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Gary W. Toyn was born in Huntsville, Utah to goodly parents. His early career was spent as a lead singer in a rock band, where he traveled the globe. On his final tour, he survived a helicopter crash in the jungles of Honduras. After graduating from Weber State University he worked as a writer and journalist, interviewing NBA superstars, world political leaders, Olympians, political dissidents, and heads of state.


He has authored four books including The Quiet Hero: The Untold Medal of Honor Story of George E. Wahlen at the Battle for Iwo Jima, with contributions from Senator’s Bob Dole and Orrin Hatch.


He is also the co-author of regional bestseller Life Lessons from Fathers of Faith, and author of Life Lessons from Mothers of Faith, both published by Covenant Communications. These full-color, hard-cover coffee table books feature intimate and inspiring stories from people like Senator Harry Reid, Mitt Romney, Academy Award-winning producer Gerald Molen (Schindler's List), Hall of Fame Quarterback Steve Young, New York Times Bestselling author Stephen R. Covey, hotel magnate J.W. Marriott, Olympian Peter Vidmar, Harvard Business Professor Clayton Christensen and many other inspiring people.


His debut novel, For Malice and Mercy,  is a World War II family saga inspired by true events. 

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