The Herald Bulletin

December 6, 2012

Dr. Thomas G. Garrison

April 4, 1930 - Dec. 5, 2012


BROWNSBURG, Ind. — Dr. Thomas G. Garrison was born April 4, 1930 in Posey County, Ind., and passed away Dec. 5, 2012, surrounded by his loving family.

Tom was an amazing husband, father, grandfather, teacher, and mentor. He was a long-time educator and community leader who was instrumental in the development of vocational and alternative school programs throughout central Indiana.  

He graduated with bachelor of science and master of science degrees in agriculture from Purdue University, a master of science in counseling from Ball State University, and an Ed D from Indiana University Bloomington.

Among his many accomplishments, Tom received the FFA Honorary Farmer award in 1994, and Sagamore of the Wabash award in 1995. He has served as a Navy medic during the Korean War, and as commander and chaplain of the Brownsburg American Legion Post 331. He served on the school boards of St. Malachy School and Cardinal Ritter High School, was president of the College Avenue Condo Association, and had served on the Brownsburg Park Board and as a Brownsburg Police Commissioner. He is a member of the Indiana Retired Teachers Association and has been a member of St. Malachy Catholic Church since 1966.

He is survived by his adoring wife of 61 years, Mary K. (Catherine); sons, Mike (Shari), and Greg (Niki); daughters, Becky Garrison, Marty (Ray) Dunn, Mary Beth (Sean) Mullen, Cathy (Doug) Brinkerhoff, Joanie (Brian) Stader; and grandchildren, Tiffany (Brian) Giles, Michael (Amy) Garrison, Patrick (Faye) Rodriguez, Erin Rodriguez, Kyle (Jeff) Tutterow, Luke Garrison, Curtis Trujillo, Connor Stader, Brock Stader, Garrison Brinkerhoff, Kristen Brinkerhoff; and great-grandchildren, Taylor Traut, Jake Giles, Hank Giles, Tatum Tutterow, Tenley Tutterow, Ella Garrison, Finnegan Rodriguez and Naqiya Rodriguez; and stepgreat-grandchildren, Rhiannon Dunn and Freddie Barker.

He was preceded in death by parents, Casey and Ella Garrison; brothers, Bob Garrison and Ted Garrison; sister, Gladys Davis; granddaughters, Vida Dannielle Garrison and Brittany Channel Dalton; and son-in-law, Steven Brian Naanes.

Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Matthews Mortuary and one hour prior to the funeral on Monday at St. Malachy Catholic Church. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Monday at St. Malachy at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Malachy Building Fund “Fulfilling the Promise,” 9833 E. County Road 750N, Brownsburg, IN 46112.

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