David Arthur Garrett and Daisy Elisabeth Kirkham

David Arthur Garrett was born in 1876 in Bountiful, Utah to Henry and Mary Ashdown Garrett as one of 13 children. The family
was very poor and Henry worked a number of jobs to keep his family going. In the summer of 1900 he helped to gather brick
and mortar to build his aging parents a new home. His mother mentioned in her journal that he was a very good boy to her.
He married Daisy Kirkham in 1904 in the Salt Lake Temple. She was born in 1881 in Logan, Utah a daughter of artist Reuben
Kirkham and Echo Squires. Her father had died when she was four and life was a struggle for her family growing up so they
were both used to hardships. They had 8 children. In 1905 after a hard first winter together where they were both ill, they
rented a small farm for $65 for the year. They planted lettuce and radishes and raids chickens with the intention of selling at
market. They struggled being in debt from the brick purchase for his parent’s home, and the next summer was warm and the
crops all died. In addition a horse he purchased on credit to help on the farm cut it’s leg and died before it could be paid for.
His grandfather Brother Briggs gave him a loan to help settle the debts. Daisy was also ill much of the time and needed hired
help with the family so though David was doing well, funds were stretched tight.
They moved to Salt Lake around 1924 where David got a job working on the railroad. They kept the gardens in Bountiful and David worked there right up until
his death. People said that his celery was the best they’d every had. The couple had a beautiful home surrounded by flowers, and many people were recipients of
beautiful bouquets. He also worked as a carpenter for many years. He served as a high priest in his ward and had a great love of the gospel.
David and Daisy were very generous and often gave service to the sick and those in need around them. He was very proud of her and often showed off her
handiwork. They didn’t like doing things or going places without each other.
At his funeral in 1956 his daughter Beth said of him that he made friends easily and he enjoyed being around people. He had a love of life, love of neighbors, love of
god, respect for people and for their teachings and beliefs, and charity for anyone less fortunate than himself. He was a blessing to all who knew him. Daisy passed
away in 1971.

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