Gary S. Esplin was born in St. George and grew up in the "Old Sandtown" area of the City. He attended all the local schools and graduated from Dixie High School in 1970 and from Dixie College in 1972. He furthered his education with a degree in Political Science from the University of Utah in 1974. He received his Master’s Degree with a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Brigham Young University in 1976.
Gary was employed by the City of St. George in 1975 as a Management Intern. He then served as the Assistant to the Mayor of Riverton City in 1975 and 1976, and returned to the City of St. George as the Assistant to the City Coordinator in 1976. He became City Manager in 1977, and has served as such to the present day.
Gary is active in his community and throughout the State of Utah. He served as President of the Utah City Management Association, was named the Administrator of the Year, served as a Board Member of the Dixie Center Special Service District, has served as a Board Member of the Utah Local Government Insurance Trust, and is a Past Member of the Board of Trustees of the Dixie Regional Medical Center. He is currently serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the Washington County Interlocal Agency. He has served as a Little League Coach for many years, as well as in various leadership positions in his church.
Gary is married to DeAnna Stanworth; they have five children and eighteen grandchildren.