- February 15, 1932 - November 20, 2012
- Tampa, Florida
of Don's Passing
- In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Moffitt Cancer Center in Don Garrett's memory.
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“I have some great childhood memories of Don and Peggy Garrett and all the kids. I've thought about you all often over the years. I'll be thinking of...Read More »
1 of 20 | Posted by: Robin Woodie Worthy - GA
“Our hearts go out to your family. May you be comforted in the fact that Don is walking strong in the hands of the lord. Our father in heaven will...Read More »
2 of 20 | Posted by: Greg and Patty Groce - Lutz, FL
“I am a friend of Don's daughter Marilyn. I would like to say that Don will surely be missed, as he was loved very much. My heart goes out to the...Read More »
3 of 20 | Posted by: Susan - Holiday, FL - Friend
“A heart felt prayer for all the family. Don was a great person and will be missed by all that knew him.
4 of 20 | Posted by: Ricky D Copley - Redding, CA
“Uncle Don will always have a special place in my heart. He was like a grandfather to me. I have fond childhood memories of waking up in the morning...Read More »
5 of 20 | Posted by: Lori Colber - Land O Lakes, FL
“Sorry for your lost,I pray that you and the family feels the loving and comforting arms that God has wrapped around each of you.
6 of 20 | Posted by: Ramona Shipman-Grimes - Tampa, FL
“Although I did not spend much time with Don, my sister-in-law "Toots" is very special to me and I am so sorry for the loss of her father. I do know...Read More »
7 of 20 | Posted by: Denise Jackson - Tampa, FL
“Don was always so pleasant whenever I would see him. I never heard him say an unkind word to or about anyone.
8 of 20 | Posted by: Kathy Quinn - Land O Lakes, FL
“Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day, unseen, unheard, but always near, still loved, still missed and very dear.
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9 of 20 | Posted by: Jason Stanford - Fort Myers, FL
“May you find strength
in the love of family
and in the warm embrace
10 of 20 | Posted by: Ryan Stanford - Fort Myers, FL
“"Memory is a way of holding onto things you love,the things you are,the things you never want to lose"
Forever in our hearts and memories.
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11 of 20 | Posted by: Jeff & Cindy Stanford - FL
“Pat and family
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this trying time
12 of 20 | Posted by: Don and Nancy Norcross
“Don I am so greatful that you and Peggy had such a wonderful daughter, whom I got to marry, and also to become a part of your family. I will surely...Read More »
13 of 20 | Posted by: Bill James - Land O Lakes , FL
“Don was Father to my half-brothers and sisters Marilyn, Sheila, Patrick and Michael....I only got to meet him a few times while visiting Tampa...he...Read More »
14 of 20 | Posted by: Andrea Pritchett-Moore - Duarte, CA
“From one ex-soldier to another it was my honor knowing you. I'm deeply saddened by your passing. I will always cherish the time we spent together,...Read More »
15 of 20 | Posted by: Steven Meredith - Tampa, FL
“Don, you will be sorely missed, I enjoyed the time I got to spend with you and swap stories about our exploits in the 2/116th Artillery Battalion....Read More »
16 of 20 | Posted by: Steven Meredith - Tampa, FL
“I am sorry for the recent loss of your family member. No words can describe the hurt that you feel and will continue to feel. My family and I give...Read More »
17 of 20 | Posted by: Samantha Hyre - Alachua, FL
“TO MY UNCLE DON,
You were a good man and will be missed by so many, You have made it home now and until we all meet again. Take care. I love you.
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18 of 20 | Posted by: Frances Muncey - Pensacola, FL
“He was a good Father to his children and I know he is sorely missed.
19 of 20 | Posted by: Tommy and Libby Smith - Anderson, SC
“I am sorry to hear about Uncle Don passing. He was always good to me and my family. May God bless his whole family at this time. I know he will be...Read More »
20 of 20 | Posted by: Patti Carpenter - Walhalla, SC
GARRETT, Don Charles, 80, of Citrus Park, passed away on November 20, 2012. Don was born on February 15, 1932 to Floy and James Garrett, who lived on a small farm near Slocomb, Alabama. He attended Daleville (AL) school until 1946, when his family moved to Tampa. There, he then attended Cuesta Jr. High. Wanting to follow in the footsteps of his three older brothers, who all served in the military during WWII, he fibbed about his age (he was 16 at the time) to the recruiter, and joined the Army National Guard in 1948. Upon turning 17, he was able to convince his father to sign the paperwork allowing him to join the regular (active duty) Army in 1949. After completing his training as a demolition specialist at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, he was deployed to Japan, and then on to Korea after the war broke out. While serving in Korea, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal (with Valor device). Don was honorably discharged from the Army on August 14, 1952 and returned to Tampa, where he attended night school at Jefferson High and earned his diploma. He began working in the electronics industry and eventually was hired by Peninsular Telephone Company, which later became General Telephone (GTE), as a Special Service Technician. He retired from GTE after 28 years of service. His favorite pastimes were fishing, BBQs, family gatherings, and camaraderie with friends. Don was known for his quick wit and sense of humor, but his greatest attribute was his impeccable love and caring for his family. He is survived by Hester (Peggy), his wife of 48 years, 2 sons (Pat Garrett and Mike Garrett), 5 daughters (Marilyn Garrett, Jeanne Parton, Sheila Jones, Dorothea James, and Peggy Lee Copley), his sister (Grace Holloway). 10 grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren. Don was a very likeable guy who "never met a stranger", so to speak. He will be missed immensely and remembered always. The family will receive friends and guests for visitation at the Blount & Curry Funeral Home (Carrollwood Chapel) 3207 W. Bearss Avenue, Tampa, on Monday, November 26th from 6-8 PM. A funeral service will be held at the Blount & Curry chapel on Tuesday, November 27th at 10:30 AM, followed by interment (with military honors) at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell at 1:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Moffitt Cancer Center in Don Garrett's memory. Words of comfort may be expressed at blountcurrycarrollwood.com