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If you asked Dwayne, though, he "was 15 ½"! He was truly a boy in the body of a giant teddy bear of a man. His love for family and friends was matched only by his love of tradition.
Dwayne Anthony Garton
May 2, 1963 - Feb. 10, 2013.
Dwayne fought the good fight every day, having lived with diabetes which eventually required him to be on dialysis for several hours six days a week. Pneumonia sent him on this last trip to the hospital, but it was his weakened heart (physically, not emotionally) that took him in the end.
He leaves behind his devoted wife of 16 years, Katherine, whose extra special caregiving allowed Dwayne many more years of life; his mother, Carol Spalding; brother, Chris Garton; and sister-in-law, Gaylene Garton. He also leaves many other special aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, nieces and nephews.
Dwayne was predeceased by his loving grandma and grandpa, Virginia and Jack Kennedy, who were more like parents to him; his cousin, Terry Hope; and his brother and best buddy, Greg Garton, just five months earlier.
Dwayne went to college at age 32 and worked hard to earn his teaching certificate. He was a big sports nut, and number one fan of his nephews and cousins, taking action shots with his camera while they wrestled, played baseball, soccer or tennis. He was most recently coaching his young cousin on the finer points of football, well remembered from his days on the line as #76 at Cascade High School (class of 1981).
His interests ranged from nostalgic TV to the Peanuts Gang and J.P. Patches. He also loved camping at Kalaloch.
Dwayne asked his special thanks be extended to the staff at the Puget Sound Kidney Center, especially the "Home Training Department" for making it possible for him to be on home dialysis. He also wanted a shout out to Dr. Salwa Labib, who was tough, fair and really smart! He knows he was her favorite patient.
There will be a BBQ on Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at Gartonville, 2705 - 90th St SE. Bring your favorite story to share, and a potluck dish.
We miss you already, Dwayne. RIP. And - in Dwayne's words, "Bruins Rule, Seagulls Drool!"
Published in The Herald (Everett) from Feb. 15 to Feb. 17, 2013