|Birth|| September 21, 1922 38 23|
|Death of a paternal grandfather|| 1944 (Age 21)|
paternal grandfather - Horace Garst
|MHN in relation to Theobald Gerst b. 1702:|
119B2322000 (Age 77)
|Our Garst Family in America Number:|
[3919c]2000 (Age 77)
|Death|| July 21, 2016 (Age 93)|
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Birth November 16, 1883 34 30 -
Birth July 24, 1899 -
Warren Edward Garst
Birth September 21, 1922 38 23 - Douglas, WY
Death July 21, 2016 (Age 93) -
|Note|| Cinematographer for Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom|
Warren't photo collection is housed on the University of Colorado website.
Internet Movie Database
1963 Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom (TV Series documentary)
1957 Perri (as Warren E. Garst, photographed by)
1954 The Vanishing Prairie (Documentary) (photographed by)
2008 Exploring the Wild Kingdom (Documentary)
Warren and Genevieve Garst
Biography by Rachael Tracey and Bridget Breitbach
In 1956, the lives of Warren and Genevieve (Genny) Garst were forever changed when Warren began filming "stock footage" of wildlife. After viewing Warren's footage, NBC producer Don Meier hired Warren for NBC's televised series Zoo Parade. A signed contract for the show was held between NBC and featuring star Marlin Perkins, then director of Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. Warren acted as a photographer for the show and would soon receive his own contract. While they were filming in Columbia, NBC cancelled all Zoo Parade contracts. Don Meier decided to buy the Marlin Perkins contract, which later became known as Wild Kingdom. The new television series was first televised in 1962 and was sponsored by the insurance agency Mutual of Omaha. In 1963, the Garsts set off for a part-time assignment in Africa. What they thought was going to be six months of filming turned into twenty-five years of a worldwide expedition filming wildlife.
Warren Garst was born on September 21, 1922 in Douglas, Wyoming, where he spent most of his childhood. He attended Cal Tech and later transferred to the University of Colorado at Boulder to study mechanical engineering. His college career was interrupted temporarily when he enlisted in the United States Navy. After four years of service, Warren returned to the University of Colorado and completed his degree in mechanical engineering. Upon graduating, he punched new wells for Stanolind Oil in Colorado and Wyoming. Subsequently, working at oilrigs lost its challenge and Warren returned home to Douglas to free-lance write with his mother, Doris "Shannon" Garst. After working all summer on his writing, he traveled to Jackson Hole, Wyoming to the Wildlife Research Station in search for possible job opportunities photographing animals. There he met the director of one of Disney's wildlife episodes. This soon led to two years of filming "Vanishing Prairie," part of Disney's True-Life Adventure series. For another two years, he worked on "Perri," a Disney fantasy about the life of squirrels. About that time, Warren met a woman named Genny Sherwin.
Genny Sherwin was born on September 6, 1922 in Padroni, Colorado just north of Sterling. She was the youngest of seven children living on a large cattle ranch, where she spent her childhood. Genny Garst and African menShe attended and graduated from the University of Wisconsin with degrees in mathematics and engineering. During her senior year, she received a fellowship in aero engineering from Pratt Whitney Aircraft, working as a flight test engineer. After that, she held various positions including teaching statistics, mathematics, and others. A job at North American Aviation was of great influence because she was able to learn computer programming, which proved to be useful in the years to come. In 1955, Genny moved to Douglas, Wyoming to be with her brother, whose wife was diagnosed and declining from cancer. From there, she went to work at Martin Marietta in Denver as a computer programmer (now called systems analyst). In 1958, she and Warren were married.
After their honeymoon, the couple moved to Fort Collins, Colorado because Genny was offered a job at Colorado State University (CSU) teaching computer science. While filming wildlife and editing the first program for Wild Kingdom, Warren also worked on his masters in zoology at CSU. By the time he graduated, he had become a full-time wildlife photographer for Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom. In 1963, Genny left her job at CSU to accompany Warren on a worldwide adventure filming wildlife. These worldwide travels yielded a collection of more than 19,500 slides, which were donated to CSU for an interactive Web site. This Web site allows users to access images and information about a large variety of animals, many of which are endangered or threatened.
After a long and interesting life Warren Edward Garst passed away on July 12, 2016, three years and three days after the death of his beloved wife, Genny.
Warren was born on September 21, 1922 in Douglas, Wyoming, to Joseph Garst and Doris Jensen Garst. He spent most of his childhood in Douglas, then attended Cal Tech and later transferred to the University of Colorado at Boulder to study mechanical engineering. His college career was interrupted temporarily when he enlisted in the United States Navy and served aboard destroyers in the latter part of WWII. After finishing his degree in mechanical engineering at C.U., he was hired by Stanolind Oil Company to work in the oil fields near Rangely, Colorado. As he stated in his tongue-in-cheek obituary written a number of years ago (he was a master at tongue-in-cheek humor!), “A few years in the oil patches convinced him he would rather be a writer.” His mother, whose pen name was Shannon Garst, was the author of many children’s books, mostly about the west. Warren worked with his mother on a couple of books, wrote a couple on his own. He decided he would rather write about wildlife, hunting and fishing, so took up photography so he could take pictures that would help sell his articles. He went to Jackson, Wyoming to meet some people who were successful in wildlife photography. This was a time when cameras were large and clunky, and there was not a large market for animal pictures. He ended up with a job at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Research Station, where the director, Jim Simon, was also engaged in wildlife cinema photography for Walt Disney. Jim became his mentor and within a few months had him working as a free-lance photographer on “Vanishing Prairie”, part of the Disney True Life Adventure series, then “Perri”, a Disney movie about the life of squirrels.
He enjoyed his time as a free-lance cinema photographer, but it was not steady work. He developed a few contracts for short educational films on animals, and was hired to do wildlife films in Jackson Hole and later in the Amazon jungle for the precursor to The Wild Kingdom, the TV series, Zoo Parade. While he was living at home in Douglas between photography jobs, he met a young lady who had hired his father as her lawyer for her divorce, Genny Sherwin. Genny was living in Douglas, helping out her brother with his family of four children after his wife became ill. Warren and Genny were married on May 3, 1958. They honeymooned (with a porcupine named Spinecone) in Yellowstone Park where he worked on an educational show about bears. Genny could only spend about two weeks in Yellowstone, but Warren was there all summer. Again, from the facetious obituary Warren wrote, “When he finally came home he found she was no longer employed as a highly-paid computer programmer on the Titan Missile project, but was now a teacher of mathematics and computer programming at Colorado State University.”
As the spouse of a C.S.U. faculty member, he could take courses at a reduced rate, so, with no photography job immediately available, he took courses in zoology, and eventually received his M.S. While he was gearing up for his Ph.D., he got a call from Don Meier, who had been the director of the Zoo Parade TV series. Don had a new series called Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom and he needed a photographer. He persuaded Warren to take the job, which, with luck, they thought might last three years. Warren and Genny spent the next 25 years traveling all over the world to develop and film the shows. The program was successful and could be said to have had more influence than any other single entity in opening up the environmental movement. Not only was this type of TV production pioneering, the research filmed in the field was cutting-edge scientific work. One of the greatest pleasures for both Warren and Genny was to work with these field scientists. They traveled to more than 100 countries and filmed in about a third of them. When the show went off the air in 1987, they retired and moved from Chicago back to Fort Collins.
After retirement, Warren spent his time writing his reference book, Zoolexicon, and the weekly Rotary Club of Fort Collins bulletin, Rotogear.
Warren was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Doris Garst, his wife, Genevieve Sherwin Garst, his brother, Joe Garst II, and his sister, Barbara Spurlock. He is survived by several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and -nephews, and great-great-nieces and –nephews.
Memorial donations may be given to the charity of your choice, the Genny and Warren Garst Scholarship Endowment Fund 69085, or to the Fort Collins Rotary Legacy Fund.
FATHER: 119B23; MOTHER: 119B23s
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by: Chuck Garst