Jim Garrett, Jr.

Class of 1977
Businessman, Community Supporter

Jim Garrett was born and raised in Coolidge, Arizona. Jim attended Coolidge schools and graduated from Coolidge High School in 1977, where his mother taught English until 1970. During high school, he played baseball, football, and ran track. He was a member of the Letterman’s Club, yearbook staff and student government. He made many life-long friends throughout his school years.

After high school, he attended Central Arizona College and then transferred to Arizona State University where he graduated in 1981 with a degree in criminal justice. His time at Arizona State University was his only time away from Coolidge. He returned to Coolidge, where two generations of his family before him owned a General Motors car dealership, known throughout the state as simply Garrett's. His grandfather originated the business in the mid 1930’s. Jim began working at the family owned business when he was 14 years old and bought the business in 1998.

Jim is a member of the Coolidge High School baseball boosters, football boosters, scholarship committee and participates in coach selection committees. He is also on the Coolidge Chamber of Commerce board of directors, Coolidge Lions, Sons of the American Legion and Central Arizona College foundation board. Garrett Motors has always been and continues to be a major financial supporter for many programs in and around Coolidge. Jim is very engaged with Coolidge Youth and Coolidge Schools and with his wife Lisa Garrett, Coolidge Unified Governing Board member, believes that involvement is important for and contributes to the success of Coolidge youth.

Jim has two sons, JD and Charlie, both graduates of Coolidge High School.

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