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Information for John Colby Garrett

8 October, 1910 - 4 July, 1995

From the Idaho Press-Tribune

July, 1995
Contributed by Eellitta Stone

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John Colby Garrett

    Funeral services for John Colby Garrett, 84, of Boring, Ore., formerly of Middleton, who died July 4, 1995, at Gresham, Oregon, will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 11, 1995, at the Flahiff Funeral Chapel, Caldwell. Burial will follow at the Middleton Cemetery, Middleton, Idaho.
    Mr. Garrett was born October 8, 1910, at Clarksville, Arkansas, to Alva Lee and Mary Frances Little Garrett. He moved to Mayfield, Idaho, with his family at the age of six. He attended school at Mayfield, Grandview, Gooding and Hagerman until the 8th grade when he moved to Middleton where he played football on the Middleton’s first football team. From 1931 until 1942 he worked with Sam Little tending sheep. Colby joined the U.S. Navy on January 27, 1942, and served as a Seaman and Gunners Mate on three different ships, the USS Hart, USS McVae and the USS Charles Russell. After seeing the world many times he was honorably discharged on October 6, 1945. Colby ranched on the Owyhee River with his brother, Robert, until 1948, at which time he purchased his Grandpa and Grandma Little’s homestead in Mayfield. He became engaged on Christmas of 1948 to Emma Rose Kimzey and they were married on April 17, 1949, at the Presbyterian Church in Boise. The couple dry-land farmed with sheep and cattle until 1961 when they purchased the Orin Roger’s Ranch in Whitebird, where they lived until 1993. The couple then moved to Boring, Oregon. In November of 1994 Colby went to Fairlawn Nursing Home in Gresham, Oregon, due to ill health.
    Colby was a member of many organizations including the Idaho Cattleman’s Assoc., Idaho Wool Growers and the Middleton Grange.
    He is survived by his wife, Emma at home; a daughter and son-in-law, Frances Helen and Ed Riley; three grandchildren, Colby of Mesa, Arizona, Angel and Jeremy of Boring, Oregon; one great-grandson, David of Mesa, Arizona; and adopted great-granddaughter Jessica McClellan of Oregon City, OR.; three brothers, M.Cody of Caldwell, T.Andy of Bothell, WA., Alva L. Of Middleton; two aunts, Della and Sarah, both of Boise; 7 nieces; two nephews; and many cousins.
    He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers.



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