Ralph Mullendore Garrett


Ralph M. Garrett, Sr., of Sand Flat, Texas, passed away at his home in Sand Flat on Sunday, June 23, just after midnight. Ralph was born on December 25, 1923 in Wheeling, West Virginia. Ralph was preceded in death by his wife, Gloria Isabel Echols Garrett. He is survived by children Judy and Clint McMahon, Jill Goodgion, Sybil Fisher, and Ralph and Kim Garrett. Jr. as well as 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Ralph has been healthy and independent - living alone on his farm and driving - until about a year ago!

Ralph was a thinker. He was extremely well-read and mostly self-educated. He could figure out how to get almost anything done.

He was a survivor of the Battle of the Bulge in WW2.

Ralph was a rancher, draftsman, realtor, adult probation officer and a drafting teacher at Cleburne High School.

Ralph was community minded. He was very active in helping the Tesuya Council of Camp Fire. His three daughters, Judy Garrett McMahon, Jill Garrett Goodgion, Sybil Garrett Fisher, and grandchildren Jennifer Mahon Andrews, Amanda Goodgion Gilbreath, and Shawn McMahon were very active in Camp Fire. His wife, Gloria Echols Garrett, was a Camp Fire leader. Ralph also assisted the Boy Scouts of America in Johnson County and was an active member of the Exchange Club.
Ralph, Sr was also very proud of our awesome brother, Ralph M. Garrett, Jr. It was a huge joy for him to have Ralph Jr. nearby working in his furniture art business at the farm.

RALPH LOVED THE OUTDOORS!! He was an avid fisherman for many years, and had a blast canoeing the Brazos River as often as possible. Ralph and wife Gloria traveled in the western US in their travel trailer for many years - on their own - as well as part of the Carvers Camping Club.
Ralph filled his later years with wood-carving, reading, gardening, caring for his farm and enjoying his four children and their families. Our family learned many valuable lessons from our father and are proud of the example he set for all of us.
No services are planned at this time. In lieu of flowers please consider donations to
Camp Fire Tesuya Council
815 N Main
Cleburne TX 76033
(817) 645-8274

Cleburne Friends of the Cultural Arts
PO Box 2424
JN Long Cultural Arts Complex, 425 Granbury Street
Cleburne, TX 76033

Or to the charity of your choice.
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Ethan Love
Jun 30, 2019
I was a student in Ralph's drafting class at CHS from '82-84. He taught me a lot about graphical communication and drafting, as well as how to be self sufficient and to 'LOOK IT UP". He also helped me find some part time drafting work while I was in high school! I still use the skills he taught today as a professional engineer. He left a huge impression on me that I'll never forget. RIP Ralph, you were a terrific guy.
Jun 30, 2019
He was always a nice person I used to check him out at Walmart . going to miss him
Jeff Echols
Jun 30, 2019
Ralph helped teach me to fish and always shared wonderful stories with me.Thanks Ralph!
Sybil Fisher
Jun 28, 2019
Dad's porch and the tree that caused him to buy the farm. Dad's favorite activity was sitting on the porch and watching the sunset!
Jennifer McMahon Andrews dressed as her Grandpa's "twin" in overalls.
Ralph and his bride "Glo" at the farm around 1951.
Sybil Fisher
Jun 28, 2019