FAMILY

Sunday get-togethers are always on the agenda for the Savage family of Baytree.

They say that the family that plays together stays together.

That is certainly true for the Savage family of Baytree. They regularly play golf and attend sporting events together.

Karen and Garth Savage met in Seattle in 1979 and married three years later. They recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.

In 1995, due to Garth’s work at Northrop Grumman, the couple moved from Arizona to Suntree with their three young daughters, Kimberly, Marie and Morgan. Their youngest child, Hunter, was born after the move.

After living in the Suntree area for nearly a decade, the family of golfers decided to move to Baytree in order to be closer to Baytree National Golf Links.

Their children are now grown and are raising families of their own in the Melbourne area. Karen and Garth now delight in spending time with their five grandchildren ranging in age from nearly 2 to 16.

“My sister-in-law, Nancy Theiss, has lived here with us for 11 years,” Karen Savage said. “She’s also a big part of the family. She’s the aunt.”

Sunday get-togethers are always on the weekly agenda for the entire family.

“The family comes every Sunday for sporting events and to hang out. We like football,” Karen Savage said. “We have a fantasy football league just for our family members.”

“The kids all can sing very well and we like to sing with Alexa,” she added.

Garth Savage emphasizes the importance of family.

“We’re very family oriented and family is number one in importance to us,” he said. “We all have so much fun together.”

Every year, the Savages throw an annual Halloween bash at their home where family, friends and neighbors are invited.

They also recently attended the 64th annual Savage family vacation at Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park in Washington State.

When Karen and Garth decided to retire three years ago, new and unique opportunities opened up for both of them, Karen as a self-taught artist (KarenSavageArt.com) and Garth, with part-time work at Duran olf Club’s Development Center in Viera.

Karen’s art career started when her sister asked her to paint a portrait of her beloved pet that had passed away. That set things into motion with others asking Karen to paint for them, too. She started a business painting colorful portraits of people’s pets in acrylic.

“I’ve painted over 200 whimsical pets in the last year and continue to stay busy,” she said.

Three of Karen and Garth Savage’s children have followed in their father’s footsteps with careers in the aerospace industry. Kimberly is a program manager at Blue Origin, Marie is a program integrator at Northrop Grumman, and Hunter is a subcontracting analyst at Northrop Grumman. Morgan is a dental hygienist.

Upon retirement, the Savages could have moved anywhere but they decided to stay in Baytree. Family is the number one reason. Florida’s warm weather is a close second.

“I have lupus and fibromyalgia,” Karen Savage said. “I can’t be in cold weather for health reasons, and we can also play golf year-round.”