Lawrence Haws Garfield
26 Dec 2016
Viewing: Friday, December 30, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 12 Noon at the Perry LDS 8th Ward, 685 West 2250 South
Funeral services: Friday, December 30, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. at the Perry LDS 8th Ward, 685 West 2250 South
Interment: Brigham City Cemetery
"Dr." (if you really wanted to impress him) Lawrence Haws Garfield -- of Brigham City, then Forest Grove, WA, then Arvada, CO, then St. George, then Grand Junction, CO, and finally, like the salmon coming home to spawn and die (or at least the latter) then Perry, Utah -- finally wore out early Monday morning, 26 Dec 2016. He was 85, or about 137 if you examined his heart. A double dose of bypass surgeries will do that. As will a good dose of kind generosity. Beloved dad, husband, brother, and friend to all, unless you cut him off. And even sometimes if you did. His parents were Henry and Mattie Garfield. His girlfriend was Leanne Marble for about two dates and thirteen days, until they married on 1 Sept 1951. His kids were (well, still are, actually) Kameron Lane, Keri Elizabeth, and James Adam. He also took on the role of substitute father to Marilyn Lopez through the LDS church's Indian Placement Program. He spent time in the Air Force as an MP before going to Optometry school at Pacific University (home of the fighting Eye-Charts). He and Leanne made their way to Arvada, where he eventually bootstrapped and grew his own successful Optometry practice. In many ways he's the epitome of the self-made man. He went from nearly complete disinterest in anything religious to serving in a Sunday School presidency ('Who's gonna ring the bell?' was the discussion over coffee and cigarettes) to a youth leader who taught 16-yr-old young men the importance of watching 'The Godfather' to eventually serving as a bishop and then a counselor in a stake presidency with his good friend Tru Rockwood. With all of this, fair to say his favorite form of service was as a home teacher. He was really good at it, and a seared-in memory of his son is that his families loved him, and knew he loved them. A heart attack at age 39 and subsequent bypass surgery helped him reevaluate his life's arc. A second bout with heart trouble about ten years later and another round of bypass led him to seriously question how long he'd be around, and helped lead to an early exit from his practice and time in St George. His impatience there pushed he and Leanne to Grand Junction, where he went back to Optometry for a time. While there they served as missionaries in the nearby town of Colbran. Leanne had been in the slow-crawl throes of Alzheimer's during this period, and Larry cared for her needs selflessly, passionately, and nearly exclusively until her death in Feb. 2006. He was back in Perry by then and met up with Anne Jensen. They eloped (uh, thanks for the invite) in May 2007, had a few hiccups like most marriages do, and cared very much for each other until his death. He rejoins his first wife, his parents, his sister Lois, his good bud and bro-in-law Paul, and countless others whom he often talked about in recent years. He's gone on ahead of his sister Elaine, his brother Gene, his wonderfully patient second wife, his two okay daughters and freaking awesome son, their twelve kids, and 12 great-grandkids. Plus 3 step-daughters and 15 grandkids on Anne's side. Oh, and the odd Village Inn server scratching her head over the $20 tip on a $6 meal but nonetheless appreciative of his kind generosity, and amused by his calling her 'darling'. Most of us will miss his regimented vacuum lines, his completely inappropriate use of 'cotton picker', his fun fodder with the grandkids, his meticulous nail care, his array of hats and glasses, his kindness, his efforts to forgive. And we'll be grateful that he figured out Jesus Christ and the atonement and the role it could play in his life. Like we all do, he at times fell short of it, but he knew who he was as a child of God. You can take that to the grave. He did. Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 30, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. at the Perry LDS 8th Ward, 685 West 2250 South. A viewing will be held on Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 12 Noon at the church. Interment will be in the Brigham City Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by the Combined Veterans of Box Elder County. Email condolences to www.gilliesfuneralchapel.com. Entrusted to Gillies Funeral Chapel, Brigham City, UT 435-723-5236.
Rest In Peace, my sweet friend.
As a new to Colorado young couple in 1970, we were very fortunate to have Larry Garfield as our home teacher. We did indeed grow to love he and Lee Ann. We have many tender memories of experiences shared with the Garfields. Much love to his family at this time.
Ron & Laraine Kent
I am so sorry for your loss. Please know how much I love you.