|Date of birth||June 5, 1946|
|Place of birth||Jonesboro, Jackson Parish
|Date of death||
February 10, 2000
|NFL draft||1968 / Round: 2 / Pick: 47|
|Born||June 5, 1946
Jonesboro, LA, United States
|Other names||Big John|
|Department||Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries - Enforcement Division|
|Years of service||1986 - February 10, 2000|
|Rank||1986 - commissioned as Wildlife Agent
1998 - promoted to Captain
Garlington was born in Jonesboro, Louisiana and graduated from Jonesboro-Hodge High School in Jonesboro. in 1964. He was a star college athlete at Louisiana State University. At LSU, he was a 1967 Kodak/American Football Coaches Association pick. He was also a First-Team All-SEC pick in 1966 by the Associated Press and in 1967 by both the AP and United Press International. He was described as an "Incredible athlete whose talents typified his play and teamwork. Had excellent speed and lateral pursuit. Opponents were timid when it came to attacking his side of the defensive line. Even with his size, he was a speed merchant. In the 1966 Rice encounter, John picked off an errant pass and returned it 42 yards for a touchdown."
Law enforcement career
After leaving professional football, Garlington worked, from 1986, as a Wildlife Enforcement Agent (game warden) with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries - Enforcement Division. He was promoted to the rank of Captain, in 1998, and was the commander of the department's Region 1 office near Shreveport, Louisiana. Prior to assuming command of Region 1, Garlington held the rank of Sergeant, and was assigned to the department's Statewide Strike Force. Garlington died in the line of duty, from drowning, while investigating a poaching complaint near his home on the Mill Creek Reservoir near Saline, LA in Bienville Parish. He had been on the force for 14 years. Garlington was survived by his wife Karon Garlington.
He is buried at the Ebenezer Cemetery off Louisiana Highway 508 in Bienville Parish. His son, Jonesboro police officer John Moses Garlington, was interred at this same cemetery in the spring of 1994.
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- Captain John M. Garlington, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
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