Horatio “Hy” Drury Gregory passed away on Friday, January 13, 2023, in Logan, Utah, at the age of 83, surrounded by his adoring family.
Hy was born March 4, 1939, in Logan, Utah, to John Robert and Livinia Augusta Drury Gregory. He grew up on his family’s Grade A dairy farm in Cub River, Idaho, where he spent many afternoons harvesting beets, herding cattle from the creek up a hill, and throwing hay bales. Gifted with natural strength, he was always willing to lend a hand. Hy’s passion for music started at a young age, and he became a talented violinist, clarinetist and had a beautiful singing voice. He also played many other instruments as a member of several marching bands in high school, college, and later with his students. After attending Preston High School, he earned two degrees from Utah State University in education and counseling and was awarded a master’s in Education from Brigham Young University. He remained a devoted fan of each of his alma maters.
It was love at first sight when he first set eyes on Charlene Bennett in a high school Spanish class. The high school sweethearts were married in the Logan, Utah Temple on August 6, 1964. Their courtship and marriage blossomed to the end due to their many common interests and love for adventure, particularly international travel, theater, and gardening. Every spring, the couple would travel to Arizona to watch baseball spring training.
He loved educating and guiding children. His career spanned 35 years in the Salt Lake School District, first teaching music, then Spanish, and then as a school counselor at Glendale Middle School, Northwest Middle School, and Hillside Junior High.
When he wasn’t working, he enjoyed fishing, sports and wood working. He spent many long hours in his home wood shop creating furniture. He built many of his grandchildren’s cradles and toys, his true passion was his family.
Hy served two missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. As a youth, he spent 30 months in the Spanish American mission in Texas and New Mexico. Later, he and his wife served in the Salt Lake Inner City Service Mission. He was devoted to his faith and held many leadership roles within his community and at the Highland View Ward. A source of delight and humor, he made friends wherever he went.
Hy is survived by his wife of 58 years, his children, John (Brenda) Providence, Alan (Emily) SLC, Brad (Monica) SLC, Pam Selman (Robert) Hyde Park, and Michelle Gregory (Richland, Washington), 16 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Odessa Owen and Joyce Dorigatti.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 24, 2023, at 11:00 am at the Smithfield 18th Ward building located at 625 East 600 South, Smithfield, Utah, with a viewing beforehand from 9:00–10:30 am.
Interment will be at the Franklin cemetery.
The funeral will be livestreamed and can be accessed online at