Terence M Garrison

November 24, 1948 ~ May 5, 2018 (age 69)

Terence M. “Terry” Garrison, age 69, of Saint Paris, OH passed away unexpectedly from a heart attack on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 1:41 a.m. in Mercy Memorial Hospital, Urbana.  Born on November 24, 1948 in Williamsport, OH Terry was the son of the late Charles Merton “Mert” and Marlene K. (Ebenhack) Garrison.  He married Patricia “Trish” Wright on August 22, 1970 and she survives.  Together they raised three children: Emily Garrison of Phoenix, AZ, Nathan (Tina) Garrison of Marysville, OH, and Seth Garrison of Phoenix, AZ.  He was a loving grandfather to Faith and Jake Garrison. He is also survived by a sister, Becky (George) Suvar of Haviland, Ohio and three nephews, Ben (Jaime), Paul (Nichole), and Sam (Kat).  In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a sister, Beth.  Terry was a 1967 graduate of Adena High School, Frankfort, OH.  He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at Vandenberg AFB, California for four years.  He returned to Ohio and pursued a degree in Agriculture from The Ohio State University using the GI Bill. He completed a one-year internship in environmental management at a federal training center in Battle Creek, Michigan and was hired at Wright Patterson AFB. During his 30-year career with the Air Force Research Laboratories he was a member of the first class to earn a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management from the University of Findlay. The high point of his career was leading a team that won the Ohio Governor’s Award for Pollution Prevention by being the first to create a bar code system to inventory and manage hazardous materials used in research. His office coffee mug said, “If it blows or glows call us.”   Terry loved cutting wood, gardening, hunting mushrooms or anything he could do outside. His hobby was making wine from grapes grown from all over the world. He was an avid card player with a particular passion for poker.  A celebration of his life will begin at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at the Evans-Purk Building, 103 S. Church Street Saint Paris, Ohio 43072.  A time to reflect on his life will begin at 1:30 p.m.  Memorial donations in his memory may be made to the JSP Fire and EMS District, P.O. Box 648, Saint Paris, Ohio 43072.  Condolences to the family may be sent to


Donations may be made to:

JSP & EMS District
P.O. Box 648, St. Paris OH 43072

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