Garrett Bevington Spear-Smith, 50, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on Sunday February 5, 2023. He faced cancer with his characteristic faith, strength, and positivity.
Garrett was born the middle child of Garwin and Veta Smith in Rome, New York on May 25, 1972. He was known for his love of family, his inimitable wit and intelligence, his multiple talents, and his strong faith.
Garrett’s military family lived in New York, Arkansas, Italy, and Florida before moving to Grinnell, Iowa in 1984, where he graduated from high school in 1990. He then attended the University of Northern Iowa, where he met his beloved wife Joy, whom he married in May 1995. They moved to Boulder, where he got his JD from the University of Colorado Law School.
Garrett had a successful career as a corporate attorney in real estate and oil and gas. He first practiced in Omaha, then moved to Houston, where he practiced law for over 20 years. He was appreciated for his witty, personable nature, and commitment to high-quality work.
Garrett’s daughters, Julianna and Hannah, were the center of his universe. He was a playful, creative, and loving father. As they grew and became involved in extracurricular activities, he was known for never missing a performance or game, despite his demanding work. He was first a theater dad, then a volleyball dad, and always capturing their accomplishments through video and photography.
Garrett was an accomplished musician-an exceptional pianist in multiple genres, and he also played guitar, bass and ukulele. He was also skilled in other interests: golf, fishing, photography, chess, poker, juggling and Assassin’s Creed. He shared his enthusiasm over his many hobbies with family, friends, and social media, often mentoring and guiding others.
Garrett was an active member of his church and relished being a part of the praise team, sharing his faith through music. Throughout his illness, Garrett shared his evolving reflections on faith and his sense of God’s plan in his CaringBridge. His entries inspire others to seek optimism and serenity in the face of such challenges.
Garrett will be fondly remembered by his wife Joy; daughters, Julianna and Hannah; father, Garwin; sisters, Laura and Della; as well as many more family and friends. He is predeceased by his mother, Veta.
Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice in his remembrance.