For many years, Dean was a salesman for Gibbs and Parkway Auto Centers where he was well known as “Dealin’ Dean”. He was also the former owner and operator of Dean Garrett’s Gun Site in Brightwood. Most recently, he was employed by Joyce Iron and Metal in Columbus where he has resided since 1994. Dean lived life to the fullest and had many interests that he pursued. He had a deep love of animals which was inspired by St. Francis of Assisi in his love for all creatures great and small. He was also a sports enthusiast who enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, NASCAR, the Columbus Clippers and, most of all, watching his grandsons play sports. He enjoyed Tuscarawas County’s local history and visited the restored Schoenbrunn Village on many occasions. Above all else, he will be remembered for his good heart and outgoing nature. Dean never knew a stranger and went out of his way to help others, from friends and neighbors to hitchhikers and the homeless. He was a member of St. Matthew’s Catholic Church in Gahanna.
On September 5, 2007, he married Ginger L. Herrell Garrett who survives him. He is also survived by a daughter, Nicole (Bill) Aubiel of Dennison; a son, Paul Christopher Garrett of Columbus; his former wife and mother of his children, Patty Downing Davis; grandchildren, Jaret, Kole and Will Aubiel of Dennison; a brother, Paul (Sandra) Garrett of Bexley; sisters, Diane Garrett of New York and Kelly Donato of Uhrichsville; nieces and nephews, Jacob (Elizabeth) Garrett, Jessica (Andrew) Garrett Mills, Juliann Garrett, Matthew Garrett, Robbie Mann and Mo Mann; aunt, Ruth Davis of Uhrichsville; sister-in-law, Sheila “Sis” (Allen) Mann of Centerburg; brother-in-law, Michael (Nadine) Herrell of Columbus; and many friends and extended family members.
Services for Dean, officiated by Father Jeff Coning, will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 26, in the R.K. Lindsey Funeral Home in Dennison. Interment will be in Franklin Hills Memory Garden in Canal Winchester with a private family service. Family and friends are invited to call at the funeral home from noon to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. Those wishing to honor Dean’s memory by a charitable contribution are encouraged to do so to the Tuscarawas County Humane Society, 6895 Dover-Zoar Rd. N.E., Dover, OH 44622, in lieu of flowers.
R.K. Lindsey Funeral Home, Inc. of Dennison