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SATURDAY, JULY 23, 2011, 7:18 A.M.

Jack Garrett—a friend of many years…

Good morning, Netizens...

 

Here, courtesy of the Spokesman-Review, is the obituary of Jack Garrett:

 

Former wheat farmer and lifelong eastern Washington resident, Jack Stewart Garrett, passed away on July 21, 2011 after battling cancer for several years. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, July 24, 2011 at 2 pm St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Parish at 330 E. Boone Avenue, Spokane, WA. Jack was born on December 30, 1934 in Spokane, Washington to Forrest and Gretchen Garrett. Jack was the youngest of four children. He grew up in Spokane where he graduated from Lewis and Clark High School. He met the love of his life, Nancy Rae Bowen, while in high school and after graduating from high school, the two of them were married on December 26, 1953 at St. Aloysius. They moved to Endicott, Washington where they immediately began farming and having children. Jack was active in the Endicott community where he served for several years as the mayor, and he was on the board of directors of the Wheat Growers of Endicott. Jack was active in the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks where he served as the Exalted Ruler of the Colfax, Washington lodge. He was also a member of Tall Elks. He served in the National Guard. Jack faced the tragedy of the loss of his son, John, who died at the age of 28 as well as the loss of his grandson, Tyler, who died in infancy. After these tragedies and 32 years of farming, Jack and Nancy sold their farm and moved to Spokane. Jack and Nancy took cruises and enjoyed family and friends in retirement. While in Spokane, Jack developed his passion for Model A cars. He bought a 1932 Model A and enjoyed tinkering on the car for years. He joined the Model A Ford Club of America where he served as the treasurer of the local Inland Empire chapter. Jack enjoyed making hundreds of pounds of German and Italian sausage with family members and friends every December. He developed a group of close friends from the coffee "klatsch" he went to many mornings. Jack was a talker; always wanting to be around people to share stories and reminisce. He had the spirit of a teenager. Surviving are his cherished wife, Nancy; and four of his children: Marian and her husband David Fisher, Spokane, Michael and his partner Alan, Seattle, Kathleen and her husband Mark Richter, Endicott, and Steven and his partner Terry, Seattle; eight grandchildren, Gretchen, Joel, Lindsae, Kayla, Claire, Colson, Quinn, and Sabrina; and six great-grandchildren, Brigitta, Natalia, Analina, Francesca, Mackenzie, and Isabele. Family requests no flowers. Memorials are suggested to Cancer Care Northwest. On-line guest book is at www.bruningfuneralhome.com.

 

Rest in Peace my old friend...

 

Dave




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