Norman K. GarnettAge 83, passed away February 17, 2017.  He was born November 20, 1933, in Marshall, to Robert and Alma Garnett.  Norm attended Central Michigan University for his undergraduate studies, and graduated from Michigan State University with his Master’s degree.  He was a French and Humanities teacher at Holt High School for 30 years, retiring in 1994.  He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Holt, where he had served as a deacon and elder, and did home visits.  Norm volunteered at McLaren Hospital and loved traveling, history, language, and most importantly, he loved his family.

Surviving are:  his wife of 32 years, Betty; children, Robert Darbor, Daniel Darbor, Vickie (Kim) Cook and Ted (Mitzi) Darbor; 8 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Nancy (Larry) Bartlett.  He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Robert and Thomas Garnett.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at the First Presbyterian Church of Holt, 2021 N. Aurelius Rd., with The Rev. Kirk R. Miller officiating.  His family will receive friends at the church from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, and one hour prior to the memorial service on Wednesday.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to his church, or the Capital Area Humane Society.

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    Kim Gamet Says:

    Mrs. Garnett, Ted and the entire family, Mr. Garnett was my Humanities teacher at Holt High School in 1976-1977. He was such a special person and enthusiastic teacher, he truly made learning fun. We had such fun asking him to say “pass the salt and pepper” in Chinese. He loved making us laugh and the response he got from the entire class when he did that! I saw him over the years and he never forgot who I was even when I tried to remind him because I knew how many hundreds of students he’d had over the years and didn’t think he could possibly remember them all, but he did. He had a knack of making each and every one of us feel special. I was lucky enough to see him at Kroger over the holidays and though I didn’t usually give him a hug, I did that day. Never knew it would be the last time I’d see him on this earth. Rest in peace, Mr. Garnett. Until we meet again. The best job done, good and faithful servant.

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    John and Rita Craig Says:

    Dear Betty, We had such wonderful times of caroling at the senior centers with Norm. He always had such a bright spirit and a beautiful voice. We are sorry for your loss. Love and prayers, John and Rita Craig and family

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    Carolyn Fleck Says:

    So very sorry for your loss, Betty. Norm was such a dear man and loved by all. May it help to know that many of his former co-workers are thinking of you and your family at this difficult time.

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    Pete Scavarda Says:

    My deepest sympathies to Mrs. Garnett and family. I enjoyed our many conversations and thought the world of him.

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    Lisa Rosendale Says:

    I wanted to say how sorry I am for your loss, and what a privilege it was to know Monsieur Garnett as a French teacher. He was such a character. I’ll never forget him breaking up our lessons by drawing a keyhole on the chalkboard and pretending to peek through. Or busting out into song “You’re knock kneed, you’re pigeon toed, you’re box ankled too. There’s a curse on your family and it fell on you. You some ugly chiiiild!” (My kids know that song today. :) He was an excellent teacher, and a joy. May God comfort you in your sorrow, and make real the hope of salvation.

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