In Memory

Sandra Leigh Garner (Grimm)

Sandra Leigh Garner (Grimm)

Sandra Leigh (Garner) Grimm

November 15, 1943 ~ October 7, 2016


Our dear wife, mother, “Fammie/Sam” returned to her Heavenly Father’s open arms on Friday, October 7, 2016, where she was reunited with her father, Elmer Amos Garner, as he died when she was four months old.  There will forever be an empty space in our hearts.

There is a 10 minute video slide show of Sandy's life on the Lindquist website:

Sandy was born in Ogden, Utah, the only child of Elmer and Della Garner.  Her passion in life was anything pertaining to her family.  If the beat was right, you would find her dancing, which she loved. She graduated from Weber High School in 1962 and was crowned Miss Roy that year.  She then attended Weber State University.

Senior Council (seated, right side of table)

1962 Golden Spike Research Editor


Miss Roy,1962 (center)

She met her sweetheart of almost 54 years, Tom Grimm, at Wahlquist Junior High School.  They had many amazing years traveling together, as Tom enhanced his retail career.  She was Tom’s greatest cheerleader and supporter.


At Weber, Sandy was very active in school activities.  She was a member of the Warriorettes, Research Editor of the Golden Spike, represented Weber at the USU poetry festival, was in the Dance Club, Senior Council and Social committee, a Girls State alternate, Assistant Director of the "January Thaw," participated in the Indian Exchange activity, volunteered in the school office, and was a Seminary Graduate.   

Sandy in the Warriorettes (far right)

Sandy, 2nd from right, front row

Volunteer Office Staff - front row, 2nd from right

Sandy was the first person to show support to those in need.   She listened intently to anyone who needed a shoulder to cry on, and was the most selfless person.  She was there to give a hug or tell you things would be okay.  We will carry those words with us forever.  She was truly a great friend to all that met her.  She made many lifelong friends.  We were so blessed to have the best mom and “Fammie/Sam” ever.

Attending Tom's Wilson Elementary 30th Class Reunion, front row center (appx. 1980)

Samdra's reminiscences in the 40th year Class Reunion book

Always thinking of her friends - collage from Wahlquist Jr. High days made by Sandy

Sandy was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was an amazing Relief Society teacher.  She would study for hours and hours because she wanted to make sure it was just right.  She was also a dedicated early morning seminary teacher while living in Bentonville, Arkansas.   She loved to knit and quilt, making a quilt for each grandchild.  She enjoyed reading, especially James Patterson books.  She was always up for a good time with her family and grandkids. 

She is survived by her husband, Tom Grimm; children Lynell Craner (Adam), Kaysville, Michael (Melissa), Bentonville, AR, Jennifer (Scott,) Kaysville and Matthew (Lyndsey), Farmington; 15 beautiful grandchildren, which were the joy of her life, and she was blessed with one great grandchild, with another on the way.Our family is most appreciative to the Huntsman Cancer Institute, Dr. Wallace Akerley and his team, Orchard Cove and the amazing ladies from Danville Home Health, Seini, Salome, Ofa, VaHoi, Sala, Jenny and Kyesook, and her hospice nurse, Ashley, and the team from South Davis Hospice.  In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations may be made in Sandy’s name to the Huntsman Cancer Foundation, for Lung Cancer research.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, October 15, 2016 at the Mueller Park Ward, 1800 E. Mueller Park Rd. Bountiful, Utah.  Friends may visit family Friday, Oct. 14th from 6-8 pm at Lindquist’s Bountiful Mortuary, 727 N. 400 E. and Sat. Oct. 15th from 9:30-10:30 at the Church prior to services. 

Interment Ben Lomond Cemetery.  Condolences may be left here in the comments sectioin or at

Charitable donations may be made to:

Huntsman Cancer Foundation
500 Huntsman Way, Salt Lake City, Utah 84108, 
Tel: 1-877-585-0303

Thanks to Classmate Dan Gibson and others for making the class aware of her passing and to  Classmate (Maynard) James Keller for coordination of posting the page.

Obituary from:   and  Page posted 10/10/2016; Last page update 10/12/16


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10/23/16 01:09 PM #2    

Tom Grimm

Message from Stacy & Bart Garner

October 9, 2016 6:34 PM

My Aunt Sandy was such a lovely, patient, sweet and kind person. I never heard her say a mean thing about anyone! I will really miss her sweet face and peaceful personality. I have great memories of her when I was a child. I know she is happy now in the Spirit world, enjoying the next step in her eternal life. She is surely rejoicing to be with her Mother and Father and so many loved relatives who have gone before. We love you Grimm Family and pray for you to be comforted!!

10/23/16 01:10 PM #3    

Tom Grimm

Dear Tom,

You and Sandy are among my best memories from high school. Thanks for all you have done to bring about happiness to us all. 

Roger Petersen

10/23/16 01:11 PM #4    

Tom Grimm

Cindy and I send our love. The first time we met Sandy, not that long ago, we could tell she was a special woman. We are so sorry for your loss, way too soon. May God bless you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. 
With Love, Mike and Cindy Thayne

10/23/16 01:12 PM #5    

Tom Grimm

Message from Kathleen Hughes

October 11, 2016 11:57 AM

Tom and family, I was both stunned and saddened to see Sandy's death notice on the Weber High website. What a beautiful girl and now woman she is. My sincere condolences to all of you. The world lost someone special.

10/23/16 01:14 PM #6    

Tom Grimm

Message from Nancy & Bob Whitten, Orlando, FL

October 12, 2016 8:15 AM

Tom and family, we were so very sad to hear about the illness that Sandy had to suffer with and that took this illness took her back home so soon. We are thinking of you and grieving with you. 
Sandy was one of Nancy's favorite friends from our Bentonville days; always up for something fun to do and always a sweet smile. God be with you till we all meet again. Love you.

10/23/16 01:15 PM #7    

Tom Grimm

Our thoughts and prayers are spoken in your behalf at this sad time in your life. We recall with fond memories the sparkle and kindness of a great neighbor. You and your family were shining examples of people who helped make a wonderful neighborhood where the light of the gospel could be felt. you are missed and fondly remembered. Thank you ( and especially Sandy) for those memories. The Blakes

10/23/16 01:16 PM #8    

Tom Grimm

I am so sorry to hear of the death of Sandy. I have many fond memories of Sandy during our school years. She was a very special person.

My prayers and thoughts our with you during this difficult time.


10/23/16 01:17 PM #9    

Tom Grimm

Message from Janis S. Stokes Wuthrich

October 13, 2016 2:11 PM

My heart is so saddened to read of Sandy's passing. I loved the time we spent at Weber High. Through the years I"ve seen her at reunions and at the Salt Lake Temple. She always had a smile and was so warm and cordial. She is an amzing woman who will be missed

10/23/16 01:18 PM #10    

Tom Grimm

You could always count on Sandy to greet you with a warm smile, a motherly embrace, & an understanding that "boys will be boys". She opened her home & heart to all of us... & put up with a lot. We will always remember the light & inspiration she is. All our love, (Logan Ave) KC, Dave, Steve, Trav

11/06/16 09:37 AM #11    

Dan Gibson

I first met Sandy Garner at Wahlquist Junior High School.  Because many classes seemed to be organized by alphabetic order, Gibson  and Garner, we had several classes together.  We were friends, but in about the 9th grade, Sandy and my close friend Tom Grimm began to date and as a result Sandy and I  became closer friends.

Later in high school as Tom and Sandy continued their relationship, I also dated on occasions and with my girl friend, later to be my wife, Carol, we often doubled dated.  We also spent many hours together just having  fun and getting to know each other much better.  Sandy and Carol were confidents and notes were passed between them from Weber to Davis High School by me and Tom acting as confidential curriers .  Of course we tried holding the sealed notes to the light and attempting to steam them open without being detected.

After both of us couples married we remained close friends.  When Tom and Sandy lived out of state, there were phone calls, letters and a few visits.  We were happy when Tom and Sandy moved back to Utah and we had many more opportunities to be together.  Our families grew together and our children all also became friends as we were.

It was a great loss to Carol and I to have a close friend pass away and it was especially difficult to see her suffer as she fought that terrible cancer that had taken over her body.

Carol and I both miss her friendship, her patience, her kindness and her friendly personality.  A true friend that we know we will be able to be with again.

Dan and Carol Gibson

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