John Garrison passed away on the evening of Saturday, July 30,  2022 surrounded by loved
ones and prayer at St. Luke’s hospital. He was 70 years old. John was a loving husband, a
caring father, a doting papa, and a dependable friend, and a hardworking businessman
and CPA. Often described as ornery and perpetually late, he was even better known as
kind, generous, gentle, sincere, fun, and – most notably – faithful. John was an avid
runner and a lifelong hiker, who could be found almost any day of the week enjoying a
short or long meet-up over coffee with friends old and new. This consistent engagement
with those he cared about plainly demonstrated his willingness to do anything to better
connect with people. Whether crawling on the ground to play with grandkids or
traveling to faraway offices to discuss financial matters, John met people where they
were and needed to be.  John was always frugal and sometimes jokingly regarded as cheap. He was known to talk slowly,
a trait his closest friends and family would recognize as thoughtfulness, with intentful
“pauses for effect.” Regardless, everyone knew him as a great listener.

John is preceded in death by his parents Keith and Evelyn Garrison, and his sister, Jana Young.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 43 years, Jane, and their three children: daughter,
Marty Brown and her husband, Gates; son, Tim; daughter, Laura Marriott and her
husband, Matthew; along with four grandchildren: Anna & Garrison Brown, Evelyn &
Arthur Marriott; and also brother, Russell and wife, Jennifer; and brother, Glen, and
wife, Arlene. He also leaves many loving cousins, nieces, nephews, and countless

A 5pm rosary service will be held at Queen of the Holy Rosary 7023 W. 71 St. Overland Park, Kansas 66204 on
Thursday, August 4, 2022 with visitation until 7:30 pm.  John built many relationships
running the roads and races of Kansas City. He always felt comfortable in a race shirt
and running gear, if this is how you knew him Jane would like you to feel comfortable
wearing the same gear to the visitation. A funeral mass will be held at the same
location on Friday, August 5th at 10am, followed by the burial and then a luncheon at the church.   John
was adamant about sharing good laughs and fun conversation over food and drink, and
all are welcome. The funeral will be live-streamed at

It can also be accessed at

John would never expect or want gifts. With that, in lieu of flowers, the family requests a
donation to Girls on the Run Kansas City, the Midwest Transplant Network, or a charity
of your choice. The greatest appreciation is extended to the countless individuals and
groups who have reached out to the family in this challenging time and offered their
prayers and eagerness to support. The family is grateful for the compassionate, adept,
and loving care that the staff at St. Luke’s CICU provided to John and his family. While
they move through their grief, they are thankful to be reminded of the lasting impact
John has left on so many, and feel comforted in knowing he is now looking down on all
of us. Assistance by Funeral Advocates, LLC.

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