|Birth: ||Apr. 29, 1985|
|Death: ||Nov. 18, 2009|
Garrett Grandville Alcorn
Garrett Grandville Alcorn was tragically taken from us on Wednesday, November 18, 2009, in a terrible car accident. Born in Arcata, California on April 29, 1985, Garrett lived in Blue Lake until the age of four, when his family built their dream home and moved to Westhaven. Garrett felt blessed and awed by the fact that he had the privilege of living in what he referred to as "Paradise." Not a day went by that he didn't remark on how thankful he was to live in the most beautiful place in the world. He so beautifully expressed this appreciation on the morning of his passing, writing, "Wow, what a beautiful sunrise it has been through the Redwoods - so many contrasting colors!"
As a boy Garret was joy-filled; he was adorable (forever charming), and with his gorgeous red hair, brilliant blue eyes, and ready smile, getting the hugs and snuggles he so loved was effortless. Garrett was respectful, caring, supportive and extremely kind-hearted. Always a generous and loving spirit, Garrett intensely and deeply loved his family; and when he was six years old agreed to share his family and home with three children his parents adopted. As an adult he let it be well known that this was the best thing that ever happened to him. And while Garrett cherished his "large, loving," and "beautiful family," he had a uniquely strong bond with his parents, Ken and Carol. As an adult, when his two brothers joined the Army and were both eventually deployed to Iraq, Garrett felt an intense sense of pride, even though he didn't necessarily agree with the politics of it. But that's how Garrett lived his life: on life's terms, accepting people and situations as they were, and knowing in his soul that things were just as they were meant to be. He was extraordinarily loyal, optimistic, and faith-filled.
Garrett attended Trinidad Elementary School for nine years, moving on to McKinleyville High School, where he graduated in 2003. After graduation Garrett started college at College of the Redwoods, then in 2006 moved to Redding to go to school and play soccer for Shasta Junior College. Throughout his education, Garrett loved and excelled at sports. An exceptional athlete, Garrett started young, playing t-ball before starting school, and eventually becoming an "All-Star" catcher for the Babe Ruth league. Garrett was a particularly gifted soccer player, and truly loved it above all other sports. In his senior year he was awarded all-county soccer goalie, and at Shasta College earned the position of starting forward. Garrett recently became a referee for both the adult and high school leagues; and was in training to become a ref for futsol. Garrett had an ongoing and lighthearted debate with his cousin, brother, and nephew (all football players), that soccer was "the true football," and that not only was a football not a true ball, because balls are round, but that soccer was a far tougher sport as the players didn't need the pads that football players did. Garrett also had extremely fond memories and was proud of being part of the "T-Town" soccer group, which is where he acquired his nickname "Yeti," a name he went by even into adulthood.
Garrett was a truly intelligent and intellectual person, and though he had a gifted mind for science and mathematics, he greatly loved reading. Remarkably, Garrett could read before he even knew the sounds of letters, and he developed an extensive and diverse taste in literature. Garrett would devour all types of books, be it those that increased his knowledge on a particular subject he was interested in, ones that could challenge his way of thinking, or something just for fun. Seeking a higher spiritual understanding, Garrett specifically enjoyed reading about philosophy and read and respected a vast variety of philosophers, very recently finding much inspiration from "A New Earth," by Echart Tolle. Garrett's interests in reading ranged from the classics, like Hemmingway and Faulkner, to the lyrics of songs written by his favorite musicians, including Maynard and Aesop Rock; he even read Carl Sagan for fun.
While Garrett enjoyed and appreciated life regardless of what he was doing, (usually something active and daring): surfing, snowboarding, skateboarding, mountain boarding, and motorcycling, he wrote that he couldn't live without music. Garrett was a truly gifted musician; playing piano, drums and guitar (he also had a wonderful singing voice). He was a member of several bands beginning in high school, and would also get together with friends just to "jam." Garrett was self-taught at guitar and had such a yearning at age seven to play his grandparents' piano, that he begged his parents for lessons. He took lessons for many years and began playing drums in fifth grade at Trinidad school. Garrett was such a gifted guitarist, that he was once mistaken for the radio. Garrett also composed some of his own music and was "constantly on the prowl for new techniques."
At Shasta College, Garrett soon realized that the only thing he was truly enjoying about going to school was soccer, so he took a hiatus from formal education and embarked on an education of life - a path that eventually got him into trouble. Being the resilient and tenacious person he was, he readily faced his trouble head-on, learned from what he'd been through, and completely turned his life around. He regained his focus and moved back to Humboldt County, back to the family and redwoods he so loved. He went back to school at CR where he excelled academically, and thoroughly enjoyed his classes. He began reffing soccer, tutoring a neighbor's grandchildren, and working in construction. He most recently had begun cooking at Six Rivers Brewery in McKinleyville, where he discovered for the first time that a person could truly enjoy his job. Most importantly, for the past five months following his father's death in June, he was a consistent and daily source of strength and companionship for his mother.
Losing Garrett when he was so young makes this tragedy extraordinarily hard to fathom. We were just getting to know him as an adult, and are not only grieving the loss of the Garrett we all knew and loved his entire life, but the unrealized potential of the man he was becoming. If we who have experienced this monumental, incomprehensible loss can find any solace during this heartbreaking time, it would be in the way Garrett lived his life and in his view that death was the natural order of things. He believed that death was a progression to another realm, and that those who passed were still here with us. Certainly Garrett will live on in our hearts and in our memories, and we will look with gratitude to have had the privilege of knowing such a unique and special individual.
Garrett is survived by his loving mother, Carol Alcorn; sisters: Carole Meng and her husband Mike, Cathy Tobin and her husband Mike, Connie Echols and her husband Shawn, Keysha Maples, and Beverly Alcorn; brothers: Patrick DePriest and his wife Jessica, and Joe Alcorn and his wife Robin; nieces: Katelynn Meng, Rebecca and Emily Echols, Faith and Aniyah Alcorn, Auna, Rebecca, and Raychel DePriest; nephews Cameron Meng; Nathan and Zachery Echols; Briar Maples; Hunter, Jakob, and Kalob DePriest; and Lucas Alcorn; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He is also survived by the love of his life: his dog Lucy. Garrett was preceded in death by his beloved father, Ken Alcorn; grandparents Alice and Granville Alcorn, and Viola and Ray Lick; and uncles Clyde and Virgil Alcorn.
Anyone who wishes is invited to visitation on Friday, November 27, from 11am - 4pm, and Saturday, November 28, from 10am - 1pm, at Paul's Chapel, 1070 H Street, in Arcata.
In celebration of Garrett's life, there will be a BBQ and potluck on Saturday, November 28, at Merryman's Beach House, on Moonstone Beach, Westhaven, at 2 p.m.
Arrangements under the direction of Paul's Chapel, Arcata, CA 707-822-2445, www.paulschapel.com
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Created by: Cally
Record added: Nov 25, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 44793552