Bert Asel Garner

October 17, 1927February 21, 2013

Bert Asel Garner, 85 of Mesa Arizona, passed away peacefully on February 21, 2013. Born October 17, 1925 to True and Gladys Garner in Rupert, Idaho. Bert graduated in 1945 from Emmett High School. He served in the US Army at West Point after WWII as an instructor to cadets. Bert never stopped learning. He received his Bachelors Degree from Portland State and Masters from the University of Oregon. Bert enjoyed working as an elementary school teacher and principal for 43 years in Emmett, Idaho; Milwaukie, Oregon; and Katy, Texas. He served 3 missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The 1st in Southern California. After retirement he and his wife, Carma served in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Rapid City, South Dakota. We will miss his example of devotion, his witty humor, his sweet harmonies and his love of life. Bert was preceded in death by his son Neal and 2 grandchildren: Tresa Mills and Daniel Herbert. He is survived by sisters: Ruth Blau and Gladys Mendenhall; his wife of 60 years, Carma White; Children, Reed (Susan); Karen (Micheal Walker); Layne (Renee); Kenn (Lynette); Vaughn; Blair (Carol); Ellen (Derrick Herbert); and Todd (Ilene); 50 Grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren. Services will be held Saturday, March 2, 2013 at the LDS Chapel at 4640 East Holmes Avenue, Mesa, AZ 85206. The viewing will be 8:30 to 9:30 AM and the service at 10:00 AM.


  • Visitation Saturday, March 2, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 2, 2013

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March 26, 2013

I remember the Garner family from when I lived in the Hannah area. I loved them, and thought they were pretty special.
Kay Van Leuven Jones

Ruth Harris

March 9, 2013

So sorry to hear of Bert's passing. Mr. Garner was one of my favorite teachers. I babysat for Reed, Karen, and Layne and think of you every time I drive past your place on Locust Street.

Tony & Erika Harmon & family

March 6, 2013

Bert touched our lives with generosity and kindness. He'll be remembered fondly.

Dena Baysinger

March 4, 2013

One of the stories I remember hearing about Bert Garner from when he was in high school was that he ran with perfect form...placing each foot exactly where it should be. Photos were taken of his footprints to show other athletes how to run. Fortunately for us, the footprints of his life can also show the rest of us how to love, how to serve, how to live.

Shelli Lamoreaux

March 3, 2013

What a beautiful graduation service! I loved listening to the siblings sing. One of my earliest memories of the Garner family was when you all stood in our family room at the farm and sang Blue Moon - You had just moved to Gilbert - I love your family!! I loved your dad - he made me feel like I was his favorite.
When I think of Bert Garner - his smile is right there in my mind's eye. What a legacy he left behind.
All my love - Continued prayers for comfort.
Until we meet again.
Hugs - Shelli Lamoreaux

Jim Garner

March 2, 2013

Sorry to hear about Uncle Bert. When I think of Uncle Bert, I remember him milking my Mom's cow for half the milk. Her name was jers , and her milk was cream. Thanks Uncle Bert. Love you and Aunt Carma. Jim Garner

March 2, 2013

Bert was a great teacher, example, and second father to me in school. Later, he and Carma were a great help and example to my wife and I. We express our condolences to his marvelous family.--Elder & Sister Benge, Riverside, California Mission

Diane Banner

March 2, 2013

I loved getting to have family home evenings with you and your family while in Emmett! Diane Durfee Banner

March 1, 2013

March 1, 2013