Jerry Lee Garnett passed peacefully at home on April 21, 2023. Jerry was born in Driftwood Tx on November 9, 1933 and attended Dripping Springs schools along with his two brothers, Paul and Gene.
Following graduation, Jerry attended The University of Texas at Austin and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Education. He became a Math teacher at Dripping Springs (High?) School and later became the Principal there.
He did not particularly like the job as he (quote) “Didn’t like having to paddle the students”. Therefore, Jerry sought out and attained yet a second Bachelor’s degree from UT Austin and worked the next nearly 40 years as a Civil Engineer, first for the State of Texas and then for the Federal Government.
During this time, Jerry built his first home and raised his family in BeeCave, Texas. He was a devoted father, trading in his golf passion for taking his kids to lessons of all sorts, helping with homework, attending all of their sports games, cooking, teaching them to hunt and fish, camping on the Pedernales at Milton Reimer’s ranch, along with countless other adventures.
Upon retirement, Jerry built a new home back on his original family ranch in Dripping Springs where he spent much of his time clearing cedar, making repairs and taking care of wildlife & cows.
Finally, in his early 70’s Jerry reunited with a schoolmate, Loretta Watson of Dripping Springs. He and Loretta spent 17 wonderful years together entertaining kids & grandkids, taking care of their home place, traveling on cruises, and most of all—taking many, many, many spins around the dance floor at Mercer Dance Hall and countless other dance halls across Texas. Another of their pastimes was preparing Loretta for her participation in the Senior Olympic Games as Jerry was her coach! He was blessed that even through his latter years life continued to be filled with fun, love and companionship which his family is very, very grateful for.
Jerry is survived by: Wife Loretta Watson, Son Patrick Norwood Garnett, Daughter in Law Stasi Garnett, Daughter Lyn Anne Garnett, Step Children Don & Melissa Watson, Mark & Laura Watson,
Several grandchildren and numerous nieces & nephews.
At Jerry’s request, No services were held. He chose to be cremated with his ashes spread at both his original home place, the XU Ranch and also at Flatrock Canyon, a favorite place of he and Loretta on her ranch.
Happy Birthday Dad, we love you and miss you deeply. It has taken some time of healing to be ready for this, and we know that you above all else understand.