Paul J. Garchar, born December 13, 1914, in Smizany, Czechoslovakia, died September 1, 2007, at his daughter’s home in Phoenix. He is survived by a large and loving family, including a brother and sister, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews and has now joined his beloved wife Connie. Paul came to the United States in 1921 with his mother, Anna, and they joined his adoptive father, Mike, in Colorado; the land they farmed in Dove Creek is still worked by the Garchar family. He served his country as an artillery officer in WWII, and continued to serve his country long after the war as an educator of officers in warfare tactics. He worked for his community as a teacher in both the Dove Creek and Phoenix school systems until 1977; he instilled in his family and students the importance of education. In addition to teaching the value of thoughtful reflection, Paul was also a constant model of love, gentleness and respect. He was an active member of his Church, where he contributed to and bettered the lives of many. Paul was witty, Kind, generous and always had a twinkle in his eye. He is loved and greatly missed. Visitation, Rosary and Mass will be held at 9:00am, Friday, September 7th, at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 1954 N. 24th Street, Phoenix. Interment will follow at 11:30am at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested in Paul’s name to St. Agnes Catholic Church.
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