Carl Garrison, well-known and highly respected cattleman and community worker, was born on a ranch at Bieber, Lassen County, California, in 1911. At an early age he became an active 4-H member. This training was valuable when he enrolled at UC Davis where he obtained a BS in Animal Husbandry. After additional studies at UC Berkeley and Cal Poly, SLO, Carl taught vocational agriculture at Red Bluff High School until 1935, when he became an Assistant Farm Advisor in San Joaquin County.
In 1941 he entered the Army Air Corps and served as Executive Officer and Deputy Commander of Stockton Field and Hobbs Air Base in New Mexico, being discharged as a Colonel in 1946. From 1946 to 1951 he served as manager of the Cow Palace in San Francisco. Under his management, the Grand National Livestock Exposition became one of the leading shows in the West. In 1951 Carl became associated with B.F. Porter Estates and managed their far flung ranch holdings until his untimely death in 1976.
Carl was active in livestock circles during his entire career. In 1963 he was chosen "Livestock Man of the Year". He served as chairman of the California Beef Council, vice-president of the National Beef Council, director of the California Cattlemen's Association, director of the California Reined Horse Association, and director of the International Rodeo Association.
This top hand was an outstanding livestock judge, a forceful and entertaining speaker, and a loyal and devoted member of the California Aggie Alumni Association. He served as president of the Alumni Association from 1973 to 1975. An Alumni Scholarship in his honor is given every year to a graduating senior at UC Davis. A generous and unselfish humanitarian, Carl always rode the point in his many livestock and University activities in championship style.