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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302


the Inland Register

(From the April 19, 2012 edition of the Inland Register)

Father Thomas R. Garvin SJ

Jesuit Father Thomas R. Garvin passed away the morning of March 24, 2012 at Alderwood Manor, Spokane. He was 85 years old.

A vigil service was held Friday, March 30, at the Jesuit House Chapel, Gonzaga University. The funeral Mass was celebrated there as well, at 11 a.m., March 31. Inurnment followed at the Oregon Province Cemetery, Mt. St. Michaelís, Spokane.

During his career, Father Garvin led people in prayer and worship, taught philosophy and history in the college classroom, and spent countless hours hiking and swimming in the Northwest.

The elder of two children, Thomas Robert Garvin was born on Jan. 4, 1927, to Sylvester and Beulah (Carstens) Garvin of Seattle. He graduated from Seattle Preparatory School in 1944, and enlisted in the U.S. Navy.

After he finished his military duties in 1946, he was accepted into the Jesuit Novitiate at Sheridan, Ore., on Sept. 7, 1946. He pursued the regular course of studies for Jesuit scholastics and was ordained a priest on June 14, 1958, at St. Aloysius Church, Spokane.

Father Garvin spent the next 15 years in higher education, studying and then teaching Philosophy and History at Mt. St. Michaelís Seminary, Gonzaga University, and Seattle University.

The following two decades were dedicated to parish work in the Seattle and Portland Archdioceses until declining health made retirement necessary; he moved to Spokane to live, pray and laugh heartily with his brother Jesuits at the Oregon Province assisted-living center.

Father Garvin is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Dr. Richard and Patricia Smith of Palo Alto, Calif., a niece, many cousins, friends, and his brother Jesuits of the Oregon Province.

Contributions in honor of Father Garvin can be made to the Senior Fund, c/o Oregon Province Society of Jesus, P.O. Box 86010, Portland, OR 97286.

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