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Donald Garrett

January 3, 1932 -
July 13, 2020

Donald Edward Garrett, 88, of Savoy, IL, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, July 13, 2020 at 5:43 p.m. at Carle Hospital, Urbana, IL. He will be missed as a devoted husband, father of five, giving father-in-law, grandfather and great-grandfather to many and a spiritual dad and friend to those that he m…read more

Donald Edward Garrett, 88, of Savoy, IL, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, July 13, 2020 at 5:43 p.m. at Carle Hospital, Urbana, IL. He will be missed as a devoted husband, father of five, giving father-in-law, grandfather and great-grandfather to many and a spiritual dad and friend to those that he mentored throughout the years.

Don was born at home on January 3, 1932, in Decatur, IL, and was the eldest of 4 sons, born to Eddie and Marie Garrett. He graduated as President of his 1950 class from Decatur Lakeview High School, and then served 4 years in the United States Air Force.  After marrying his high school sweetheart, Patricia Sutton in 1952, they moved from Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, to Normal IL where he received his Bachelor and Masters Degree in four years.  He then proceeded to move to Rochelle, IL where he taught Mathematics, P.E., and coached football and basketball for 5 years. Don and his wife moved their family to Champaign, IL and he taught Mathematics, and also coached 8th grade football and 7th grade basketball at Jefferson Jr. High School, Champaign and then soon moved to Centennial H.S. where he eventually became the Math Department, Head and retired from education after teaching for 33 years. During these days he was actively involved as a teacher and deacon at Grace Baptist Church, Mahomet, IL.  After they were married 25 years Patricia, his beloved wife, died of cancer in 1978. Their surviving children are:  Carol Lynn (Doug) Allen, Mahomet, IL; James Edward (Diane) Garrett, Round Rock, TX;  Susan Marie (Doug) Sharp, White Heath, IL.

In 1980, Mr. Garrett, married Linda Bailey and was a loving husband and father to her two children. She survives, as do his step-children:  Scott Bailey of Anderson, IN; and Andrea (Reagan) Grubbs of Anderson, IN. Don and Linda were married for 40 years, July 12, 2020. Living out his Christian faith was of utmost importance and he worshiped and served at the First Baptist Church, Savoy, IL, and regularly volunteered with Linda at Empty Tomb in Champaign, IL.  During their “snow bird” trips to Florida, they attended South Lake Wales Church of God and served as Coordinators of the GAP (God Answers Prayer) team since 1999, which was a group of volunteers who specifically prayed for Warner University (a Christian University) students and staff, until their last trip in 2019. This was a very special ministry to both of them.

It is with deep concern for those that he loved, and because of the Covid-19 pandemic, that the family will be having a private burial service on August 1st at Prairie View Cemetery in Savoy, IL. They know that there are many that would like to wish to express their love and support of them in honor of Donald.  They ask that you do that through notes, cards to them, and/or monetary gifts to Empty Tomb, on behalf of his belief in this loving organization that helps those in need throughout Champaign County.  Please feel free to contact Morgan Memorial Home for any needed details.

Additionally surviving are brothers: Harry (Carole) Garrett of Lockport, IL; Wilbur Garrett of Mclean, IL; grandchildren: Joshua (Ashley) Allen of Asheville, N.C.;  Jami (David) Gillham of Wentzville, MO; Lindsay (Brandon) Atwood of Bellingham, WA; Jaise Allen of Mahomet, IL; Brittany Garrett of Round Rock, TX; Devin Garrett of Round Rock, TX; Jenna Read of  Charleston, IL; Hailey (Andy) Boyce of Monticello, IL; Kieran (Samuel) Baker of Greenfield, IN; Cade Grubbs of Anderson, IN; Noah Grubbs of Anderson, IN; Griffin Walter-Bailey of Atlanta, Georgia; Avery Walter-Bailey of South Bend, IN; Mari Walter-Bailey of Chicago, IL; great-grandchildren: Victoria, Gabriella, Annabella, Cayden, Mackenzie, Jackson, Rowan, Gracie, Tyler, Chase, Cayden, Ayden, Rylee, and Myles. There are also many nieces/nephews and great nieces/nephews.

Those preceding Don in death were his sweet grandson, Patrick Donovan Sharp, and his brother and sister-in-law George Riley (Melba) Garrett.

Two of the verses that meant the most to dad were Phil 1:20-21, and everyone that came in contact with him, knew he lived his life this way: “According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.  For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” And dad, “in the sweet by and by, we shall meet on that beautiful shore.”  You are so loved by all who knew you.

Online condolences and fond memories can be shared with his family at www.morganmemorialhome.com

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