Gary Lynn Thornton, age 41, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, September 26th, 2023. Gary was born on October 31, 1981, in Wichita, Kansas to Gary and Susan Thornton. He was the firstborn of three children. Gary loved his adventures with family and friends. After moving from Derby, Kansas to Colorado Springs, Colorado in 2008, Gary began classes at Colorado University. He pursued his life's adventures on the Colorado and Arkansas River, working as a raft guide. During the winter months, Gary worked as a Snowboard Instructor at Breckenridge Resorts. Gary loved being outdoors and in the beautiful mountains of Colorado. Gary is survived by his mother, Susan Finke, stepfather, Tom Finke, brother, Christopher Thornton, sister, Ashleigh Gatlin, his niece, Avery Rose Gatlin, his nephews, Levi James Thornton, and Asa Bennett Gatlin. A Private Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, October 15th, 2023.