Monday, April 12, 2010

Obituary for Charles

This obituary will be posted in the Salem Statesman Journal and the Eugene Register Guard newspapers. Don

Charles Aaron Garrett
October 5, 1980 - April 7, 2010

Salem - Charles, 29, of Eugene, passed away, in Portland, after a valiant year's battle with leukemia.
Charles grew up in Salem and attended Englewood Elementary, Parrish Middle School and graduated from North Salem High School in 1999.
He attended Chemeketa Community College, Oregon State and the University of Oregon. He graduated from the U of O with a degree in Sociology. He made the Dean's list.
Following graduation he continued to work for the Duck Store in Eugene. He worked in Information Technology, as a receiving clerk at the warehouse and various other duties.
Charles had a passion for sports. He was involved in softball, football and tennis during his years in school. He was also on the Duck Store softball team "The Bookies." They were undefeated. He enjoyed golfing with family and friends. He followed major league sports, had favorite teams and kept track of stats.
Charles was a pleasant, caring person with an infectious sense of humor and had many wonderful friends. He enjoyed a good time, loved pranks and being with his friends. He was sensitive to others, helpful and a good friend. He will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his parents, Don and DeeDee, brothers Matthew, Jonathan and Daniel; his sweetheart Karlin Johnson; grandmother Ima Gates, Uncle Kent & Aunt Rose Ann Garrett of Turner, Aunt Heidi (Ron) Miner of Salem, Aunt Brenda (Ned) Darling of Anchorage AK, Aunt Pam (Lee) Jesperson of Provo UT and many wonderful cousins.
Funeral services will be April 17th at 1:00pm at the LDS Church: 570 Madison St NE (5th & Madison Sts.), Salem. Viewing will be 11:30-12:50 preceding the funeral service. Viewing at the Dallas Tribute Center will be Friday, April 16th from 12:00-8:00pm. [287 SW Washington St., Dallas OR]
The families wish to thank his doctors, nurses, CNAs and therapists, in Salem and at OHSU, Kohler Pavilion, 14th Floor, who lovingly cared for him.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 9320 SW Barbur Blvd, Suite 140, Portland, OR 97219


  1. I already told Don to add this when it's part of the eulogy but we can't forget- Charles' love for music, his talent at several instruments as well as singing, and his membership in several bands from high school on.

  2. Although I was unable to attend Charles Service, he was in my thoughts all day Saturday. I am very happy that I was able to offer Charles employment with us and that he did such a fine job during rush as one of my lead utility staff. Because he did such an awesome job and got along with everyone I referred him to Accounting where he then worked in the cash office. I remember him always telling me how glad he was I referred him and how much he appreciated it. And I always responded with, "It was all you Charles, because you did such a great job." Whenever I have thought of being here to help people, I would always think of Charles and how far he went at the Duck Store. He will truly be missed by me. But I will NEVER forget him or Karlin.

  3. Robin,

    We're very happy you referred him to us. Accounting loved him.


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