Funeral services for Pat Garrett, 82 year old lifetime Kaycee resident who passed away quietly Thursday evening at his ranch in Sussex, where he was born, will be held Friday November 3rd at 10:00 a.m. from the Harold Jarrard Park Building in Kaycee with Charlie Firnekas officiating. A private family interment will be held later. Donations in Pat’s memory may be made to the Susie Bowling Lawrence Hospice in care of the Harness Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo. Online condolences may be made at www.harnessfuneralhome.com
Patrick Richard Garrett was born April 7th, 1935 at the family ranch in Sussex, Wyoming. As with many children in his generation he attended local small schools in the Sussex area which could be reached on horseback. He attended Johnson County High School in Buffalo where he boarded and graduated with the class of 1953. In 1952 Pat suffered a gunshot wound to his left hand while cleaning a pistol. As a way to rehabilitate the injury it was suggested in the hospital that he might consider playing the guitar. He learned to play the guitar and played at dances throughout the state for decades, most regularly the Grange Hall dances in Kaycee. He was married on January 31st 1960 in Buffalo to Harriet Imogene White and they made their home in Sussex on the family ranch. Pat and Harriet raised Hereford Cattle, lived, worked and raised their family on the ranch for the next 48 years. Harriet passed away in April of 2008 and Pat continued living on the ranch until his death.
Pat was a member of the Kaycee School Board and Johnson County Weed and Pest. He got his outfitter’s license in 1953 and guided hunters for the next 60 years. Pat was an accomplished musician and was a member of the Wyoming Country Music Foundation. His passion was spending time with his family, especially playing the guitar and watching his grandkids dance.
He is survived by his son John Garrett and his wife Karen of Kaycee; one daughter Victoria Garrett of Sheridan; four grandchildren, Samantha, Atticus, Harper and Adan Garrett; one great-granddaughter, Sterling Hughes; one nephew and several nieces. Pat was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Harriet, one brother Jack (John L.) Garrett, and one sister Margot Mengel.