Garrett Edward "Ed" De Jong of Tucson, Arizona, passed away at home on Saturday, November 23, 2013. Ed is survived by his wife of 43 years, Mary (Lindquist) De Jong; his three daughters, Marjorie (Mark) DeBoer, Kimberly (Martin) Zapata and Rebecca (Jeffrey) Wilkinson. He is also survived by his six grandchildren, his brother, Dr. David (Dorothea) De Jong; his brothers-in-law, George (Mary) Lindquist and David (Sharon) Lindquist and many nieces and nephews. Ed was born in Sheboygan, WI, on February 1, 1935. He spent his childhood in southern India and Kuwait as his parents were missionaries. Ed attended Hope College and the University of Michigan and taught math for many years at Belleville High School in Michigan. He married Mary Eileen Lindquist on June 20, 1970, and they moved to Tucson, Arizona in 1976. Ed was an avid pilot and loved flying around Arizona. He was very active in his church and had a deep and abiding love of the Lord. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at The Journey-Evangelical Free Church on 4700 N. Swan. Rd., Tucson, Arizona, 85718. Memorial donations may be made to UIM (United Indian Mission) Aviation, P.O. Box 6429, Glendale, AZ, 85312.
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Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Nov. 26, 2013