President. She graduated from Weber State

and enrolled at Utah State University where she graduated in Homemaking, Nutrition and



Gaye married Robert Lee Horsley and was blessed with three children: Heidi, Michael and

Mark. They were later divorced.


She began her career as a teacher at the Utah State Industrial School, teaching mentally-

challenged and emotionally disturbed youth. After teaching she found her love for writing. She

went on to write as a columnist for several newspapers throughout the country with over 300

columns published. She wrote several books, including ‘Commercial Foods Exposed and How

To Replace Them’, which was a best-seller for five years. She also wrote and produced the

musical “Jenny” which toured throughout Utah and Idaho. After writing, she began her career in

weight loss. She took a position with Diet Center in Rexburg Idaho, as an executive

administrator. After Diet Center, with her knowledge and love for nutrition, she opened her own

very successful weight loss business with multiple franchises.


She was a very devoted member to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She

served in many callings including Young Women’s, Relief Society as well as a two-year mission

in the Editorial Department editing church magazines.


Gaye lived in Bountiful for over 30 years and was loved by everyone in her neighborhood.

Later on, she moved in with her daughter Heidi and son in-law Brett. They graciously opened

their home to her and lovingly took care of her, day in and day out until the moment she passed



A story she would tell often was when she was 12 years old, her mother called her and her

brothers and sisters into the living room, sat them down and told them that they needed to give

out three compliments a day. It doesn’t matter who you compliment, you just need to be sure to

give out three a day. She took that to heart and lived it throughout her life. It made a difference

in countless people’s lives and she will forever be remembered for it.


She is survived by her three kids: Heidi Gunderson (Brett), Michael Horsley (Marty), and Mark

Horsley; five grandchildren: Theo-Hope, Joshua, Taylor, Paige, Amber and Dallon; nine great-

grandchildren: Ryder, Lacie, Riley, Aiden, Noelle, Lilly, Dmitry, Evie, and Oscar;  her siblings: 

Jean Bigler, Gary Deamer (Sharon) and Roger Deamer.


She is preceded in death by her parents Ina and Lyle Deamer and sister Carol Rohwedder.


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