RHODESDALE, Md. - Garett Robert Colona, 23, of Rhodesdale, MD, unexpectedly departed this world on July 19th, while he was flying and doing what he loved. He was born in Seaford, DE on June 9th, 1989. He was the son of Robert Colona and Tracy Tull. Garett lived life to its fullest. He knew where he wanted to go, and never slowed down or allowed obstacles to prevent him from getting there. He packed a lot of living in his 23 short years. He graduated from North Dorchester High School in 2007 and attended college at West Virginia University. From 2010 - 2012, he attended flight training in Salisbury, MD, Kent Aviation in Virginia, and Flying Tigers Aviation in Louisiana. Upon completion, he obtained his private and commercial pilot licenses. Garett loved flying. He was a natural-born pilot. Garett had an extensive knowledge of wildlife and trapping. He started trapping at a very early age. He was associated with the Maryland Trappers Association and enjoyed teaching children and adults the art of trapping. Garett also started farming as a young boy and spent as much time as he could working on his best friend's farm. Garett was a very lovable and caring person, who was admired and loved by his extensive family and many friends.
Garett is survived by his wife, Taylor Colona, his father, Robert C. Colona, his mother, Tracy A. Tull, his grandparents, Robert and Shirley Colona, and Donald and Leona Tull, his in-laws, Karen, Rick, Tyler, and Morgan Burns, and his many extended family members.
Taylor, the love of his life, is in the Air Force. They were married April 8th, 2011 and shared a home in Aviano Italy, where she has been stationed since July, 2011. Garett returned to the United States in April, 2012 to begin his career as a pilot. He was working for Ocean Aerial Ads, Inc. and would have soon realized his goal of crop dusting. Garett's dream was to combine his passions for flying and farming. He would have rejoined his wife in Italy in September until he would come back to the States to fly again for the summer. Garett was beloved by all who knew him. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.
A gathering of family and friends will be held under a tent at Cross Pointe Church of the Nazarene, 27765 Nanticoke Rd., Salisbury, MD on Thursday, July 26, at 4pm. A memorial worship service will also be held at Christ Lutheran Church, Shipley St, Seaford, DE, on July 28, 2pm. Following the service on July 26th, there will be a catered celebration at the Goslee's Farm, 5436 Galestown Newhart Mill Rd, Sharptown MD 21861. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the Maryland Fur Trappers Inc at 2919 Chestnut Grove, Keedyville, MD 21756. People making donations should make a note that it's in memory of Garett Colona or to Mercy Medical Airlift and go to Angelflightmidatlantic.org for donation options. Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home, 501 Snow Hill Rd., Salisbury, Maryland 21804. To send condolences to the family please visit Holloway Funeral Home's website.