Darrell Dwight Garrett was born on November 6, 1954 in San Diego, California to Vinna and Thomas James Garrett, Sr.
Darrell attended Balboa Elementary, Gompers Jr. High, and Lincoln High and Patrick Henry High. He attended the University of Oregon, University of Arizona, San Diego City College, and San Diego State University. Darrell was an outstanding athlete in basketball and football during all his academic years.
Over his employment career, Darrell's work included a variety of positions in the airline and hotel industries. He retired as a real estate appraiser in Red Oak, Texas before returning to California in November of 2019.
At various times, during Darrell’s life, he was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Pilgrimage Baptist Church, and New Creation Church of San Diego. His various interests included family (especially helping to raise his grandson Thomas), sporting activities such as tennis and golf. He liked sport cars and enjoyed visiting different places. He was a very loving, caring, and thoughtful person.
On Friday, February 28, 2020 God called Darrell to his heavenly reward. He died suddenly and unexpectedly while working in the yard of his Montebello, California home. Although Darrell had lived in Montebello for just a few months, he made lots of friends. The neighbors have been of great support to his wife Lillie. They even set up a memorial outside their home. He made a lasting impression on all he met and will be sorely missed.
Darrell was preceded in death by his parents Vinna and Thomas Garrett, Sr.; wife Doris Garrett; sister Evelyn Brown; and brothers Edward Lee Johnson, Thomas J. Garrett, Jr., Clifford Garrett, and Freddie Garrett.
Celebrating Darrell's homegoing is his beloved wife Lillie Garrett; daughters DeAhna Garrett and Geena Garrett; grandson Thomas James Garrett; sister Gloria Johnson (Wyatt) of Corona; brothers: Amos Johnson, Jr. (Vercie) of Carlsbad, Oliver McKinney of Long Beach, and Sterling Garrett (Debra) of San Diego; and a host of other relatives, and friends.
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