Garwin Grover VANN

December 26, 1939February 18, 2021

Garwin “Bud” Vann, a cowboy, and longtime owner and operator of heavy equipment, passed away unexpectedly on February 18, 2021 in Surprise, Arizona, with his wife by his side.

Bud is survived by his wife, Susan Vann; his children, Eric Vann and Cheri Hicks (Spouse: Trevor Hicks); his sister, Cheryl Pinches; his grandchildren, Sara Vargas and Morgan Taylor; his great grandchildren, Ella and Jackson; and numerous nieces and nephews, and grand nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Grover and Margaret Vann, and his twin brother Darwin Vann.

Bud was born on December 26, 1939 to Grover and Margaret Vann in Willits, California. He graduated from Round Valley High School, Covelo California, in 1957. In 1966, he married the love of his life, Susan. He was a loving father to his two children, Eric and Cheri, who were the most important part of his world.

Bud was a devoted father, and always made his family his top priority. He was a versatile horseman, including riding, roping, cutting, and even some bull riding in his early years. He was a caregiver, with lots of love to share with his family, friends, and animals. He was often described as a kind, gentle soul. In 1990, Bud, Susan, and Cheri relocated to the Big Island of Hawaii. There he conducted geotechnical inspections and enjoying the island life for over 16 years before returning to help care for his mother, until her passing in Red Bluff, California. He spent the last three years of his life relaxing in the Arizona sun. Bud was a man of few words, but when he spoke it was from the heart. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all who knew him. We’ll see you soon, partner.


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Garwin Grover VANN

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Michelle Moran

February 23, 2021

What an amazing man. I love you all. Bud will forever hold a special place in my heart. The summer I raised my 4H pig on his property will always be my favorite. I learned to much from him. He was generous, kind and a GREAT teacher. Xoxo RIP Daddy Vann.

Julie Kamekaneya

February 23, 2021

Met Gram and Grandad when we moved to our new home in Kona in 1993. Gram kept telling me she wanted me to meet her daughter, Cheri, because she knew we would be friends. Once Cheri and I met, that was it. We immediately became family, with our girls living between our house and Gram and Grandad’s. One night, the cars on our street were broken in to, including Grandad’s red truck. A large hunting knife was found in the grass in front of our house. The police were very concerned until we learned that the knife was from Grandad’s truck!!! Gram was not happy. Who would have known that such a gentle soul had such a thing hidden in his truck. We have missed Gram and Grandad as our neighbors but know that the memories will carry on. Thank you for those memories!