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Don "Big Daddy" Garlits

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by misigis, Feb 22, 2012.

  1. gassercrazy41
    Joined: Jan 9, 2011
    Posts: 1,432


    thoughts and prayers are with you don and pat
  2. Larjk9
    Joined: Dec 12, 2008
    Posts: 187


    A genuine inspiration. Thoughts and prayers for The Garlits Family.
  3. Bigdaddyhemi
    Joined: Sep 1, 2010
    Posts: 361


    Thoughts & Prayers have been sent.
  4. Wow! bummer to hear this. Prayers to "Big Daddy" and his wife.
  5. Saxxon
    Joined: Dec 14, 2008
    Posts: 1,824


    Getting down to Ocala and seeing the shrine to drag racing is on my bucket list.
    Prayers for both of you
  6. Sending thoughts and prayers......
  7. Mr Lucky
    Joined: Jun 15, 2010
    Posts: 54

    Mr Lucky

    my thought and prayers are with you and your wife
  8. Ghost of ElMirage
    Joined: Mar 18, 2007
    Posts: 758

    Ghost of ElMirage

    PRAYERS for the both of you Big Daddy get well soon to you and your wife never lose hope!
  9. amx180mph
    Joined: May 11, 2011
    Posts: 156


    I am putting you on our prayer list we will all have you in our prayers. I to have much experience with the doctors and one thing I can tell you for sure is that they are just like a parts guy they don't always get it right no matter how good they are. Hope you and your wife are doing well.
  10. tommy
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 14,757

    Member Emeritus

    I'm not much for responding to this type of thread but I will be praying in my own way for him and his wife. He's been a hero of mine my whole adult life.
  11. Big, you have been my hero since I was 15. I pray the Lord lets me shake your hand someday. The word genius is over used but I think you're a genius and NHRA hasn't been the same since the day you left. I'm praying for you and Pat
  12. Don, remembering you and Pat in our prayers, Jesus knows our every need !
  13. MistShift
    Joined: Oct 27, 2011
    Posts: 136


    Big Daddy, thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
  14. Don's Hot Rods
    Joined: Oct 7, 2005
    Posts: 8,319

    Don's Hot Rods
    from florida

    So very stunned and saddened to read this. :( We are all pulling and praying for you and your wonderful Wife. I know your faith is strong and will help you through this difficult time.

    Please keep us posted on how you both are doing.

  15. You're a mentor to all of us Don Garlits! God bless you and yours!
  16. CGkidd
    Joined: Mar 2, 2002
    Posts: 2,868


    My Prayers go out to both of you.
  17. 3rd Gen Hot Rodder
    Joined: Jan 8, 2009
    Posts: 405

    3rd Gen Hot Rodder
    from Indiana

    Prayers sent for both Don and Pat.
  18. Puddin Head
    Joined: Feb 22, 2008
    Posts: 68

    Puddin Head
    from Mason, Oh

    One of the best around. Prayers to you and Pat.
  19. This part of Canada ( Ontario ) send their best wishes and include you in our prayers !
  20. Roadagent2
    Joined: Apr 15, 2010
    Posts: 243


    Thoughts and prayers to you both in this difficult time...keep the faith!
  21. 6t5frlane
    Joined: Dec 8, 2004
    Posts: 2,382

    from New York

    Big, We only met once at your Museum. I now you would never remember that meeeting but I will for a long time !! Wishing you both the best
  22. 2 hrs ago:
    From Competition Plus Magazine

    Written by Bobby Bennett.

    Don Garlits suffered a mild stroke on Sunday, a spokesperson for the Garlits family confirmed. He is already on the road to recovery and back at work.

    “He’s doing okay and has gotten most of his memory back,” said Francine Head, a Garlits assistant at the Museum. She took him to the hospital on Sunday.

    It is believed the stroke was triggered by stress related to bad news he’d received regarding wife Pat, whose health has been in decline lately.

    Garlits checked her into the hospital on Friday and was told by hospital officials she was unable to leave the hospital on Sunday.

    Head was with Garlits when he suffered the stroke.

    “It was intense,” she said. “We were about to clean up the cabin where [longtime associate] Tommy [TC] Lemons was living and he’d been told the day before that his wife couldn’t come home. Those two stressors did him in. One of the last things I asked Don was if he was talking to anyone about how he felt. I think that was the last thing I said to him before this happened.

    Seconds later Head knew something was wrong.

    “He turned around and looked at me and asked, ‘What are you doing here?’
    Head confirmed that Garlits was transported to the hospital, the same one where wife Pat was a resident, where doctors worked to bring his high blood pressure down to a manageable level. He was released on Monday afternoon.

    The one aspect which has remained largely unpublicized was that Monday was his and Pat’s 59th wedding anniversary. Hospital officials arranged for Garlits to be in her room at midnight.

    Head said Garlits has been overwhelmed by the support and compassion of the racing community to the point of tears.

    “Don is seriously moved by the support of the racing community and his friends,” said Head. “He was brought to tears when everybody in the racing community is there, talking to him trying to support him emotionally and spiritually.”
  23. Our Prayers are with you, I'll bring you and Pat to our prayer group.
  24. BadgeZ28
    Joined: Oct 28, 2009
    Posts: 1,112

    from Oregon

    Terrible news. Big is a hero. I have had the chance to talk with him on two occasions and he is as sharp as can be about when and were he did this and that. Best wishes sent his way.
  25. Rocky Famoso
    Joined: Mar 30, 2008
    Posts: 3,000

    Rocky Famoso

    May the Good Lord be looking over you both Don and Pat.
  26. Nads
    Joined: Mar 5, 2001
    Posts: 11,678

    from Hypocrisy

    All the best to Don and his family.
  27. traffic61
    Joined: Jun 15, 2009
    Posts: 1,514

    from Owasso, OK

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Big.
  28. little t
    Joined: Sep 14, 2010
    Posts: 87

    little t

    my best goes out to don and pat
  29. jesse1980
    Joined: Aug 25, 2010
    Posts: 1,355


    my families prayers to the garlits family. get well soon.
  30. to Don and Pat all our best from Oregon may the lord bless both of you.

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