David Michael Garrison passed away peacefully on July 16, 2023 surrounded by his wife, son, daughter, and daughter-in-law.
David was born in Wichita, Kansas on June 10, 1943. He was the ninth of 10 children to parents Homer O. and Dorothy L. Garrison. He met his high school sweetheart Kathy at North High School and graduated in 1961. They married in 1963 and celebrated their 60th anniversary on June 1, 2023.
Dave and Kathy have three children and taught them the love for the outdoors through camping and 4-wheeling trips to Colorado. He was a Boy Scout leader. Dad taught us how to grill, fix things around the house, and have fun and laugh. He worked briefly as a machinist for Beech Aircraft and spent most of his career with Gerber Baby Products. In 1991, Dave and Kathy fulfilled their lifelong dream of moving to Colorado. After retirement, Dave started his own handyman business and was always willing to help family and neighbors with various projects. He enjoyed adventures with Kathy including rides in his 1966 Mustang convertible and trips to the mountains. They renewed their vows on their 50th anniversary with family and friends and celebrated with a trip to Italy.
Dave was a diehard Colorado Avalanche fan who had season tickets with his daughter Kristin for 16 years. They attended most games and would banter back and forth via text when watching away games. He got to experience some major highlights including seeing the Avs win the 2001 Stanley Cup in person, attending outdoor games at Coors Field and the Air Force Academy, and memorable games with the Dead Wings.
Dave was compassionate and caring, always joking around and having fun, had a twinkle of mischief in his eye, and was up for adventure. He was a proud North High Redskin alumni who remained close with a core group of friends he went to school with. He attended most reunions and hosted mini-reunions in Colorado. He always took time to show compassion to anyone who needed a friend even in the midst of his own health struggles. Anyone that crossed his path instantly loved him and immediately witnessed his sense of humor.
We will miss his comical singing and dancing, the funny sounds he loved to make, his unique vocabulary and Daveisms, his personalized version of happy birthday, his genuine love for us, and so much more.
Dave is survived by the love his life Kathy, children Kevin and Kristin (Annette), and his daughter-in-law Annette who he loved like a daughter. He is also survived by his brother Homer Jr and two sisters. A celebration of life will be planned for a later date.