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Garrett Martindale

December 9, 1982 ~ December 2, 2021 (age 38)

Obituary

Born in Vernon BC and living in the beautiful Okanagan/Shuswap for the remainder of his life. Garrett grew up and went to school in Enderby, spending lots of time with friends and family outdoors in the area. He was a proud father of three lovely children, James, Emma and Jessica. Jennifer, his wife, was the love of his life.

Garrett was an avid outdoorsman, hunter, and angler. He was at home with nature and enjoyed providing for his family and teaching his children to respect animals. He was entertained by stories of big foot and Sasquatch’s and anything unexplainable. Garrett was also a very skilled storyteller himself; he was able to make even an unsuccessful trip in the woods an experience to be told aloud. He had a soft spot in his heart for dogs and cats, and sometimes had trouble keeping them at home, Turk was Garrett’s favorite cat and Buck and Bear were his friends. He was a kind and generous man with a big heart. He was more than willing to share what he had, whether it was smoked fish, deer, or moose. Most of you know that he liked to tease and play tricks on you, that is how he showed his love. Pretending to be a bear and scaring the heck out of his friends was a favorite game of his.

Garrett's working career started out at Rapid Span, cutting steel beams for bridges. Apparently, his name is stamped into a steel beam on the bridge that is on the east side of Golden just past the kicking horse rest area. (of course, this was against the rules)

He then moved on to painting houses for many years doing contract work in the valley, friends and family would often be recruited to help with the big jobs.

His career with Fisheries and as a River Guardian were his passion. He looked forward to his time on the river with his cousin Troy. In the studies of sturgeon habitat, they would retrieve the receivers 3 times a year from tagged Sturgeon and download the info from each sturgeon. The area this took place was from the mouth of the Fraser to Yale in the Fraser Canyon.

His work as a River Guardian was on the Chilliwack River to survey steelhead anglers and collect data to aid in the management of steelhead.

The Lower Fraser River Guardian program was surveying sturgeon anglers, removing ghost nets, and watching for environmental contaminants and infractions. This took place from Vancouver to Yale.

Garrett will be on a documentary program soon. He was working with fisheries conducting the sturgeon telemetry studies.

Tragically Garrett was taken from us before we could say good-bye. He will be lovingly missed by many family members and close friends. We will remember his smile, his laugh and his stories and keep him alive in our hearts forever.

 


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