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Dean A. Garrett, Jr.

Dean A. Garrett, Jr.

Dean A. Garrett, Jr., 46, died peacefully in his home in Little Rock January 19, 2017. He is survived by his loving daughter, Lainey Garrett; his mother, Linda Hall Fordyce (John) ; his sisters Diane Newcomb, Eureka Springs, Mindy Gipson (Thom), VA, Leslie Garrett Cunha (Gabe), NY; his nieces and nephews Shannon and Matt Newcomb, Garrett & Brooke Gipson; his Fordyce step-siblings Jack, William (Karen), Elizabeth (Greg Whitmire); nieces & nephews Kenneth & David Reunard, J.R., Carly & Emily Fordyce. His father, Dean A. Garrett, his brother, Bob Garrett, and step-sister Anne Fordyce preceded him in death.

Dean was born Nov. 16, 1970, in Newport, AR. He lived in Fort Smith, Eureka Springs and Little Rock making long-term and valued friends. Deno inherited his Dad’s strength and athletic ability. He mastered BMX bicycle free-style and racing, winning First Place in his age group and class and the overall Race of Champions at Grand Nationals when he was 14. Skiing became his passion when he won the Jean-Claude Killy Award at Young Life for Best Beginner, skiing Black Diamonds his first day. He chose Colorado Mountain College for the skiing. He earned a BA in Psychology from UALR, a day after his daughter Lainey’s high school graduation.

Dean’s journey was challenging yet adventurous; his inherent abilities and pursuits kept life interesting. He embraced stone masonry in Eureka Springs, loving the engineering complexity and design, achieving in a short time what was called cathedral-quality skill. His work on the Crescent Hotel was featured on Bob Vila’s show. Shoulder pain limited Dean’s stonework but he creatively pursued and oversaw projects. His battle with chronic pain and depression never let up, but he made and valued continuous progress. He loved and appreciated those who helped him. When he got his home, he was so happy to help others by opening it as a Chem-Free House. In recent years he had a successful eBay business, enjoyed investigative journalism, and was researching and writing a book. His remarkable technical skills and ingenuity were appreciated by friends, family, and co-workers.

Lainey was his pride and joy. Her father thought of her as his saving grace. They shared many laughs, tears, and everything in between helping both of them cope with life’s everyday struggles. Lainey was the only one who could ever win an argument against him. One of Lainey’s favorite things in the world was her Daddy’s loving hugs.

He loved his family and friends. His brilliance was greater than anyone else’s argument! Dean’s presence, his sense of humor, his deep voice, and warm, comforting embrace is greatly missed.

Visitation 5 – 7 pm, Wednesday, January 25 at Ruebel Funeral Home with Memorial Service at 10 am Thursday at First United Methodist Church of Little Rock, 8th and Center Streets, with a reception following. Memorials may be made to The Firehouse Hostel and Museum, 1201 Commerce St., Little Rock, AR 72202.

Condolence Book

"I know that Dean was a very special man. My heart goes out to you, and you are all in my prayers. Ru"
Anne Michael | Newport, AR

"Lainey dear, you, your Dad and all the family are in our prayers. God bless you, Honey. Lots of love from all of us, Aunt Elaine

Elaine Gerard | Little Rock, AR

"Dear Garretts and Fordyces, You ALL remain in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. With love,

Kathy and Chuck Brown | San Antonio, TX

"Dean was a force of nature. He was fearless, kind, funny, and adventuresome. Dean had a sharp mind and a heart of gold. I was proud to know him and call him my friend. He will be sorely missed. RIP Dean"
Charles Zook | Little Rock, AR

"In spite of his trials he oozed LOVE. His father and brother and grandmothers will be happy to see reunite with him I am sure they were waiting for him as well as his beloved dogs"
nancy chambers | clearwater, FL

"Linda and family, My sincere sympathy goes out to you. You are in my thoughts and prayers for healing and comfort through you friends and family. I wish that I could be there, Linda. Maybe I can see you within the coming year to give you a hug in person. Love, Mary Lee"
MaryLee Friesz | Palm Desert, CA

"Linda and John, I am so sorry for your loss. He sounds like he was a very special man and my heart goes out to his daughter and all the family. "
Donna Dayer | Cary, NC

"I appreciated Dean's friendship as a fellow friend of Bill. He was smart and kind and will not be forgotten. Rest in Peace, Dean."
Anna-Kate Bogaards | Little Rock, AR

"Few things in life will ever affect us more deeply than the death of a parent. Not only do we have to endure the intense pain of  loss but we are also left to face a future that will likely be quite different from what we had expected. The Bible assures us  that death will be no more. May such promise  help you to cope with the loss of your fathr. My deepest sympathy to each of you.

Revelation 21:3-5
John 5:28,29
Psalms 37:29

Annette | Toledo, OH

"I did not have the pleasure of meeting Dean but when I read "Lainey was his pride and joy. Her father thought of her as his saving grace. They shared many laughs, tears, and everything in between helping both of them cope with life’s everyday struggles. Lainey was the only one who could ever win an argument against him. One of Lainey’s favorite things in the world was her Daddy’s loving hugs.", I felt I knew him ever so well. Prayers of peace for his family and friends."
bill ott | eureka springs, AR

"Dean was such a great friend to me in high school. So many fun memories with all of our group of friends. we reconnected on Facebook a few years ago and I have truly enjoyed the grownup version of our friendship just as much. Most recently I found great comfort in the political ally I found in Dean as helped me fight the good fight online. He had a brilliant mind and a kind and compassionate heart. I will miss him. Unfortunately I will not be able make to journey to be at the memorial, but my heart is with you all. "
Amy Baker Stout | Clarkston , WA

"We are so sorry for the passing of your dear loved one. May the family find true peace and comfort from Gods promise to reunite us with our family and friends by means of an earthly resurrection (John 5:28,29). "
W.C. | Lafayette, LA

"Linda, so sorry to hear about Dean. Our prayers are with you. I called Richard and he is in Costa Rica. Wanted you to know why he is not available to contact you right now. Love you!!"
Mark and Barb Weatherton | North Little Rock, AR

"Our deepest sympathy to you sweet Lainey and to the Garrett and Fordyce families. Dean is with Jesus and at peace. You are in our constant prayers. "
Allan and Sharon Berry | Little Rock, AR

"Linda and family, so sorry to hear of the passing of Dean. Prayers and thoughts are with you. "
glenda horton | north little rock, AR

"So sorry for your loss. Diane you are in my prayers!

Melody Strodtman | Berryville , AR

"My heart and prayers go out to you all. Much love, Deanna"
Deanna Michael | St. Petersburg, FL

"Many Prayers to all of you during this difficult transition. Such a Beautiful family - all of you. What a Special young man he was in body - and will always be in spirit for those who loved him.

Carol G. Scheibner | Maumelle, AR

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