Garret Norman Bangerter – St George News
August 22nd, 1955 – Sep. 16, 2021
On Thursday, September 16, 2021, our beloved Garret Norman Bangerter was hugged by his Savior after a life of valiant service to others. He was received into the waiting arms of many loved ones, including his parents, Norman Howard Bangerter and Joy Colleen Monson Bangerter; and his son, Brandon Garret Bangerter, who preceded him in death after being in a car accident on their way home from a fishing trip with father and son.
Garret was born on August 22, 1955 in Salt Lake City, Utah, and grew up in Granger with his six siblings: Ann (Rick Gayheart), Jordan (Susan), Blair (LaNae), Alayne (Steve Isom), Adam (Nicole ) and Erdman Jake (Patti). He was the oldest in his family and best big brother, always fun and a soft place to fall down after a hard day.
He protected his younger siblings, was genuinely interested in their activities, and set a great example for them to follow. Its defining qualities were selflessness, righteousness, and compassion. If you knew him, you loved him and knew he loved you too.
After graduating from Granger High School in 1973, Garret served a Spanish-speaking mission in Uruguay, Paraguay. He then continued his education and earned degrees from both Ricks College and Brigham Young University. During his visit to Ricks College he was a member of the “Freedom Singers”.
In July 1978, Garret married his high school mistress, Karen Frederickson. They were married for 38 years and raised three beautiful children together: Laura (Ryan Poulsen), Brandon (Cari) and Shari (Matt Shumway). He loved spending time with his family, especially the great outdoors. He was an avid gardener, fisherman, hunter and rider. He loved to sing and play the guitar. His favorite boating destinations were Lake Powell and Flaming Gorge.
He was an attentive father, brother, husband, grandfather, uncle and friend. It was very important to him to spend one on one time with his grandchildren and create lasting memories. People always came first and he dropped everything he did to chat or help. Garret loved playing games with his family and was always ready for a friendly game “Rook” or the hilarious family favorite “Grunt Piggy Grunt”. Most of all, he was proud of his children and grandchildren and the people who have become them.
After his first marriage ended, he met Sherra Hebdon and fell head over heels in love with her. They were married and sealed in St. George’s Temple on September 29, 2018. Since that day, the two love birds have dared many adventures together: traveling, boating, fishing, quad biking, skiing, hiking, cycling, parasailing and a successful construction company. Garret hugged Sherra’s children as his own, and they loved him: Britney (Aaron Johnson), Natalie (Daniel Session), Bradley Schupple, Austin Schupple (Madison), Jacqueline (Greg Hall).
- Garret’s services are diverse and include:
2019: Builder of the Year (Utah Home Builders Association)
2018: President of the Utah Home Builders Association and a national member for 40 years.
2015: Award for his life’s work (SUHBA)
2014: Seven-year appointment as a board member of the “Olene Walker Housing Loan Fund”
(Providing housing for low-income families)
2007: Chairman of the Parade of Homes
2005: President of the Southern Utah Home Builders Association (SUHBA)
With the overwhelming support of the industry that Garret loved, this coming February will be his 27th year in the St. George Parade of Homes. The house will be named “Joy” in memory of his mother “Joy Colleen” and in honor of Garret and Brandon and the joy they have brought us all.
Garret’s greatest pride and joy was his family. He is survived by his loving wife Sherra; Daughters; Brothers and sisters; Stepmother Judy Bangerter; and 24 beloved grandchildren: Grant, Gretta, Hazel, Lydia, Raeghan, Will, Justin, Kaylee, Kimber, Tristan, Daxton, Tilton, Kala, Kiera, Logan, Luke, Ashton, Cameron, Zachary, Emmett, Sawyer, Reverie, Emerance and Calvin.
Garret was a devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We will all remember him for his unconditional Christ-like love, radiant face, lovable, subtle humor and the way he made you feel.
A visitation for Garret and his son Brandon will be held on Thursday, September 23, 2021 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Southgate 1st Ward Chapel, 1068 West Chandler Drive, St. George, Utah.
A combo father and son funeral for Garret and Brandon will be held on Friday, September 24, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at the Bloomington Stake Center, 200 West Brigham Road, St. George, Utah.
For families and friends who are unable to attend, live streaming of the services will be available via the following link: https://zoom.us/j/91099492906.
Orders entrusted to the care of Metcalf Mortuary, 435-673-4221. Visit Metcalf Mortuary’s website at www.metcalfmortuary.com for condolences, full obituaries, and burial lists.
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