Tom Garrett

Profile Updated: August 27, 2015
Residing In: Sedona, AZ USA
Spouse/Partner: Sunny
Occupation: Retired
Children: Wendy Leigh Garrett born 1974. Wendy is a graduate of Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO. She and her More…husband Glen own an organic mushroom farm near Missoula, MT. They have a new product that is doing very well and for which they have a patent pending.
Military Service: Army Reserve  
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I graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1970. I was in the Army Reserves from 1970-1976. I worked for Shell Pipeline and then Shell Oil from 1970-1980. From 1980-1982 I worked for Armada Petroleum.

In 1982 we moved to Steamboat Springs, CO and in November of 1982 we opened La Montana Southwestern and Mexican Restaurant. Over the years we were included in articles in both Gourmet and Bon Appetit Magazines. We were also included in an article in the Sunday New York Times that included a photo of our dining room on a busy Saturday night. We were considered by many to be the finest restaurant in Northwest Colorado.

I was very active in and on the Board of the Colorado Restaurant Association. I was honored to receive the CRA's highest honor the Distinguished Service Award (winner selected by past winners) and the National Restaurant Association's first ever Grass Roots Leadership award which was presented to my wife and me in Washington, DC. Shortly before we retired I was honored to become a Director Emeritus of the CRA's Board. Then in 2011 I was inducted into the CRA's Foodservice Hall of Fame.

In 2007 we sold La Montana and retired to what had been our second home near Sedona, AZ. We live approx. 30 minutes outside Sedona. We have 10-acres and share a boundry with the National Forest. We look across 1000's of acres to the red rock walls Sedona is so famous for without seeing a single structure. We feel like our place is Heaven on Earth. We have three Scottish Terriers which is our favorite breed. We refer to them as our Kids.

In the last 24-hours we've seen deer twice and a large herd of antelope on ATV rides with the Kids. This morning while I ate French Toast for breakfast I watched two Roadrunners looking for "snacks" or our back patio (8/26/15).

God is good!

School Story:

I graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1970 with a BBA in Business Management. I was in Theta Chi Fraternity. Buzzy Buvinghausen was one of my Brothers and is one of my life heros. Buzzy, after graduation, joined the Air Force and went to flight school. He flew approximately 112 missions over Nam as a pilot. He then came home and took over the family business. He grew it into a large company with locations in three states. He became VERY SUCCESSFUL! He is now retired and lives in South Carolina. He has an awesome collection of cars and motorcycles. Thank you for your service to our country Brother!!! You are one SUPER GUY!

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Sep 14, 2018 at 5:35 PM

Charlie,
Happy birthday my friend. Wish I could give you a hug. You, Richard, Pete and I had a lot of good times together. Did you ever track Richard down? I would love to see you both.
So hope you have a great day! Just make it a Birthday Weekend and have a great weekend. These days I only drink O'Doul's but I would certainly like to share a cocktail with you and Richard for your birthday.
Best,
Tom

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Sep 14, 2017 at 3:15 PM

Charlie,
Hope you have a great birthday. Did you dodge the flooding from the storm? I sure hope so.

Best,
Tom Garrett

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Sep 14, 2016 at 1:43 PM

Charlie,
Happy Birthday my friend. Hope you have a great day!

When we last conversed you mentioned having a lead on Richard. Did you ever follow up on that. I'd love to catch up with him. Also I know Suzi would love to make contact with him. She goes all the way back to elementary school with him and was frustrated that she had lost track.

Take care,
Tom

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Feb 28, 2016 at 12:33 PM

Charlie,
Did you get the message I sent to you? I discovered that I was having a computer problem about that time and I never saw it in the Interactions.
Tom

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Nov 12, 2015 at 4:35 PM

Carol,

Hope you have a great birthday. Sing like nobody is listening, dance like nobody is watching and celebrate like its your special day because it is!!! Happy happy birthday! Like I said in a previous note I'm so sorry I didn't get to come to the reunion. Had looked forward to seeing you and many others. Sure seems like a good time was had by all.

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Posted on: Sep 02, 2015 at 9:34 AM

Joanna, Thanks so much for posting the photos of the reunion. I enjoyed viewing them and am sure I will review them again. Glad you had a great time. And by the way, your house is beautiful. You look pretty snazzy cruising around on that fancy riding mower too. I have to agree with Robby Harris though. You need to get a cup holder. Stop by a Harley store and get just the right one so you looks sporty! It needs to match your personality! Best.

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Aug 27, 2015 at 4:40 PM

Craig, You and Skippy are two people I will really miss getting to see. Have a great time.

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Aug 27, 2015 at 4:38 PM

Skippy, One of the people I would really like to see and visit with. Have a great time.

Aug 27, 2015 at 3:50 PM

Wayne I always get a kick out of you. Have you ever looked at Buzzy's profile? If not then you owe it to yourself to take a look at his car/bike collection! Look at what I have to say on my profile about Buzzy. He won't brag on himself. I'll tell you what Wayne, if anyone in our class became a better and more successful businessman than Buzzy then they did VERY well. I knew in college Buzzy was going to go a long way. He was the Activities Chairman in our fraternity and although he made it look like he never did anything every single party/event ran like clockwork. He was/is ultra organized. Have a great time at the reunion.

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Aug 27, 2015 at 1:05 PM

Carol, Sorry I'll miss getting to see you this weekend. Hope all is well with you and your family. Sunny and I are doing fine. We bounce between our ranch near Sedona, AZ, our Coach at our Lot in Las Vegas Motorcoach Resort and the road. My daughter Wendy and her husband Glen still live in Montana near Missoula. She just turned 41 on 8/19/15. They visited us in Las Vegas in March and came to Sedona when Sunny had her stroke in May. Things are good with us and we hope to take a nice Coach trip next month. God Bless.

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Posted on: Aug 27, 2015 at 12:28 PM

This is beside the entrance to our main driveway. My wife named our ranch "El Rancho De Dos Suenos" which translates to "The Ranch Of Two Dreams". In the background is Casner Mountain.
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Posted on: Aug 26, 2015 at 1:49 PM

Sorry that I will be unable to attend. A bit of bad timing for me. In May 2015 my wife Sunny had a stroke. She is back to 100 % now thanks to God! Her 69th birthday just happens to be August 29th and I didn't want to go off and leave her. Thanks so much to Susie and her team for all the work they put into this site and all the get togethers/reunions. Hello to everyone and may the good Lord bless the souls of all those who have passed.

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Posted on: Aug 25, 2015 at 8:53 PM

Taken with us in our front yard. Our home is just behind the camera. Angus had drifted out of the shot. Our small ranch borders the National Forest.
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Aug 25, 2015 at 8:52 PM
Loaded up for our evening ATV ride.
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Emily, Garrett, Angus and me in our front yard.
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Another photo in our front yard.
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Posted: Aug 27, 2015 at 12:32 PM
This is beside the entrance to our main driveway. My wife named our ranch "El Rancho De Dos Suenos" which translates to "The Ranch Of Two Dreams". In the background is Casner Mountain.
Posted: Aug 25, 2015 at 8:59 PM
Taken with us in our front yard. Our home is just behind the camera. Angus had drifted out of the shot. Our small ranch borders the National Forest.
Posted: Aug 25, 2015 at 8:59 PM
Loaded up for our evening ATV ride.
Posted: Aug 25, 2015 at 9:00 PM
Emily, Garrett, Angus and me in our front yard.
Posted: Aug 25, 2015 at 9:01 PM
Another photo in our front yard.
Posted: Aug 25, 2015 at 9:03 PM
Sunny, my wife of 38 years in our front yard with our Kids.