Thomas G. Garrison

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Dr. Thomas G. Garrison

Was born April 4, 1930 in Posey County, Indiana, passed away December 5, 2012, surrounded by his loving family. Tom was an amazing husband, father, grandfather, teacher, and mentor. He was a long time educator and community leader who was instrumental in the development of vocational and alternative school programs throughout central Indiana.

He graduated with BS and MS degrees in Agriculture from Purdue University, an MS in Counseling from Ball State University and an Ed D from IU Bloomington. Among his many accomplishments, Tom received the FFA Honorary Farmer award in 1994, and Sagamore of the Wabash award in 1995. He has served as a Navy medic during the Korean conflict, and as Commander and Chaplain of the Brownsburg American Legion Post 331. He served on the school boards of St. Malachy School and Cardinal Ritter High School, President of the College Avenue Condo Association, and has served on the Brownsburg Park Board and as a Brownsburg Police Commissioner. He is a member of the Indiana Retired Teachers Association and has been a member of St. Malachy Catholic Church since 1966.

He is survived by his adoring wife of 61 years, Mary K (Catherine), sons Mike (Shari), and Greg (Niki), daughters Becky Garrison, Marty (Ray) Dunn, Mary Beth (Sean) Mullen, Cathy (Doug) Brinkerhoff, Joanie (Brian) Stader and grandchildren Tiffany (Brian) Giles, Michael (Amy) Garrison, Patrick (Faye) Rodriguez, Erin Rodriguez, Kyle (Jeff) Tutterow, Luke Garrison, Curtis Trujillo, Connor Stader, Brock Stader, Garrison Brinkerhoff, Kristen Brinkerhoff, and great grandchildren Taylor Traut, Jake Giles, Hank Giles, Tatum Tutterow, Tenley Tutterow, Ella Garrison, Finnegan Rodriguez, Naqiya Rodriguez and step great grandchildren Rhiannon Dunn and Freddie Barker. He was preceded in death by parents Casey and Ella Garrison, brothers Bob Garrison and Ted Garrison, sister Gladys Davis, granddaughters Vida Dannielle Garrison, Brittany Channel Dalton, and son in law Steven Brian Naanes.

Visitation will be from 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 9, 2012, at Matthews Mortuary and one hour prior to the funeral on December 10 at St. Malachy Catholic Church. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Monday, December 10, 2012 at St. Malachy at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Malachy Building Fund "Fulfilling the Promise", 9833 E. County Road 750N, Brownsburg, IN 46112

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Dec. 7, 2012
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