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Thomas H. GARRETT III Obituary
of St. Paul Passed away at home on Aug. 19, 2012 He was born in St. Paul on February 3, 1945. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas H. Garrett, Jr. and Martha Elizabeth Seeger Garrett. He is survived by his best friend and wife of 30 years, Linda; his children, Karen Garrett Tvedt (John), Christina (Tina) Garrett (Cari) and Charles G. Garrett; brothers Michael P. Garrett (Tony), John (Jack) T. Garrett (Sarah) and sister Martha Garrett Burdess (Harold); Jennifer Garrett, grandchildren Kayla, Mariah, Taylor, Jonathan, Chase and Maddy and many, many friends and colleagues. He graduated from St. Paul Academy in 1963, attended Duke University, graduated from the Univ. of MN and received his law degree from the University of Minnesota, School of Law in 1970. He joined the firm of Lindquist & Vennum practicing corporate and securities law, with expertise in the drafting of documents for public offerings. In 1977 Tom was asked to be the attorney for a young company about to go public. That company was St. Jude Medical and in 1979 Tom became a director, staying so for the next 32 years. He was extremely proud of the Company and totally devoted to it, even attending meetings by phone while he was in the hospital. Recently the Company re-named its employee scholarship program in his honor. Tom was an avid golfer and a wonderful competitor. A long-time member of Somerset Country Club, he won its Championship 13 times over 5 decades. In 1961 and 1962 he won Minnesota's lone spot in the USGA Junior Championship Tournament held in NY. In 2001 he won the Minnesota State Senior Amateur Championship held at Somerset. He was also a member of Desert Mountain in Scottsdale, AZ. Tom was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2003. His family is so grateful for the tremendous care he received at Mayo Clinic, Methodist Hospital - Rochester and, especially, for Dr. Morie Gertz, who was there for him every step of the way. During the last few years Tom was asked to participate in several Mayo drug trials and he was so happy to do so because he said he was thanking all the trial patients who went before him and helping those to come. We also thank the staff at Methodist Hospital - Minneapolis, and Drs. Conroy, Carter and Menge for their care and support. Tom adored being a grandfather and was so proud of his grandchildren. He believed that his most important role was making the very best of memories for them. He took each of his grandchildren on a special trip just for them. He will be remembered most for his honesty and integrity, generosity and devotion to family. A celebration of Tom's life will be held on September 15, 2012 from 2 pm to 6 pm at Somerset Country Club, 1416 Dodd Road, St. Paul, MN. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Mayo Clinic for Multiple Myeloma Research or the Minnesota Military Appreciation Fund.



Published in Pioneer Press from Aug. 23 to Aug. 24, 2012
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