David Mitchell Garrett

January 11, 1941 - April 28, 2023

David Mitchell Garrett, born January 11, 1941, in Port Arthur, Texas, passed from this life Friday morning, April 28, 2023, in Groves, Texas, at the age of 82. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jewett Davis and Iva Mary Garrett of Port Arthur, Texas.

After graduating from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1958, he attended Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas and completed his education at the university of Texas Dental Branch in Houston in 1966.Upon graduating from dental school, David joined the United States Air Force as a Captain, and served as a dentist in Big Spring, Texas where he enjoyed digging for Indian relics in his spare time. He had a lifelong love of hunting and fishing, especially with his uncle and best friend, Garrett Timmerman. Following his military tenure, he opened a dental practice in Groves, Texas treating patients for over 40 years. But David would say, his greatest role was serving as an elder in both the West Groves and Stonegate Churches of Christ.

David is survived by his loving wife of fifty-three years, Betty Gail and four children, Stephen Mitchell, Laurel Leigh Strickland, Jathen David, and Jarren Davis. He is also survived by his thirteen grandchildren, Ashlyn Stowe Holder, Katelyn Gail Grace, Jenna Suzanne Bryan, Jace Davis, Reid Mitchell, Jake David, Jameson Durke Strickland, Abigail Grace, Remington Russell Strickland, Grace Elise, Gideon Garrett Strickland, Thomason Tower Strickland, and Jude David. And in the past two years, two great-grandchildren were added to his family, Ren Walker Bryan and Hannah Stowe Holder.

A gathering of Dr. Garrett’s family and friends will begin at 10:00 a.m., with his funeral service at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 2, 2023, at Memorial Church of Christ, 2525 Aero Drive, Port Arthur. His interment will follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park, Port Neches.

Gathering of Family and Friends

Memorial Church of Christ-Port Arthur
  • 2525, Aero Drive, Port Arthur, Texas, 77640,
  • May 2, 2023
  • 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Funeral Service

Memorial Church of Christ-Port Arthur
  • 2525, Aero Drive, Port Arthur, Texas, 77640,
  • May 2, 2023
  • 11:00 am


Oak Bluff Memorial Park
  • 618, Block Street, Port Neches, Texas, 77651,
  • May 2, 2023

Comments (3)

    Fr. Steve Leger says:

    A truly great guy. Always smiling and in a good mood. Many happy memories from visiting him as our family dentist.

    Fr. Steve Leger

    Lewis Rusche says:

    David was a fine man and friend. Most importantly, a Christian. Gail and family may you feel God’s comfort in the days ahead.

    Gene and Molly Palermo says:

    We feel blessed to have known David and his family for much of our lives. He lived his life following after God, walking with Christ. He taught his children to love God and the importance of living the Christian life. He will be greatly missed, but his legacy will live on through his wife, children and grandchildren. We’ll continue praying for the family.

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