John Garner
1931 - 2021
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Johnnie Lemar Garner, Jr., 90, of Marysville and Bellevue, WA, peacefully passed away February 21, 2021, surrounded by loved ones, after a battle with prostate cancer and Alzheimer's.

John was born on January 1, 1931, to John and Mary Garner in San Diego, CA. Being a Navy brat, he moved between Hawaii, San Diego, his grandparents' home in Black Diamond, and then Seattle and Edmonds. An exceptional athlete and student body leader, he graduated from Edmonds High School in 1949. He went on to Everett Junior College for two years and then completed his Naval Officer's Training program. He returned to Seattle to finish his education at the University of Washington. John played football and baseball at Everett JC and played baseball at UW. As first baseman, John was elected team captain his sophomore year at EJC, winning the state championship, and again in his junior year at UW. He went on to coach the Huskies freshman team as they aimed to take the NCAA title. It is rumored that the Chicago White Sox were giving John a good look, but he had already committed to the Navy. John was inducted to the Everett CC Hall of Fame in 2016 for both baseball and football, and to this day holds the school record for returning the longest interception pass for a touchdown (99 yards).

In 1950, he met Noreen Hoerath, of Snohomish. They were introduced by Bernie Averill, the son of Earl Averill, the legendary MLB player from Snohomish. Averill was coaching the American Legion team John was playing on that year with Bernie managing the team. John and Noreen married June 27, 1952. Noreen graduated nursing school in 1952 and they began to build their life while John finished his studies at UW with a master's in education.

After graduation, John served two years active duty in the Navy. After stints at bases in SC and LA, John and Noreen were stationed in Long Beach, CA, where they started their family. John continued to serve in the Naval Reserves, winning awards for his leadership, retiring in 1973 with the rank of Commander.

Post-Navy, John taught history and PE and coached football, basketball and baseball at Edmonds, Mt. Lake Terrace and Ferndale. He served as assistant principal in Edmonds, Mt. Lake Terrace and at Meadowdale. In 1973, the family moved to Marysville where John had become the principal of Marysville High School in 1970, which then merged with Pilchuck High School. He remained the principal of MPHS until 1982 when he retired serving the school district for over 20 years.

Not one to sit back, John tried his hand at selling cars and quickly became the sales manager. His gift of listening served him well and he loved the change of pace. John was then asked to become the City Administrator in Marysville, a post he held for six years. In 1993, he was elected to the Snohomish County Council and served four years. John remained a leader in the community and proudly served as a charter member of the Marysville branch of Rotary International in 1985, winning numerous awards for his service over 27 years. John also served on the board of the Marysville/North Snohomish County YMCA and the Evergreen Council of Boy Scouts.

Once retired, John had time to fully pursue his love of golf, which he would play as often as possible, reading war history books, traveling, and spending time with his kids and grandkids. His beloved wife, Noreen, passed away after a battle with ovarian cancer in 2002, just days shy of their 50th wedding anniversary.

As fate would have it, Bernie Averill again set John up with the woman who would become his second wife, Maxine Paige. With a mutual love of golf and much in common, the two married July 24, 2004. Maxine and John were lucky to find love and companionship a second time around. John would tell people that "without baseball, I wouldn't have met my two wives."

Until the end, John continued his passion of golf, the Mariners, everything UW (go Dawgs!) and high school sports. We will always remember him singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" at the 7th inning stretch, followed by a hot dog.

We will cherish the memories of our dad and papa who taught us the meaning of respect, integrity, hard work, and love.

Along with Noreen, John was predeceased by their son, Gregory, who died as an infant. John is survived by his wife, Maxine Paige, sister, Mary Olson, Edmonds, and children, Jeff Garner (Mary), Everett, Kyle Garner, Kirkland, Jane Garner Roe (Robert), Florence, MT, and Jana Garner Koeberle, Kirkland. John is also survived by seven grandchildren, Jayson and Landon Garner, Andrea, Chelsey and Matt Roe, Olivia and Colin Koeberle and six great-grandchildren.

Donations in John's memory may be sent to the Noreen H. Garner Nursing Scholarship Fund at Everett Community College Foundation, 2000 Tower Street, Everett, WA 98201 or made online at everettcc.edu/foundation or to the Cure Alzheimer's Fund at 34 Washington Street, Suite 310, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481 or made online at curealz.org/giving/donate/.

January 1, 1931 - February 21, 2021



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Published in The Herald (Everett) from Feb. 25 to Feb. 26, 2021.
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March 2, 2021
John Garner was my US History Teacher in my junior year at Meadowdale High School (1964-1965). He was my favorite teacher. In my Senior year I was one of his Teacher Aids. He was always fun to talk to. About 1978-1979 I saw him in Marysville when I was working for Pepsi. I said Hi Mr. Garner and looked at me and said Stan the Man. I was surprised he remembered me after 13 years. We had a good, quick conversation and I had a smile on my face the rest of the year. When I saw his name in the Herald I always read the article. I was saddened when I saw his wife died. He really was a Gentleman and a great human being.
Stan Stebing
Student
March 1, 2021
Mr. Garner was my high school principal at Pilchuck High School in Marysville. He was truly the kindest, respectful man I knew...the Herald did a article on him as being a true gentleman and that he was. I feel very fortunate to have known him..he truly was a class act and I will forever remember him as one of the greatest men I have known. My heartfelt condolences to the family, he will be missed..but never forgotten.
Sally Weber-Roughton
Student
February 28, 2021
John was a remarkable man and public servant. It was my honor and privilege to call him my mentor and friend. I will miss him and keep all of you in my heart.
Connie Mennie
Coworker
February 27, 2021
To Jeff and your family, I'm so sorry for the loss of your dad. I'm sure, like thousands in my generation, I remember John as my high school principal. I was called to his office once and he didn't fit the stereotype. He was a regular guy. I felt kind of honored. I always respected him Years later I rented from you, Jeff, at the antique mall. When I found out John was your dad, I was amazed that my life had connected with John Garner again. It's a small world, as they say. Losing someone so close to you isn't easy. I hope you and your family and friends share your memories with each other, for they can be healing, until you see him again.
Teresa Oppie
Friend
February 27, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Nancy Gunderson
Friend
February 26, 2021
To Jeff Garner and the rest of the Garner Family: Please accept my condolences on the passing of your father. I was a student at MHS from 1969 to 1072. I found your father to be a fair, decent, and compassionate principal during the time I was at MHS. He could have had me suspended for an alcohol related incident in my senior year, but instead opted for a less severe form of punishment. This allowed me to graduate on time with the rest of the class of 1972. I never forgot that and remain grateful for the mercy he showed me to this day.
Vice Turner , MHS Class of 1972
February 26, 2021
One of the finest men I have had the honor of working with. My heart goes out to all the family members.
Norm Colon
Coworker
February 26, 2021
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. Monty and I loved your parents...Jana, you were on of the cutest kindest kiddos that I ever taught...I gave to the ECC fund...I gave them my phone number...please call me...BTW, Jane, I was raised in West Glacier, MT from the time that I was 6 months old...at the pretty entrance to Glacier National Park...call me and I'll tell you all about living right there on the banks of the Middle Fork of the Flathead River...you can all Google these 4 words: glacier national park webcams...my home is the middle home on the magnificent river cam. Love, Sympathy and Many Prayers. Love, Laurel Lundgren Parratt...Marysville, WA...written today which is 2-26-21...love you all!!...sending all the love that my heart can hold. xoxoxo
Laurel Parratt
Friend
February 25, 2021
Mr. Garner was the vice principal at Meadowdale High when I was there. I remember him as a kind and caring man. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.
Patrick Price
Student
February 25, 2021
There are over 50 thoughts on Mr Gardner on FB. If interested please look under you know you're from Marysville.. He was an amazing person
Val Roth (Andersen)
February 25, 2021
My heartfelt condolences , Mr. Garner was always willing to listen to me when I needed some friendly advice in school. Truly a great man
Jay hood
Student
February 25, 2021
Deepest sympathy to the family.
Darrell DeGross
Coworker
February 25, 2021
Some of my best summer vacation memories includes our visits with the Garners. Didn’t we have fun? Sending you my deepest condolences for the loss of your Dad and my Uncle John.
Linda (Dave) Sorensen
Linda Sorensen
Family
February 25, 2021
I worked in the office during my senior year (MPHS 1976). I got to know Mr. Garner better than most well behaved students. He was a good man.
Kim Taber Kane
Student
February 25, 2021
John was a boss and mentor early in my career. What they teach about modern leadership today, John was practicing 40 years ago. Fair-minded, caring, and kind, John held his staff accountable, taking a soft on the person, tough on the problem approach. He was an inspiration to me, and to many others who have pursued public sector careers. Always the teacher, John had a story to fit almost every situation. He had one about a time ECC was out at the Monroe Penitentiary playing a baseball game, John (lefty) had pulled one over the right-field fence for a homerun, as he rounded first base, the first baseman said to him; “let me know if yer doin’ that again – I’ll ride it out of here”. That was a story about the importance of keeping a positive outlook in any situation, which John taught us all by his example.
Dave Zabell
Friend
February 25, 2021
I had the privilegie of working with John during my high school years, he was always so accesible and accomodating. May the Lord comfort you all with a life time of memories.
Dan Johnson, PHS Class of '75
Student
February 25, 2021
Jeff, Kyle, Jane, Jana and families. We are so very sorry to hear about the passing of your beloved dad. I first met your dad the beginning of the 70-71 school year. He made a point of mentioning often that I was the youngest person on staff at MHS, (only 20). He always called me "Blondie". When he learned that I had taken shorthand in high school (class of 68) he made sure that I took dictation from him from time to time. When the levy failed in 1973, I reluctantly had to move on, back to my banking career, in May. With my tearful goodbye, your dad said to me. "When you get married, I will be at your wedding." And I said..."even ten years from now, and he said, "Yes, even ten years from now." Well, he didn't have to wait that long. Steve and I were married that August 1973, and he, along with your mom, and you, Jeff, all came to the wedding. I was so thrilled to see you all there. Steve was a police officer during the time your dad was the City Administrator. We had the opportunity to see your dad and your mom from time to time. Your mom commissioned my dad to carve a baseball player figure of your dad as a University of Washington Husky. I could go on and on with special memories. Even though we didn't see your dad in his later years, both your dad and mom have always held a special place in our hearts. We send our deepest condolences to you and his wife, Maxine. We know that you will treasure the beautiful memories of your dad that you hold dear in your hearts. God Bless you all.
Nancy (Anderson) and Steve Winters
Nancy Anderson Winters
Friend
February 25, 2021
There are many memories of John as an athlete, educator, public office holder, and community volunteer. We played golf together at several Snohomish County courses (sometimes with his former Navy buddies) where he displayed his athletic talent. His tenure as an educator and coach in the Edmonds School District is remembered by many students and faculty. When we served together on the Snohomish County Council, John was considered to be a guiding leader and hard working council member on behalf of all citizens. John and I would attend as guests at Rotary Clubs as our make up attendance for our respective home Rotary Clubs. He lived up to the Rotary Motto "Service Above Self" in all aspects of his life. John will be missed, but his spirit will be with us always.
Gary Nelson
Friend
February 25, 2021
Mr. Garner one of my favorite people. From coach at Meadowdale ( CHIEFS )to my commanding officer at the naval reserve unit in Everett after I got back from Vietnam. Always had a smile and a hi Stevie....once in the middle of an inspection of the reserve unit... Ran into him on and off over the years...reunions, home coming get together of the class of 65... So sorry to get this news, but 90 is a good full life and he left me with happy memories... Chiefs..65
Steve Laffoon
Student
February 25, 2021
Coach Garner was a man that all who knew him respected. He was fair with everyone, if you made a mistake around him, you knew you had to admit it, there was no passing it off. He only wanted your best and if you didn't give it, you knew that he knew! He will be missed, I wish I had been able to play golf with him. I am guessing he played wrong-handed (lefty)!
Patrick Echelbarger
Student
February 25, 2021
Always a smile and a good visit. Uncle John will be missed by us all.
John & Brenda Holt
Family
February 25, 2021
He was my other Dad! I miss him! But how lucky I was to get so much of his time and attention over the years. He really was the best!
My condolences to Jeff, Kyle, Jane and Jana. May your memories comfort you!
Marie English
Friend
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