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Archie Bingham Garrard, born April 17, 1924, in Smithfield, Utah to Archibald and Uvada Garrard passed away February 2, 2024. Just 2 ½ months shy of his 100th birthday, he has returned to his Heavenly Home to be with his wife June, his parents, sisters, brother, and other family members who have passed on before him.
Archie was an active young man who loved his magazine and newspaper routes as well as working on his grandfather’s farm. He joined the U.S. Navy during World War II and trained as their radio operator and technician / radar repairman and operator. He served for 4 ½ years.
He married his wife, June Mortensen on June 17, 1948, in the Mesa Arizona LDS Temple, and they were married for 72 years when she passed away on August 1, 2020. They lived in Utah, Arizona, Oregon, and Idaho before moving their family to Alabama in 1966. They had five daughters and one son and raised them in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. June and Archie enjoyed Church callings and assignments, enjoyed genealogy, and loved being ordinance workers in the Atlanta and Birmingham LDS Temples during the 1980s and 1990s. He had a testimony of a loving Savior, Jesus Christ.
He worked for the U.S. Army on Redstone Arsenal as a technician in physical standards, and as a technical writer / editor journeyman. After staying in the homes of children since 2020, he most recently lived at South Hampton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center while being treated for congestive heart failure by Hospice of North Alabama. He yearned to be with his beloved June, and peacefully passed through heaven’s veil early Friday morning.
Archie was survived by his children Linda Mayes (Rashadd), Susan Joyce Earl (Doug), Jeri Diane Howard (Bruce), Archie Ronald Garrard (Tran), Jeanette Chidavaenzi, and Katherine Underwood (Keith). He had 21 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, and a few great-great grandchildren.
Archie and June had many friends and loved ones who they were blessed to cross paths with, and we love you. To all of the caregivers, nurses, and doctors who cared for and touched their lives in many ways, so unselfishly, we thank you. They have described Archie as amazing, good, kind, gentle, and one of the sweetest men. God be with you all, till we meet again.