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Garret Zuppiger, 27, was born in Phoenix. He graduated from Greenway High School in Phoenix in 2003.  He graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree from Eller College of Management in 2008.

During his freshman year of high school, he was nominated for People to People Student Ambassador program and traveled to England, Ireland and Wales representing and promoting our country.

As a young boy, Garret was one of the youngest at that time to receive certification and sail Long Beach harbor in a sailboat.

He was extremely proud and excited to be accepted as a member of the Granite Mountain Hotshots for the 2012 season, having no prior experience or background in firefighting.

"When he told me for the first time you could tell in his face it was something he was very proud of," friend Garret Picchioni said.

During his rookie season as a Hotshot, he attended wildfire training school and was awarded the fire boots for being first in his class.

During the off months of fire season, he was a carpenter by trade, which he loved as well.

Garret most valued his family, friends and the outdoors. He loved to run, hike, fish, rock-climb, travel, cook and play his guitar for his friends and family.

Garret was the most generous, giving, kind and hard working person, using his everlasting abundance of energy towards always helping others, regardless of his help having been requested or not.  He was an avid reader and a beautiful writer. He loved vocabulary and would try to stump his "Ome" by choosing a word he thought may accomplish that.

Garret had a sense of humor like no other. He was a free spirit and loved a great adventure. He lived his life by his favorite saying: "Dream as if you will live forever, live as if you will die tomorrow."

When he was wasn't working wildfires and spent his free time traveling and hiking through the west.

He was a huge baseball fan and loved the San Diego Padres.

Zuppiger posted sporadically on a blog that showed him to be an adventurer who enjoyed trying new experiences.

He wrote, "I'd rather be flying, all day long!" He also boasted of building a "Ski-Chair," which was a recliner mounted on skis.

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