January 1, 1941 - February 22, 2017
Dean Garrett passed away in his home on February 22, 2017 at the age of 76. He was born January 1st, 1941 in Asotin WA to Bill and Eulene (Kiesecker) Garrett, who proceeded him in death.
He grew up on the Grande Ronde River and later moved to Anatone WA where he started school and in the 2nd grade he relocated to Pomeroy WA.
In 1958 he moved to Lostine where he graduated high school while living with his Aunt Shorty and Uncle Chet Lewis.
After graduation, Dean enlisted in the United States Army. He was sent to Germany, the land of his ancestors, where he served for his country. When he got out of the service he returned home to Lostine. Dean worked for various places in Wallowa County where he retired from the Wallowa County Grain Growers after 30+ years.
Dean also served as a volunteer for the Enterprise Fire Department from 1970-1996. He served as secretary and treasurer for 24 of those years.
He married Caren Lakey in 1965 and had 2 children, Chad and Todd. They divorced in 1981. In 1984 he married Janice (Makin) Collins and they had 1 daughter together, Mallory. He also gained 4 step children, Brad, Kelli, Randy and Jonna. They were married for 30 years and divorced in 2014.
Dean loved being in the outdoors, hunting and fishing. He and his son Chad would hunt the Chesnimnus and Zumwalt area yearly for deer and elk. His last big adventure was going on a fishing trip with his son Todd down on the coast in 2016. He also loved to go for drives around the area and tell stories to his kids and grandkids about all his experiences in Wallowa County.
He is survived by his children, Chad (and wife Valerie) Garrett of Oregon City, Todd (and wife Chris) of Vancouver Washington, Mallory (and husband Julio) Villa of Hood River and his two younger brothers Darrell and Vernie Garrett of Enterprise and Joseph, as well as numerous grandkids, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
A special thank you to Amber Hillock of Enterprise for taking care of him these last few months.
At his request, there will be no services but a private family burial in summer at the Flora Cemetery.
“Don’t grieve for me, for I am free”