One donor's story: Garth Engwall

  • Minnetonka, MN
  • Organ , Tissue , Eyes
  • Deceased Donor: 2020

There is so much that could be said about Garth. He was a caring husband and father and grandpa. He participated in every area of our lives. Garth for all his intellect chose to live in a very basic way and could meet you where you were no matter what your situation. Garth also had an unusual mix of skill sets and creative genius to envision options and make them come to life for our family, children and adult programs for church, and community. There are examples: building sets, creating/running sound or music bits, running sound, designing the lighting, playing a character he created like Jonas Grumpy, being a small group leader, helping the youth band, adult drama, choir, and writing holiday programs, skits and dramas. He also wrote his very own musical “Wayward Son” so his legacy will live on in the children and adults he invested in. Churches and Community Activities he was involved in: WEFC/MGEFC and Lyric Arts/Cross Players/Morris Park Players/Renaissance Festival/St Anthony Players/Anoka Children’s Theater.

Garth’s love for the Lord and his family were his most prominent and important characteristics, but he was also knowledgeable in a variety of areas and if not he would do research and become knowledgeable. Garth was an intellectual in that he continually strove to be informed on what the Bible said, and what was happening in the community and country/world news.

Garth was a registered donor and died suddenly from a carotid artery aneurysm on 3/6/20 and was kept alive by the valiant efforts of the Urgent Care Clinic in Champlin, MN and then stabilized at Mercy hospital and transferred to HCMC and was treated with utmost respect as well as all of his family who attended to him. The donor walk was especially touching to our whole family and the nurse assigned to our family was amazing. We feel blessed to have been part of this donor process and praise God that through our tragedy others have life and sight.

Garth Engwall