June 18, 1981–Oct. 8, 2023


Garrett Thurston Tysdal, age 42, died unexpectedly from a traumatic fall on Oct. 8, 2023, at the Fawcett Ranch on Beaver Creek, Newcastle, Wyoming. He had been riding his four-wheeler and moving his cows before his fall. He was doing what he truly loved when he died, being outside in God’s country.  


Garrett was born June 18, 1981, in Newcastle to Harold & Dana (Davis) Tysdal. He grew up on the family ranch on the prairie located near Four Corners, Wyoming.


In 2000, Garrett graduated from Newcastle High School. He went on to attend Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington, Wyoming, before returning to the family ranch.


Growing up, Garrett was active in 4-H and FFA. When he finished college, he spent his time taking care of his cows, farming, and finding any excuse to go to a threshing bee or tractor pull. He loved to go out to eat and took any opportunity to do so. Garrett loved country music, snowmobiling, four-wheeling, farming, going to the family cabin, playing pool and camping. He especially loved his dogs. His current dog, Trixie, went with him wherever he went.


Garrett suffered from paranoid schizophrenia for many years. He taught many things to those around him, such as patience and acceptance. He taught us it’s okay to be different, God loves you no matter what, do not be afraid to ask for help, and that there is no such thing as a stranger.  


Garrett is survived by his parents, grandmother Lorraine Davis, sister Kyla (Micah) Popma, nephew Josiah Popma, Aunt Bobbie Jo Tysdal, and Uncle Lauris (Linda) Tysdal, all of Newcastle; and his uncle, Grant Davis of Powell.


He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Lloyd and Inez Tysdal; grandfather, Russell Davis; and uncle, Martin Tysdal.


A celebration of life will be held at 10 a.m. on Oct. 21 at First United Methodist Church in Newcastle. It will also be live-streamed at Weston County Senior Services center. There will be a dinner following the service, at the senior center.


A memorial fund has been established for Weston County Search and Rescue.


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