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George 'Vance' Garrett, 79

| April 24, 2010 10:02 AM

George “Vance” Garrett, born Oct. 26, 1930, Retired Chief Petty Naval Officer left this life peacefully at his home in beautiful North Idaho on the south side of the Spokane River in Post Falls, surrounded by his loved ones on April 22, 2010.

Vance was born in Nephi, Utah, and joined the Navy at age 17 beginning his 20-year career in Tacoma, Wash., ending his service as a linguist in Maryland with four daughters the youngest born while overseas in Ankara, Turkey. Vance was proud to serve his country and has cherished the lifelong friendships he gained from his military service. Vance retired from his work career as a court reporter in Coeur d’Alene where he amassed many more friends.

Vance was an avid hunter, and loved to take his girls and grandkids fishing when the opportunity arose. He loved life, trying new hobbies, and was always crafting something beautiful for his family and friends. He loved to garden and cook. He adored his faithful dogs, Georgie and Emme. His ultimate joy in life was his family.

He is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Linda, his pride and joy in daughters Cheryl Bullock, Debi Garrett, Julie Simmons, Georganne Fry and Tara Williams; sisters Ann Garrett, Carrie Nate and Sandy Crocker; along with brothers Clarence Garrett and Bob Mahoney; his precious grandchildren Michael and Brian Bullock, Aaron Davidson, Matthew, Nathan and Caitlin Reininger, and adorable great-grandchildren, Heather and Devin Bullock, Garrett and Amber Bullock, and Logan Davidson.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Hospice of North Idaho.

A small memorial will be held at 2 p.m. today, April 27, 2010, at the Evergreen Cemetery, 2834 N. Spokane St., Post Falls.

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