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Garrett L. Thiel

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For five long years, the Thiel family had patiently waited for Garrett to enter their lives, and on November 19, 1996, Marc and Shelly received a call saying, "You have been chosen." Eight days later, on November 27, 1996, Garrett Louis Thiel was held for the first time by his adoptive parents. Garrett's adoption was finalized on June 2, 1997. The Thiel family was now complete.

Garrett was baptized and received First Holy Communion at Holy Rosary Parish in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Garrett attended Holy Rosary Pi-Parish School from Pre-Kindergarten through third grade, where he was fortunate enough to have his own mother as his teacher. For his fourth-through-sixth-grade years, he attended school at Fox Hollow Elementary. Garrett was currently an eighth-grader at Eagle Rock Junior High, where he will be greatly missed.

From the earliest days, Garrett loved his grandparents. He spent many days with his Grandma Joyce pulling weeds in the garden, baking hot cookies and later on swinging the clubs at any local golf course. Grandpa Louis and Garrett would wander the house with the "screw-biber" looking for things to "fik." Garrett was the fifth generation on the Thiel farm and looked up to both his grandfather and father and always thought that one day he would walk in those same footsteps.

In the spring, Garrett enjoyed traveling to Arizona to watch baseball spring training with his Papa Jerry and Grandma Braunda. When Garrett was in Arizona, he found even more golf courses to play with Papa Jerry. Garrett was planning his next trip to Arizona this December. If not on a golf course in Idaho Falls or Phoenix, Garrett loved being on the lake with Grandma Nettie and Papa Tootie. It was always a challenge to see who could catch the biggest fish. According to Garrett, he was always the winner.

There were other very important people in Garrett's life. Uncle Ryan always had a little shadow in Garrett. He was there every step of the way, learning more about the farm and how to ride snowmobiles. Garrett loved spending time with all of his aunts, uncles and cousins whenever they came to visit or when he could skip town to go see them. Garrett couldn't wait to turn 12 so that he could go hunting with his Uncle Craig in northern Idaho, and was thought of more as a big brother to Cade and Jailyn (Uncle Craig's kids) than a cousin.

Most importantly, Garrett loved his mom and dad. In the mornings, he would drag his feet to leave the house because he would rather stay home and play Guitar Hero with his dad, who was his everyday hero. Once in the car, he spent quality time on the way to school with his mother, where they shared a love of learning and education. Marc, Shelly and Garrett started traveling every year to make sure they lived life to the fullest. Mexico was one of Garrett's favorites because of the ocean and the beach.

Garrett was an avid outdoorsman, bowler, golfer, and an outstanding athlete on any field or court. Two of his strongest passions were snowboarding and fishing. This last weekend, Garrett was able to spend a wonderful day of hunting with his dad where he filled his deer tag for a second year in a row. In any spare time that Garrett had, he enjoyed riding his motorcycle, raising and showing his steer at the local Bonneville County 4-H fair, and maintaining a near-perfect GPA. Summer evenings were spent working hard as a Chukar's batboy; Melaleuca field will not be the same without Garrett's bright eyes and smile. Garrett enjoyed being a teenager and was counting down the days until he turned 14, where his dreams of owning the latest and greatest sports car didn't seem so far away.

Survivors include his parents, Marc Louis and Shelly Lynn Thiel of Idaho Falls; his paternal grandparents, Louis and Joyce Thiel of Idaho Falls; maternal grandparents, Jerry and Braunda Knott of Surprise, Arizona, and Lynette and Cliff Byers of Lewiston, Idaho; two uncles, Ryan (Colett) Thiel of Idaho Falls and Craig (Kathy) Knott of Viola, Idaho; four cousins, Cade and Jailyn Knott and Garrison and Kelsey Graf; and his Godparents, Anthony and Ann Peterson of Idaho Falls.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, November 5, 2010, at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, on the corner of Ninth Street and Lee Avenue in Idaho Falls, with Father Caleb Vogel as celebrant. Burial will follow at the New Sweden Cemetery. A Rosary will be recited from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. today, with a viewing following from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Buck-Miller-Hann Funeral Home, 825 E. 17th St. in Idaho Falls. Online condolences for the family may be left at www.buckmillerhann.com.

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Published in Post Register on Nov. 4, 2010
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