Malcolm Garrett

Malcolm Garrett

2-Feb-1947 - 22-Jul-2012

Malcolm Garrett, Jr., 65, passed away from this life on Sunday, July 22, 2012. A service to celebrate his life will take place today, July 25, 2012, at 10 a.m. at Trinity Church, 7002 Canton Avenue. A tribute to Mr. Garrett may be found at, where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for his family.

Most everyone who knew and loved Malcolm knew he loved auto racing. Malcolm began his love of mechanics with the soap box derby. That led to flying and racing remote control planes and then to drag racing by the age of 15. At age 16, he won his first National Championship, in D Stock - and an engine from Ford Motor Company. High performance racing became the passion of his life.
By high school graduation from Lubbock High in 1965, he had become an Eagle Scout, had amassed a growing collection of racing trophies and was on his way to starting an insurance agency, in partnership with his father.
Malcolm became an independent agent, serving one year as President of the Lubbock Independent Insurance Agents. Later in this career, Malcolm transitioned to selling for Allstate Insurance, retiring at age 50 with ill health.

Malcolm was born on February 2, 1947 to Malcolm, Sr. and Bonnie Garrett in Lubbock, Texas. Malcolm married his high school sweetheart, Marilyn Langley, in 1968 and completed his Bachelor's degree in Real Estate and Insurance from Texas Tech in 1969.

Being self-employed enabled his avocation of racing and high performance race engine building. His engines were shipped far and wide, as far as Switzerland, Puerto Rico and Australia, with his engines or cars racing in all modes of racing, including the Baja Road Race in Mexico. Malcolm continued his own racing career, winning numerous divisional and national championships. In 1975, he switched from drag racing to SCCA Road Racing, sponsored by Nissan. He raced until 2005, when his health shortened his career.

Until five years ago, Malcolm traveled widely with his wife, often sponsoring school trips abroad. He was privileged to see much of Europe, some of the Middle East, numerous islands, Australia and the Orient.

While racing, working and traveling, Malcolm and Marilyn were blessed to raise two wonderful children, Matt and Melissa. The family shared racing and sports, music and movies, travel and faith. As a coach and a doctor, they have become the pride and joy of his life. In addition, with the new millennium came grandchildren, Austin and Mason, the precious promise of legacy.

Malcolm also loved singing. He began singing barbershop in High School and was in the LHS choir. In 1985, he became one of the founding members of The Watchmen, a local double quartet gospel singing group. He was able, even from a wheelchair, to continue singing with them until just five days before entering the hospital one month ago. These seven other men were heroic in their efforts to continue to include him and allow him to participate in ministry.

Throughout his adult life, Malcolm grew in his relationship to Jesus Christ, becoming a deacon for Trinity Church in 1995. He loved singing in the choir and special groups, participating in pageants and serving on the finance committee. Homebound in the last couple of years, he became an incredible prayer warrior. His faith was deep and comforting.

He is survived by his loving wife, Marilyn; their son, Matt Garrett and his wife, Courtney and their children, Austin and Mason Garrett; daughter, Dr. Melissa Garrett and her husband, Wesley Richardson and his children, Ashlyn, Austyn, and Cael Richardson; and sister, Sydney Pipkin. Malcolm is also survived by his mother-in-law, Lois Langley; brothers-in-law, Phil Langley and wife, Judy, and Mark Langley and wife, Lauretta; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Malcolm was preceded in death by his parents. Memorial contributions are welcome and his family suggests, Trinity Christian School Foundation, 6801 University Avenue, Lubbock, Texas.

Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal from July 24 to July 25, 2012