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Mr. Lee Porter Garrett

Obituary for Mr. Lee Porter Garrett

April 9, 1949 - July 16, 2019
Avon Lake, Ohio | Age 70

Loving Brother and Brother-In-Law, Dear Uncle, and Cherished Friend of Many


Lee Garrett, son of Col.Kenneth Lee Garrett and Mary Hockaday Garrett was born in Okinawa, Japan. He grew up in an Air Force family with many stops informing his life-long artistic view. Lee was an Eagle Scout, varsity soccer letterman at The Ohio State University where he received a Master of Fine Arts degree and evolved into a master artist with a unique worldview.

Lee was active in the national art community. His work was featured with other folk artists in galleries in Chicago, Columbus and New York. He was represented by the Phyllis Kind Gallery, the Lindsay Gallery, and by Rico Maresca Gallery. Lee's work is in the permanent collection of both The Columbus Museum of Art and the New Orleans Museum of Art, as well as many private collections.

Lee was a vigorous advocate for African American folk artists. He supported and promoted local artists including his neighbor William Hawkins (1895-1990), whose work became internationally recognized and is among the most renowned African American folk artists today. Lee also championed the art of Morris Newman of Cleveland Ohio, helping to establish another renowned American self-taught folk artist.

Lee had an extensive and eclectic collection of jazz music, was an avid pool player, and known by friends as the gentleman with the hats who took care to always look sharp.

His sister, Lynn Kranz, brother-in-law Bruce Kranz, niece Neesham Spitzberg (Edward) and great niece Lulu Spitzberg survive him.

A memorial celebration of his life is planned in the future in Columbus Ohio.

Celebration of Life will be scheduled at a later date. Please check back.

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  • In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Lee's name can be made to the Columbus Museum of Art:

Message from the Family

Lee's passion for life, loving kindness, and his artistic world will always be in our hearts.

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