He fought that good fight, didn’t he? Away but near, into that light; always the light.
John Martin Garrison passed away Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, at home, surrounded by his wife and children. He was 74. John was born Oct. 3, 1944, in Nampa to Shirley Eugene “Nig” Garrison and Carol Lucy (Young) Garrison.
John was the only son in a family of three girls and much beloved by them all. John attended Nampa High School, graduating in 1962. He excelled at baseball and especially enjoyed spending time with his father. John graduated from Brigham Young University with a pre-med degree in 1966, and completed his post-graduate work at the Allied Medical School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1968. He completed his physical therapy residency at the University of Oregon Medical School in 1969, before beginning his career as a physical therapist at St. Luke’s Hospital, Boise.
In 1979, John and his family moved to Orofino, where he was employed at Clearwater Valley Hospital as physical therapist and would later begin his own private practice, which flourished for more than 25 years. He enjoyed his job and especially all the kind and interesting people he met. He sold his practice in 2014, and spent retirement with his children, grandchildren, friends, family and always working on various “projects.”
John enjoyed reading and writing poetry, coaching his son’s Little League games and restoring classic cars. He was diagnosed with cancer in October of 2017, and truly did fight the good fight and saw it through until the end, never losing his sense of humor and perspective. He was a busy, hardworking and knowledgeable man who devoted much of his time and love serving his family, friends, patients and anyone else in need.
John married Olivia Medicus on June 19, 1965, in Medford, Ore. Their 42-year union produced eight children. In what is one of the best love stories, the couple later remarried on Nov. 17, 2017. John will be lovingly remembered by his children: Tiffany Garrison Shriver; Gretchen Kirkman (Jeff); Jessica Tyson (Tony); Jordan Garrison (Amy); Paige Garrison; John John Garrison; Mackenzie Garrison; Whitney Garrison and Dylan Garrison. John and Olivia share 25 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, with many other loved nieces and nephews.
John is survived by his one and only true love, Olivia; along with his mother and three sisters. He was preceded in death by his father and grandparents. The family appreciates the kindness and care received by John from family, friends, medical teams and special thanks to Hospice of Lewiston.
At John’s wishes, there will be no service; a private memorial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center Hospice of Lewiston.