Garn was born February 28, 1933 to Septemma Layton Blood and Lewis Paul Whitesides in Ogden, Utah. He died July 11, 2023 at 90 years old surrounded by his loving family. He was a member of the LDS Church since birth. He was raised on a farm, and there learned the value of hard work and integrity. He gained a love of reading and learning from his mother Septemma, who was widowed when Garn was young. He graduated from Davis High School and went on to wrestle for Utah State University. He joined the Army and was Honorably Discharged after 10 years of Service. He married Roberta Tobin, and later divorced. He then married the love of his life, Dolores Diane (Dee Dee) Deutsch, whom he cherished for 43 years, until the very end. Their love story are what legends are made from for being sincerely loving, playful, and pure.
Garn worked in the Aerospace industry for over 50 years, first at Thiokol in Utah, later at Moog as a Manufacturing Engineer in Los Angeles, where he retired. He enjoyed his retired years by spending time with family and enjoying simple days in his and Dee Dee’s beautiful paradise of a home.
Garn was a loving, devoted Husband, father, uncle, grandfather and great-grandfather, and many have a claim to his love and legacy. He was the kind of man who made each person he had a relationship with feel special in his presence. He loved everyone he came into contact with and is loved by all who were privileged to know him. He loved being a grandfather and would shower his grandchildren with affection. Garn was quietly observant. He would often notice and comment on details that would surprise others and reveal how astute he was. He valued honesty and integrity above all else. He loved spending time with his family, including stepping in with his nieces and nephew when his brothers passed. His quiet demeanor could speak volumes without a word or by a simple touch or twinkle from his eyes.
Garn is survived by his loving wife Dee Dee, four children, Laura, Audrey (Cheryl), Reid, Nancy (Gary); nephew Bill (Jessie), nieces Margo, Paula (Pat), Pam and Teri (Jim). 16 Grandchildren, Liz (Jason), Temma (James), Kathleen (Bryce), Justin (Amy), Joy (Shaun), Diana (Jimmy), Daniel (Krystal), Samuel, Kayla Marie (Ryan), Michael (Krista), Gabriel, Richard Jacob (Nikki), Jessica (Justin), Erin (Josh) and Christopher. 33 great grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren.
Special thank you to Noe, Blanca and Yolonda for your continued love, support and caring for Garn so lovingly, as if he was their own.
Garn is preceded in Death by Mother, Father, son Tracy, brothers Lynn and Allan, grandson Neil Harris.
According to his wishes, Graveside services for family members will be Friday July 21, 2023 at Kaysville City Cemetery Utah, at 11:00 a.m.
Services entrusted to Lindquist’s Layton Mortuary, 1867 No. Fairfield Rd., Layton, Utah.