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Garth Ryan Sangree December 6, 1992 – January 24, 2015

Garth Ryan Sangree
Garth Ryan Sangree

Garth Ryan Sangree, 22, was born in Boca Raton Florida on December 6,1992. He died on January 24, 2015 while on a solo ocean kayak adventure departing from Jacksonville Beach FL. Cause of death was accidental drowning.

Garth was the first of four children born to the Sangree family after relocating to Boca Raton, FL from Ventura, CA 22 years ago: Mark (from Whittier, CA) and Lisa (maiden name Faulkner – originally from Sebastopol, CA) and siblings Kara (20) a sophomore at Liberty University, Tess (18) a senior at Boca Raton Christian High School and Haden (14) in 8th grade at Boca Raton Christian School. Garth was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, William & Marilyn Faulkner of Sebastopol, CA.  Garth’s paternal grandparents, G. Loren & Sally Sangree reside in Huntington Beach, CA and Al & Carolyn Quijada in Carlsbad, CA.

Garth’s first and foremost love was his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ whom he loved and served with his heart, soul and mind. His commitment to God was expressed in his worship; both personal and as part of worship bands on campus and at Chets Creek Church in Jacksonville. Garth’s life was a short life well lived!  A celebration service can be viewed at

Garth enjoyed many activities during his childhood including drumming, running, soccer, archery, hiking, boating, paintball and hunting.  During his college years he continued these passions and additionally ran extreme races, hiked the Appalachian Trail and enjoyed kayaking. Garth was a very special son with an extremely bright countenance that lit up a room and was genuine friend to many. He was kind, fun-loving, tenderhearted, trustworthy and adventurous.

Garth attended Boca Raton Christian School from K-10th and 11th through graduation at Boca Raton Community High School. He was currently a forth year student at University of North Florida pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering and was employed by Drone Aviation Corp in Jacksonville, FL.

Garth loved people and loved serving others on mission trips. As such, in leu of flowers a memorial fund has been established at Boca Raton Christian School, 470 NW 4th Ave, Boca Raton, FL 33432 to assist other students with the cost associated with future trips.