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Born June 25, 1958, in Ventura CA, Barry left us too soon on June 8, 2007. Barry grew up in Sacramento and attended Orange Grove Elementary, Churchill Middle and La Sierra High schools. He also attended American River College and later earned a B.S. from Humboldt State University and a M.S. from Virginia Tech in Wildlife Biology. For the past 12 years, Barry has resided in Davis, CA.
Barry is survived by and deeply loved by his broken-hearted family: wife of 24 years, Catherine (Cathie) Vouchilas and precious children, Nicole (15 yrs) and Christopher (11 yrs); loving parents, Lowell and Colette Garrison; best friend and brother Mark; and sisters Nicole Eastly and Jennifer Harrison as well as numerous beloved nieces and nephews, in-laws, friends and colleagues.
Barry was first and foremost a doting husband and father that was very engaged in his childrens lives, participating in various youth sports and cub scouts. He shared his love of wildlife with his wife and children and enjoyed exploring the great outdoors together.
Barry enjoyed a distinguished career as a respected Wildlife Biologist working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, and for the last 18 years, the California Department of Fish and Game, assessing and protecting fish and wildlife resources throughout the state. He has been an active member and leader of The Western Section of the Wildlife Society.
Family and friends are invited to a memorial service on Saturday June 16, 2007, 11:00 a.m., at St. James Catholic Church, 1275 B Street, Davis, CA.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be made to his childrens college fund. Checks can be made payable to Charles Schwab, in care of Penni Burgess, P.O. Box 181, Alamo, CA, 94507.
How time has slowed since he left this world almost a year ago. My memories of him are vivid and many. Most fresh is our pheasant hunting trip in March 2006. He bought Chris and me breakfast while waiting for the fog to lift. A memorable day it was as we bagged eight birds. In 2006 we were blessed to be at his Davis home for Thanksgiving Dinner with the family. Ever the gracious host, Barry made sure everyone had plenty of food, wine and conversation. Family meant everything to him, and his family misses him dearly. I will miss our conversations on family, politics, sports, humor, dogs, hunting, sharing the Bear'y hugs he so eagerly gave and will forever cherish being his brother. A wonderful family man and respected professional he leaves a legacy of love of family, many friends, all mankind, our planet and all its abundant life. He gave to his family - and most everything he did - complete love and commitment which will remain through the passage of time. I miss you Bro.
Mark and Kathie Garrison Jun 6 2008 12:00 AM
Dear Garrison Family, Whenever i saw Barry, even years after he was no longer my daughter Mia's coach, he would always ask how she was doing and what she was up to, in the most warm-hearted way. i never forgot that. In the jewish language, mensch means someone who is a very decent person. Barry was a mensch. Please cherish the memories.
joel deckler Jun 30 2007 12:00 AM
Words cannot express how much we miss Barry...it is only now beginning to sink in. Elliott wants Chris to know that he is thinking about him a lot lately. Mike and I are here to help in any way we can even if that means just sending little bits of extra love into your home. Barry was a special Dad and husband first. His generosity of time, love and gifts was always amazing to me. He never missed sending a birthday card or gift. On his birthday next week, we will send our cards to Heaven and hopefull we'll find a good joke he can laugh at. All our love: Jennifer, Mike, Elliott and Beth
Jennifer Harrison Jun 22 2007 12:00 AM
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Barry helped whenever needed during baseball season when I was coaching Christopher and Ricky's (my son)teams. From my brief experience with Barry, I think he was a wonderful, caring individual who will be missed.Our thoughts are with you all.
Diana Hoffmann Jun 19 2007 12:00 AM
Dear Cathie, Nicole and Christopher, We were extremely saddened by the sudden loss of a great man ! It was a tremendous loss to your family and whole community. He was so good that God needed him up there in heaven too. As we have saying in our society when someone is very good he wants him in heaven soon. Our hearts goes out to you. May God give you and your family the strength to bear this pain. I feel lucky to know him for this past 6 months. Please be strong and take care.
Prakash Poudyal Jun 19 2007 12:00 AM
It is with great sadness that we received the news of Barryaas passing. Cathie, Nicole, and Christopher, we can only offer words as comfort to you in this time of loss. Our heartfelt sympathy is extended to the entire Garrison Family. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Tim and Sandy Sagraves I recall with great fondness my friendship with Barry during those early days at American River College and later Humboldt State. He was one of those treasured people we all need as we ease from goofy high-schoolaaer into serious collegian. His easy manner, humor, and charm, belied an inner drive to excel and academic maturity beyond his years. Barry was a disciplined student, who's infectious enthusiasm made those of us around him better. Barry carried his idealism proudly, long after most of us had become jaded, and it was this steadfast dedication and concern for all things natural that his peers admire. My memories of Barry from those years will remain vibrant and alive with his warmth. I was privileged to count him as a friend.
Tim Sagraves Jun 17 2007 12:00 AM
Cathie, Nicole and Christopher, What a beautiful service it was today to honor the wonderful man your husband and father was. We will always remember how Barry brightened many of our days with his easy smile and friendly, "Hi guys!" He had a natural love for people and a joy of life that was unique and special. He touched so many people with his big heart and his boundless and inspiring spirit. He will be terribly missed but always remembered. Gail Wong and Kerry McMahon
Gail Wong&Kerry McMahon Jun 17 2007 12:00 AM
Dear Colette and family: You are in our thoughts and we send you our sympathies and strong support. We wish that we had had more opportunities to know Barry. Your loss is so great because he was such a joyful and involved person. Much love, Ruth and Lew
Ruth and Lew Goldhammer Jun 16 2007 12:00 AM
WE are so saddened to hear of Barry's death. I will always remember sharing late night duty with him on the Balcloutha during the 6th grade 'ship trip', chatting over really bad coffee. Please let us know if there is anything we can do personally or in the 'doctor' realm. Our prayers are with you. Pam Petersen
Pam, Mick, Matt and Drew Petersen Jun 16 2007 12:00 AM
Cathie, Nicole and Christopher, I consider myself truly blessed to count Barry as my friend. He had a tremendous effect on conservation of oak woodland habitats. Some of the best times of my professional career were driving to meetings or field trips or conferences with Barry. The talks were always philosophical, passionate, and looked at the big picture. He loved you all very much and talked about you a lot. He believed in the importance of management to accomplish sustainability. Things don't just happen but take thought, knowledge and effort. I will miss your husband and your dad very much. Thanks for sharing him with all of us. California natural communities are better because of him.
Rick Standiford Jun 15 2007 12:00 AM