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Monday, May 31, 2021

Obituary - Darren Mitchel Garrison

Darren Mitchel Garrison, age 56, of Belton, Missouri, passed suddenly on Thursday, May 27, 2021 at his home.

A visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at Cullen Funeral Home, 612 W. Foxwood Dr. Raymore, Missouri 64083 followed immediately by a funeral service at 11:00 a.m. Burial will take place at Belton Cemetery in Belton, Missouri.

Darren was born in Kansas City, Missouri on May 14, 1965 to Richard Dale Garrison and Patsy Ann (Myers) Garrison. Darren graduated Belton High School in 1983. He married fellow 1983 Belton High School graduate Karen Saar in 1988 and they lived in Kansas City, Missouri until they built their home in Belton, Missouri in 1990. A new home was just finished in Peculiar, Missouri to accommodate his disabilities but unfortunately, he passed before he could move in and enjoy it.

After high school graduation Darren left Fleetwood Chevrolet to complete the IBEW124 Union Apprentice Program. After becoming injured as a electrician he attended CMSU and graduated with a Bachelor's in Business in 1996. He completed an internship at Cerner while working on his degree. He ultimately ended up at Hallmark Cards as a systems programmer in the Warehouse business area. In 2002 he left Hallmark Cards and went to Honeywell as a Program Management Analyst.

In life Darren was a man that loved the outdoors. He enjoyed fishing and hunting with his family, especially with his cousin Kevin Baxter. He enjoyed learning to make stained glass art as well as having game night with his family. He loved watching and attending Mavericks Ice Hockey games as well as watching the Chicago Blackhawks. Watching the KC Chiefs gave him plenty of opportunities to yell at the television and at the games in person. One of the best sports days of his life was when the Chiefs won the Super Bowl in February of 2020. He also enjoyed traveling with his wife from coast to coast and overseas. His favorite place to visit was the island of Nevis in the West Indies.

Darren was a very loving and caring man. He was very protective of his family and friends and was loyal to the end to everyone he loved. He made friends easily and was known to many people in the healthcare field as the "Candy Man" as he loved to hand out candy during his numerous hospital and nursing home stays over the past six years. He valiantly fought multiple surgeries, injuries and illnesses that lead to his permanent disability from 2015 until his passing.

Darren was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Mahlon and Jessie Garrison; and maternal grandparents, Vincent VanKleek and Lela VanKleek.

He is survived by his loving wife of over thirty three years, Karen (Saar) Garrison; parents, Richard and Patsy Garrison; younger sister, Susan Kampe; two nieces, Morgan Kampe and Lindsey Speir and great nephew Michael Speir.

Darren also had a great love for his dogs which were both rescue dogs. Sweetie preceded him in death while Precious his current dog will be heartbroken without her doggie daddy.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Wayside Waifs, 3901 Martha Truman Rd., Kansas City, Missouri 64137.

Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, Missouri 816.322.5278