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308 Pollasky Ave, Clovis, CA

OBITUARY

Timothy J. Garner PhD

13 November, 196319 November, 2019
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Timothy J. Garner, PhD November 13, 1963 to November 19,2019

Timothy J. Garner “Tim”, at the age of 56 passed away November 19th, 2019 at the family home with family by his side. Tim is a long time native of Clovis, California, but for the last 29 years Tim lived and worked in the Los Angeles area. Tim graduated from Clovis West High School in 1981. In 1988, he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry/Physics and in 1990 completed his master’s degree in Chemistry. Tim received both degrees from California State University, Fresno. After years of education Tim decided to continue his education and proceeded to earn his Doctorate Degree in Analytical Chemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1992. Tim published Applied Spectroscopy in 1993 and Journal of Physical Chemistry in 1995. Tim was employed by Spectrum Laboratories, INC as a Pharmaceutical Chemist for the last 22 years. Co-workers and friends of Tim valued his extraordinary knowledge of Chemistry, testing and research skills but most of all valued his friendship. Tim believed in people and their abilities and believed in sharing his knowledge. Prior to working at Spectrum; Tim was a teaching and research assistant at the University of California Los Angeles.

Tim is survived by his parents Donald and Mary Garner of Clovis, sister, Waunema Earheart (Richard) of Clovis, brother Larry Garner (Teresa) of Fresno and his two Aunts Stella Messer (Handy) of Clovis and Bonnie Wagers of Pueblo Colorado. In addition, Tim is survived by more than 25 cousins, nieces and nephews.

Serving as pallbearers are Larry Garner, Richard Earheart, Duane Earheart, Rob Earheart, Geoffrey Lampkin, Christian Lampkin and Brandon Earheart.

A Visitation for Timothy will be held Tuesday, November 26, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Boice Funeral Home, 308 Pollasky Avenue, Clovis, CA 93612.

A Graveside Service at 2:00 p.m. at Clovis Cemetery 305 North Villa Avenue, Clovis, CA 93612.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Timothy's memory may be made to American Cancer Society, http://www.cancer.org.

  • FAMILY

  • Mary Garner, Mother
  • Donald Garner, Father
  • Waunema Earheart, Sister
  • Richard Earheart, Brother-in-law
  • Larry Garner, Brother
  • Teresa Garner, Sister-in-law
  • Tim is survived by more than 25 cousins, nieces and nephews
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Larry Garner, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Richard Earheart, Pallbearer
  • Duane Earheart, Pallbearer
  • Rob Earheart, Pallbearer
  • Geoffrey Lampkin, Pallbearer
  • Christian Lampkin, Pallbearer
  • Brandon Earheart, Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, 26 November , 2019
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, 26 November , 2019

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Biography

Eulogy - Timothy J Garner, PHD

I know that when I stood up Tim looked at Granny and said “Oh no, make her sit down. You never know what is coming out of her mouth!” Tim was born on Nov 13, 1963. JFK was President. Tim graduated in 1981 from Clovis West High School. He was in the 1st graduating class of Clovis West. I reached out to members of his graduating class and this is what they said. The class song listed in his graduation program was “This is it” by Kenny Loggins. At most of the football games they played “We are family” by Sister Sledge. It was the unofficial school favorite. Back in Black and Fly like an Eagle was played by the band at games. If Clovis West won We are the Champions was played. At Tim’s graduation “This is It” was played. Tim, in high school had what I feel is the male equivalent of Farrah Fawcett Hair. It was fluffy and it feathered perfectly. I was so jealous!

I want to share something that one of Tim’s co-workers -

Adan Hernandez wrote: I first met Tim in August of 2006. The laboratory supervisor at the time introduced me to Tim as the in-house PhD chemist. Chemistry is not an easy field to learn, I was amazed and in awe of his accomplishment. When I found out it was in physical chemistry, the most difficult disciplines of all chemistry, I was a little intimidated. When I would approach him, I always rehearsed in my head what I wanted to ask him because I did not want to seem dumb in his eyes and loose his respect. What I quickly learned with a few interactions was that Tim is the most kind and humble person I have ever met. When I would talk to him, I would quickly see the good-hearted person. One would think, with great accomplishments came great ego. But Tim was none of that. With his great accomplishment came great humility and willingness to share his knowledge with others. Tim cared about people. Those first interactions with Tim set the foundation of how I would transition from a college environment to a professional environment. I understood that sharing knowledge and treating people as your equals was the only true noble way to conduct oneself. Tim’s help set the foundation and promoted the idea that knowledge and humility should be valued. This gave way to a laboratory where respect was the norm.

Tim was a shy person. He did not desire the limelight. It was not his style. Tim invested in people. He shared his knowledge and experience just for the joy of doing so. I can talk about how his knowledge helped troubleshoot instruments, also his knowledge was key in setting up some of complicated machines, or the fact that his knowledge was crucial to address quality related customer complaints, but I believe his Tim’s greatest contribution was to helping develop great chemists and helping develop great people.

I have been greatly honored to have known Tim for 13 years. I thank God that he was introduced into my life as a mentor and a friend. Sincerely, Adan R Hernandez.

I could not have written a more precise and absolutely perfect description of Tim if I had tried. Tim was kind and humble. He could have won the Noble Peace Prize and we would have had to read it in the paper. He never bragged about his accomplishments. He had a fantastic sense of humor, a dry sense of humor. Quick to laugh and smile. He would hear something, and I could hear him…. Huh mmmmm. It was like he was mulling it over in his brain. You could almost see the wheels turning in his brain.Tim and Social Media, Facebook in particular, weren’t exactly on speaking terms. Tim joined Facebook Aug 2010. He listed his Religious views as a Baptist, his political views as Democrat ( I recently found out he had converted to Republican but had not updated his status), his page said he had 3 different likes, the first like was Pink Floyd, the second was the band Rushs album 2112 and he liked “The official Grumpy Cat” memes. In the beginning of Sep 2010, I told him to get a pic on there. He put it on Sep 18th. On Sep 26, 2011, I told him for a Geek you are never on Facebook. He replied back and said ” Yeah, I know, I am too geeky and serious for my own good. I’ll see what I can do about posting on here.” A couple of years went by before he would post again! Clara called Tim her Birthday buddy. He told her that Nov 13th was the coolest day to have a birthday. Every other day was second best. Tim was the brother I never had. We learned in kindergarten that Sharing was caring. So I shared Chicken pox with him. I didn’t want to get in trouble for not sharing. I also shared my math homework with him. I shared a blank math page with him and miraculously a page got emailed back with answers on it. Weird how that works. After a few conversations with family over the last week, I have concluded that Tim got Ann through Calculus in High School, Mary and I through math in college. See no family member left behind. Matthew 20:18 says “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them. Tim didn’t have an in your face faith, but I know in my heart without a shadow of a doubt that Tim is in heaven with Granny, pappy and uncle Charles. Matthew 5:4 Blessed are they that mourn; for they shall be comforted.

Frank Sinatra said it best. “I would like to be remembered as a man who had a wonderful time living life, a man who had good friends, a fine family – and I don’t think I could ask for anything more than that, actually.”

Tim, thank you for showing us that living a life of humility, respect for others, unconditional friendship will have ways have a profound impact on those around us.



Tim, we love you and will forever miss you Cuz.