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Garrett Dean Sartori

August 6, 1985 ~ October 8, 2020 (age 35)

Obituary

Survived by his parents, Dean and Linda Sartori, children Maylin, age 7, and Caiden, age 6, his sister Kendra and her husband Andy MacFarlane, niece Ivy and many relatives, friends, and coworkers.

Garrett was born in Denver and is a 5th generation Coloradoan. He graduated from Arapahoe High School and Fort Lewis College in Durango, earning an engineering management degree and then went on to earn his master’s degree at University of Colorado.

Garrett began his career working for Saddle Butte Pipeline in Durango, but recently relocated to Loveland where he accepted a position as Area Manager for the Longmont Colorado Fabrication Shop for Wood Inc.  

Garrett was very creative and adventurous and had interests including music, Baseball, snowboarding, bull riding, biking and flying his own airplane. He had played mandolin and dobro in a bluegrass band when he lived in Durango.He served as a volunteer firefighter in the Durango area. 

His smile would light up the room and his jokes made us laugh. As a big brother, he protected and encouraged his sister, Kendra, and delighted in her joys. He adored his children Maylin, 7, and Caiden, 6, and loved participating in a variety of activities with them while maintaining an amiable relationship with their mother Brittany. He had a special place in his heart for his niece Ivy. As a son he showed his love for his mother through his actions and his words. Garrett was close to his dad and relied on him for adventure and advice.

All who knew him will miss his friendship, enthusiasm, and his willingness to help others. 

 

           Why? 

We come into this time with a range of emotions as deep and complex as the man we are remembering. 

Here there is love – and the searing pain of separation.

Here there is anger – and the futile search to understand why Garrett could not weather the despair that locked him alone into himself.

Here there are questions – why, mostly. Why?

Some of you come feeling bruised by this death and asking what you could have done to prevent it.

Garrett’s choice to die touches the despair that courts many of us in our own moments of loneliness and threatens the structures of meaning that affirm our own lives. Let us remember that no single act of desperation can define a life. No matter how stalked by pain, Garrett’s life also had its moments of delight and happiness, caring and friendship, sharing and love. Death by choice is not a denial of life; it is the cry of despair for more life. It grows from a deep personal alienation or profound suffering and is carried out alone, after a struggle within the self.

When a death such as this cuts across life in its fullness, we are left with a certain incompleteness. We know that Garrett leaves much unfinished, unfulfilled, unsaid. There are still other things you wanted to share with him, and he with you: Another flight in his airplane, fishing with his children, visiting with friends, gatherings with his family. This sadness for the loss of this life, full and blossoming, mingles with the sadness for the loss of possibilities not realized.

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