Darell Lee Garretson

Phoenix, Arizona


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Darell Lee Garretson, born March 18, 1932, passed away in Chandler, Ari- zona on April 21, 2008. Darell, a native of Illinois, attended Illinois State University and served in the U.S. Navy for 6 years from 1954-1960. Darell married Jeannie Lewis on April 24, 1954 and stayed together for...

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Thanks for the memories.
I had the enormous privilege to see him in several NBA games. His kindness, humor and the honorable treatment to the players were simply amazing.
Garretson lives forever. Thank you.

Jeannie, Rick and Ron, These are names from the past of fond memories.We are saddened for your loss however, remember the good old days of Pop Warner Football with the boys. So many years have passed, your family has grown like ours. David, Tracy and I, Valerie Simpson , send our love along with Joel DeCoite. Jeannie, please be in touch. Give the boys our love and also to their families. Darrell will always be in our Memories of the Good Old days. Desserts after a game at the Forum, football...

Ron: Sorry to hear about the loss of your father. In the spring of 1977, he was the major focus of a three-part piece I wrote on NBA officials for the San Francisco Examiner. I visited with him at the house in Orange County, and he was exceptionally gracious and helpful. The series included a great story on how he had to T Bob Lanier for hanging on the rim - - which then came with a $100 fine - - but wrote a note to the league asking that Bob not be penalized, since the big guy was...

Mrs Garretson, Rick and Ron,
I have so many fond memories with your family as a young girl. Both Mr and Mrs G treated me like a daughter.
My heart goes out to you at this time and in the days ahead.

Jeanne, Rick & Ron -
What can one say about such a tremendous man? His smile, humor, generosity and kindness will be missed. I feel privileged to have know the Garretson family and my prayers are with all of you.

Much Love,

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I was Darell's FedEx courier for years, and still remember his kind comments and smiling face. I think of him whenever I watch an NBA game, and of his wonderful contributions to officiating. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Jeanne, Rick, Ron and Families. My condolences to all of you. Darell was an exceptional person and inspired so many young men. My prayers are for all of you to find the strength you need in the coming days.

Darell may you rest in peace. From an old from General Telephone.
Bob Berry

Mrs. "G", Rick and Ron,

It was my priviledge to have a charmed childhood surrounded by your special family. I will always remember Mr. "G"'s exuberant personality, presense as he entered a room, love for classic cars and his undying unconditional love for his sons.

In heart felt sympathy,