Zane Taylor Garrett, beloved son of Arlie and Debby Garrett, passed away on December 21, 2020, at age 43, in Stephenville, Texas after a long battle with liver disease. He was born June 10, 1977 in Temple, Texas.
Soon after his birth, his parents moved to Terrell, Texas, where he saw his first football game, and a lifetime passion was born. He spent many happy hours riding his Big Wheel up and down Nanny and Granddaddy Clark’s long driveway next door. It was there that he learned that slamming on the brakes would make it ‘fishtail’ and that was FUN!
When Zane was four, the family moved to Leander, Texas and then Round Rock, Texas. Zane made friends easily, many of whom are still close friends to this day. Some of his fondest childhood memories include birthday parties, swimming, youth sports, school, and roaming the nearby woods with friends, where they built a fort from scrap lumber.
Zane graduated in 1996 from McNeil High School in Round Rock, Texas. While still a junior at McNeil, he was accepted by Texas A&M University. He went on to earn high school academic honors and played football as #45 for the McNeil Mavericks. He wanted to be a coach like his beloved dad. After high school graduation, he enrolled at Texas A&M, where, as a lifelong fan of the Fightin’ Texas Aggies, he enjoyed campus life and regularly attended football games.
As an adult, Zane worked in the computer industry and coached youth football in Round Rock, Texas. When his health began to decline, he moved to Stephenville, Texas to be close to family. Whenever the ‘Friday Night Lights’ came on for the Stephenville High School Yellow Jackets football team, he was either at the game, or listening to it on the local radio station with his beloved Granny Garrett.
Friends and family have described Zane as smart, funny, sensitive, big-hearted, and deeply loyal to his friends. In addition to football, his interests included dancing, listening to music, and writing poetry (occasionally writing personal poems for special people in his life). Zane also loved travel; especially to the mountains of Colorado.
He is survived by his mother, Debby Garrett; daughter, Sienna McGuire; half-brother, Trent Harrison and wife, Michelle; uncle, Danny Taylor and wife, Connie, uncle, Bob Garrett and wife, Carol, uncle, Chuck Garrett, aunt, Dian Garrett Tucker and husband, Frank, along with numerous cousins, nephews, one niece, and many friends. He was preceded in death by his father, twin sons, grandparents, one uncle, and one aunt.
We wish we could be together in person for our beloved Zane’s Celebration of Life. But, given the current Covid pandemic, we hope Zane’s virtual Celebration of Life, represented by a slideshow of photographs and music, will ease your sadness, bring smiles to your faces, and comfort to your hearts. If you know of others who would like to view Zane’s Celebration of Life, please feel free to share. If we could all be together, family and friends would have the opportunity to give spoken eulogies. Instead, loving memories and special goodbyes may be shared on Zane’s Tribute Wall by clicking on the tab above his obituary. We invite you to share your personal recollections, as these remembrances will comfort all of Zane’s grieving friends and family members. While viewing his Celebration of Life, we ask that you wear a touch of maroon, in memory of Zane and his love of Texas A&M.
Per Zane’s request, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Liver Foundation, PO Box 299, West Orange NJ 07052, https://liverfoundation.org
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