Dakota Garrett, Navajo name Haashk'e Iini Yedilwo'ii (Warrior
Who Runs With Lightning), was born Nov. 1, 1981 in Orem,
Utah, and died July 24, 2010, in Alpine, Utah.
Aaron grew up in American Fork and Alpine, graduated from
Lone Peak High School in 2000, where he excelled academically
and in sports, particularly baseball and football. As a
youngster he played on the Alpine Little League All-Star
team, which went on to win in the WBBA Little League World
Series. From his freshman through senior years, Aaron played
short stop and second base for the Lone Peak High baseball
team, highlighted by a successful run to the state championship
in 2000. He was named Most Valuable Player of the state
All-Star baseball team. A natural and gifted athlete, Aaron
also played high-school football with talent enough to win
a football scholarship to Virginia University. Unfortunately,
that plan was thwarted when Aaron, always playful and daring,
injured his back while cliff-jumping at Lake Powell two
From 2001-2003, Aaron served honorably in the Ghana Accra
Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
He developed a deep love and compassion for the African
people, learning to speak in the Ghanaian dialect Twi ("chwee").
It was always his dream to return there one day. When it
came time to return home, Aaron tried to discreetly bring
his pet monkey back with him, but of course, was soon found
out. For a time, Aaron's wanderlust took him to the U.S.
Virgin Islands, where he was a jet-ski and diving tour guide,
a worker on the docks and even a roofer.
He loved to read -- favorite books were The Lord of the
Rings and Harry Potter series. And, although he didn't want
to admit it, he also was hooked on the Twilight series and
OC. Other interests included writing poetry, playing, listening
to and writing music (he played both piano and guitar),
art, and photography. He also could swing a mean golf club.
To Aaron, family was everything, and he loved them truly
and unconditionally. But his most prized possession was
his rambunctious little 4-year-old son, Jaden. They often
went camping together, rode horses, played in the park,
sat around a campfire, roughhoused, goofed around and laughed
until they had to catch their breaths. They were two of
Aaron took great pride in his Native American culture
and heritage. His Navajo clan was Ta'baaha (Edgewater) and
his maternal grandfather's clan was Lo'K'aah Dine (Reed
People). He was passionate about learning the culture's
stories, skills, ceremonies and arts, and incorporating
them into his life. He learned to make knives, jewelry and
leather crafts. A favorite pastime was to build a fire outside
and listen to stories of the Navajo people. He also was
an accomplished Native American dancer and performed locally
and internationally with his mother, uncle and siblings.
He participated in sweat lodges and sang Sundance songs
with his brothers and uncles. Aaron's Navajo name comes
from an old legend about a warrior who had trapped his enemy
in a pool of water. Three times the warrior ran around the
pool and dodged the enemy's weapon. On the fourth run, the
warrior struck down the enemy with his lightning arrow.
This tale is symbolized in the man's bowguard, which he
wears on his left wrist. Besides his son, Jaden Winter,
Aaron is survived by his parents, Ray N. and Milli Cody
Garrett of Alpine, brothers Jathan Cody (Marianne) Garrett
of Anchorage, Alaska, and Kotah Ray Garrett of Alpine, sisters
Meagan Garrett (Ty) Welch and Tessie Marie Garrett, both
of Alpine, paternal grandparents Ralph and Alta Garrett,
maternal grandmother Marie Cody and many aunts, uncles and
In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Bank of American
Fork in the name of Aaron Garrett, for a special fund on
behalf of his son, Jaden.
Funeral services for Aaron will be held Monday, August
2, 2010 at 11:00 am in the Alpine North LDS Stake Center
Chapel, 1125 North Alpine Blvd., Alpine, Utah. Friends may
attend a viewing at the church on Sunday evening from 6:00
– 8:00 pm and Monday morning from 9:30 – 10:45
am prior to services. Interment, Alpine City Cemetery.