Grant Keith Garner
  • 60 years old
  • Date of birth: Mar 2, 1954
  • Place of birth:
    Caldwell, Idaho, United States
  • Date of passing: Feb 17, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    Albany, Oregon, United States
A cherished friend and colleague. We will remember you always.
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Grant Garner, 60, born on March 2, 1954 and passed away on February 17, 2015. We will remember him forever.
Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Lynne Wright on 20th March 2015

"I worked with Grant for many years as his admin support. What I remember most about him was how easy going he was, and that great smile of his! He seemed to possess a bottomless well of patience for all of the people who came to him for help, and believe me that was many, many people. We used to ride the bus together, and whenever Grant got out first he would always hold the door for me - a true gentlemen to the core. Sometimes it's the little things, you know? I really miss Grant and his gentle ways, and trust that he is enjoying his heavenly reward."

This tribute was added by Ed Pisano on 6th March 2015

"I have many fond memories of working with Grant.  He was one of the most pleasant and most brilliant people I’ve had the pleasure of working with in my career.   His memory recall always amazed me.  And despite his amazing memory and amazing command of a variety of computer and software engineering disciplines, he never talked down to me nor got short with me.  No matter how many times I asked the same dumb questions.  I especially remember that infectious laugh of his.  To this day I still chuckle when I think of Grant laughing loudly in the office the day he, Steve Dixon and Bill McConnell ran my embedded software demo program for Rover3 in which I had embedded Bill McConnell’s phone number to call for support on the simulated error condition I put into the demo.   This memory brings a smile to me as I write this.  My sincere sympathy and prayers go out to Grant’s family.  Grant will be greatly missed."

This tribute was added by William Sr. on 5th March 2015

"I first met Grant while working on the IBlaster line in the 1998 timeframe, while he was working for David Land.  Grant was the ultimate repository of information about the innermost working of pen technology, and was always available to share his expertise and go the extra mile to help with issues that arose. He was a Giant of a man and person!  He always took personal ownership of things, and was very apologetic if something in the Firing Systems needed to be corrected.  I am privileged to have been able to know Grant and to be guided by his patient wisdom on diverse subjects!  He will be sorely missed by the World!"

This tribute was added by Puneet Dhir on 5th March 2015

"Grant was gem of a person. I got to learn from all of my interactions with him. When he visited India last time, it was "Ganesha Chaturthi", an Indian festival time. He was so curious to learn about that.
I remember, people used to do their home-work very well before they speak to Grant on a technical topic, so that they would gain most from their interactions with Grant. I can only say that, we have lost a great human being from earth."

This tribute was added by Cara Garner on 2nd March 2015

"It's been fun reading all the tributes to my dad. Though I've had a hard time dealing with his death it is comforting to know how cared for and loved he was. I know that he loved his work and those he worked with."

This tribute was added by Bryce Garner on 2nd March 2015

"All of the tributes are wonderful and so true of Grant. I'm his brother, Bryce, and  it is great to know he was so loved and appreciated by his coworkers. We knew him as family and it was impossible to fully "get" what he did at work even though he tried to explain it many times...  And he would pull that handshake trick on us as well! I miss him. Today is his birthday, and I want to honor him as he deserved. Thank you to all of you. Please know, he always expressed his love for his work and his coworkers."

This tribute was added by Bill McConnell on 28th February 2015

"Two days ago, a comedian on the radio made an insightful and clever pun. “Remember this,” I thought. “It’s perfect for Grant!” He liked puns and harmless jokery. After I left HP, he was quick with a smile and a handshake. However, he would clench my hand and use his strength and bulk to yank me towards him. I always stumbled, my nose planting near his chest. I looked like a bumbler, while he wore his happy, “I got you” face.

Grant made his amazing technical capabilities evident on his first interview in Corvallis. I gave him the same engineering questions as nearly twenty before him. The questions were tiered in difficulty so only half the applicants could answer half, or more, of the questions. No one had ever got all of them correct. Grant breezed through them and added explanations such as problems interfacing with other circuits, frequency effects, etc. I sat in shock, only to later find that his real strengths and passion were software and embedded design.

Although I lobbied him to take our opening, he accepted another, only to be “out on the street” again when his group disbanded. With a promise that he will work, and stay, in our group’s design and development, he accepted our offer.

As so many others, I appreciated Grant’s kind and patient manners, as well as that 12 cylinder engineering engine he had tucked away.

I hope to see him again and be ready for that darn handshake trick."

This tribute was added by Siddhartha Ghosh on 27th February 2015

"Grant had the best engineering brain I have ever come across. It was simply amazing to see how he remembered and explained in detail about the stuffs he worked on years ago. I feel myself very fortunate and privileged to have got the opportunity of working with him and learning from him. During his visit to Bangalore in 2012, we went on a day trip to Mysore. Sweet memories of that trip will always remain with me. It is impossible to find a person like Grant, who was so knowledgeable, yet humble and friendly. He will be greatly missed."

This tribute was added by Dale Magnuson on 27th February 2015

"One of lifes biggest blessings is to have had the privilege to work and be friends with Grant.
Grant was the master designer, his technical prowess unrivaled. He somehow knew the solution before others even recognized a problem.
Grant was eternally patient, unbelievably humble, always courteous, gracious and thoughtful, and had a great sense of humor.
Grant's contribution's to firing systems are too numerous and valuable to enumerate.
A perfect combination of characteristics for a truly extraordinary man.
Grant will be greatly missed."

This tribute was added by Bill Saltzstein on 27th February 2015

"Never have I met a person with the combination of intellect, grace, patience, humor and gentleness that Grant possessed.  He was a mentor to me and set the example of how to work with huge complexity.  The world has lost a wonderful soul."

This tribute was added by Kavyashree JS on 27th February 2015

"I work in HP India. Since the day I joined HP I heard stories of Grant- both his technical abilities and what a good person he was. I meat him two years later when he visited India. I then found out that everything I heard was true and that he was an even better person than what I had heard.
Even though I was a fresh college hire, Grant was very patient and has always had time for me. I have learnt so much from him and will always remember him."

This tribute was added by Ambrose Rajendram on 27th February 2015

"Grant has been a friend and mentor to me over the past many years. He was always willing to share of his encyclopedic knowledge of pretty much anything under the sun. More than anything, I was impressed with his humility in spite of his vast knowledge. And of course, we all enjoyed the quick humor.
He visited India last year and I am glad for the opportunity that we had to get to know each other a little better. He was one of the smartest people I have ever known, and he will surely be missed."

This tribute was added by Stephen Cooper on 26th February 2015

"I worked with Grant in McMinnville. My best work memory of Grant was when he was working on the battery charger for the Xpress defibrillator. He was writing code of course and the processor he was using did not have enough memory for his code. Everyone was in a stir and there was lots of hand wringing going on. Grant said that he would take another look. The next day he had reduced the code size, maintained the necessary functionality and had like six bits to spare. My best life memory of Grant was at church. We were assigned to help wards keep the financial data on their computers up to date and secure. We got a call for help from Dayton. When we checked their computer Grant said, 'the data is gone and their backup corrupted, we are hosed'. Grant suggested a prayer might help.  Somehow Grant was able to recover the data on his next attempt. I'll always remember his powerful faith and that when Grant needed something beyond his natural abilities he had a direct line to heaven."

This tribute was added by Andy Nousen on 24th February 2015

"Grant was always friendly, patient, humble, helpful, and appreciative with me, even when I was asking naïve questions about his wealth of past experience and knowledge. Thank you, Grant. I'm sorry we will be without your physical presence, but we'll still feel your personality for the rest of their lives."

This tribute was added by Jack Lavier on 24th February 2015

"In life you meet special people.  Grant was one of them.  He loved to play at work.  He will be missed."

This tribute was added by Linda Amedo on 23rd February 2015

"I only knew Grant a short while but during that time I came to know how well respected and appreciated he was by all who knew and worked with him. He was a giant of a man with a shy smile, kindness of heart and such a gentle spirit. I shall miss seeing him in the halls and up front in the various meetings I was in with him."

This tribute was added by Nirdesh Saini on 23rd February 2015

"I had the opportunity to work and interact with Grant for a while. I was touched by his brilliance and more from his humility. He was an inspiration for me and all of us here in Bangalore team. It's a great loss of a talent and a fine human being.You will be missed Grant!
-Nirdesh, HP-Bangalore"

This tribute was added by Kalwant Singh on 23rd February 2015

"I worked with Grant in the mid-80s in Corvallis designing CMOS analog circuits for integrated circuits used in HP calculators. Grant was always ready to provide guidance to newly hired engineers like myself. I am shocked to learn of his passing. He will be deeply missed."

This tribute was added by Mathew Jacob on 22nd February 2015

"Grant has been a very friendly, open and down-to-earth person. His willingness to share the deep knowledge and expertise was a true reflection of his character. The team will really miss you Grant !.You have been a great mentor."

This tribute was added by Wim Velsink on 22nd February 2015

"I was the clinical nurse specialist at HP McMinnville. Grant and I worked together on the defibrillator  team. I remember his great laugh. He had a wonderful sense of humor and he was always patient in his explanations to my questions. I am so very sorry to hear of his passing and such a tragic accident. My deepest sympathy."

This tribute was added by James Galvan on 20th February 2015

"When I was first assimilated into the group that Grant was a member of, Bill McConnell took me around.  When he got to Grant's desk, he said "Grant is our R&D Department."  Over the next 5 years, I learned how true that was.  But I also learned that Grant was never too busy to answer a question, help with any problem, or just bestow kindness.  He was "mentor to the world" as far as I knew.  He was truly one of the good guys.  I am saddened that he will not be able to continue being a Grandpa, which I'm sure he would have been very good at.  I am still stunned by the fate he has been dealt.  I will miss him greatly, but I will have many memories."

This tribute was added by Judd Rook on 20th February 2015

"Gentle. Generous. Sincere. Kind. Humble. Humorous. Intelligent. Friendly... A man who could be measured by his virtues, which were many."

This tribute was added by Peter Klammer on 20th February 2015

"I have had the great pleasure of working with Grant for close to 25 years, first in McMinnville and then Corvallis. Grant taught me so much over the years and I always enjoyed stopping by his desk to reap his deep knowledge  in a given subject.  As I approached, he typically looked up and said "What can I do ya fer?"  in his typical friendly manner and he would drop everything to answer my questions.   Grant certainly had a vast and deep knowledge in many technical arenas, yet his friendly manner and genuine caring heart were truly boundless.

Grant, you will be truly missed and always remembered."

This tribute was added by Carl Benvenga on 20th February 2015

"I worked with Grant on defibrillator products at HP McMinnville and on inkjet manufacturing test at HP Corvallis.  He was a talented engineer, a kind and gentle soul, and an exceptional human being.  I will always remember him fondly."

This tribute was added by Nicholas Stevens on 20th February 2015

"It has been an honor and a privilege to work with Grant at HP. Every time I needed his assistance, he was more than willing to help. His deep knowledge in many technical areas made me certain he would have the solution. Where do you go when the go to guy is no longer around? He will be missed for his engineering skills, but most of all I will miss his smile. A smile that could brighten any day. Thank you Grant for being a part of my life."

This tribute was added by Shawn Gibson on 20th February 2015

"I first met Grant a little over 15 years ago.  He was one of the interviewers for my first engineering job.  Grant was a giant of a man, and at that time he had a giant of a beard.  He made a lasting impression on me that day in how comfortable he made me feel.  He could sense I was nervous, and I feel he went out of his way to calm me and guide me through the process...a giant yes, but a gentle giant at that.  Grant without a doubt your technical prowess will be missed, but even more so your kindness."

This tribute was added by Tom Saksa on 20th February 2015

"Thank you Grant for the friendship, advice, and humor you shared over so many years working at HP.  No one will ever be able to take your place in more ways that I can express.  And everyone  who has known you for any length of time will not quickly forget the kind and gentle soul that they depended on for so much."

This tribute was added by Tom Dragnes on 20th February 2015

"I was sincerely saddened to hear about the loss of our friend and coworker Grant.  It has been such a pleasure working with someone so extremely intelligent and yet humble person as Grant.  My deepest condolences to his family.  Please know how much Grant meant to all of us here at HP.  His technical contributions will be with us forever, and his spirit will live on through all of us.  Grant, we will miss you!
-Tom Dragnes, HP-San Diego"

This tribute was added by shane stueve on 20th February 2015

"I will greatly miss the status updates coming from the Firing Systems team of... "Grant is working on it"."

This tribute was added by Ed Dozier on 20th February 2015

"I worked with Grant for 19 years.  He's the smartest person I ever met (move over Stephen Hawking). I never knew anyone more willing to share his time and knowledge.  Grant will be sorely missed and I will never forget him."

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