Garrett Lee Malnar

Dec. 6, 1984 – Aug. 20, 2018

Garrett Lee Malnar, age 33, passed away at home on Aug. 20, 2018. He was born Dec. 6, 1984, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Clinton Ray Malnar and Melanie Reber

Garrett was raised in Santa Clara and attended Santa Clara Elementary. At age 12 he moved to Bloomington Hills to live with his father. He attended Pine View High School where he played junior varsity football and graduated in the class of 2003.

After high school he used his charm and smarts to start his own business in the field of sales. Two years ago, he moved to California and was still working in sales. He recently moved back to Santa Clara.

Garrett was charming and made friends easily. The friendships he made when he was young he valued very much and remained close with those friends throughout his life. He made everyone he met feel like family. Garrett loved sports and his favorite thing was watching the Utah Jazz with his dad or his Grandpa Reber. He would challenge anyone to a game of basketball in the driveway. He loved to torment his sisters and he was very good at it. He and his father had a great tradition of going hunting and fishing in the Uinta mountains, Garrett loved the mountains and always looked forward to this.

The list of words to describe Garrett are endless but these are some of the ones we like best: biggest heart, best friend, protector, smart, so funny, loving, stubborn, sarcastic, caring for everyone, and his laugh and smile were contagious. Garrett had a pure love for his family and loved them more than anything. His biggest concern was always for his mother.

Garrett loved shoes, you could say he had an obsession. In fact, he just bought three pair on Saturday, which goes to show he had plans and his story wasn’t supposed to be over yet. The disease of addiction has plagued Garrett for some time. He had fought and won many of these battles, but the ugly disease reared its head again. Garrett had just bought a ticket to go to Boston to enter a treatment program. This disease made him into someone he didn’t want to be. He had a drive and desire to be successful in all areas of his life. But the demons won this battle.

He will be missed so much and always loved.

Garrett is survived by his mother Melanie Reber (Santa Clara), his father Clint and Jordan Malnar (Bloomington Hills), and three sisters, Nicole and David Spence (North Carolina), Candice and Brian Warby (Iowa), Lauren Malnar (California), grandmother Marylynn Reber (Santa Clara) and five nieces and nephews.

Funeral services

  • Funeral services will be held Friday, Aug. 24, at 1 p.m., at the Spilsbury Mortuary Chapel, 110 S. Bluff St., St. George, Utah.
  • There will be a viewing Thursday, Aug. 23, from 6-8 p.m. and prior to services Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., both to be held at the mortuary.
  • Interment will take place in the Santa Clara City Cemetery.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Spilsbury Mortuary, 435-673-2454.

For condolences, full obituary and funeral listings please visit Spilsbury Mortuary online.

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