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Allen Perry, local investor and photo naturalist, died Monday, December 9, 2013 at the age of 86. The only child of Bert and Elsie Evans Perry, he was born in Eagle Pass, Texas and, as a child, lived in El Salvador, Corpus Christi and then moved to San Antonio in 1938. He attended Alamo Heights Junior School, T.M.I., and Trinity University and in 1949, graduated from the University of Texas, where he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta. He was also a member of the San Antonio German Club and the Conopus Club. He served in the military during World War II and the Korean War. He was a member of St. David's Episcopal Church in Terrell Hills, and was active in the Faith Alive movement in the Episcopal Church during the 1970's. He had owned a ranch in Maverick County, with which he had deeply felt and personal bonding, his beloved "Chaparral Country", which he managed primarily as a natural area and for hunting and fishing for his friends and family, and as a place for his own studies and photography of the fauna and flora of the South Texas Chaparral Country. His business career was mostly in group insurance as a district manager, and then as an independent broker from 1978 to his retirement in 1984. In addition to his lifetime love affair with nature, he also enjoyed classical music, reading, astronomy, traveling and photography in much of the United States, Kenya, Canada, Europe, Mexico and elsewhere. He was an award-winning naturalist, nature teacher, educator's resource person, and had several articles published, as well as producing several widely-shown nature slide shows. He also did the trails survey and wrote the trails guide for the Cibolo Wilderness Trails and Nature Center. In 1991, he received the Earth Day Individual First Place Award for his volunteer teaching work and photography about the natural world and its conservation during the 80's and 90's. Mr. Perry was preceded in death by his wife of 37 years, Punky, in 1994. Survivors: son, Hudson Perry; daughters, Diana Perry of San Antonio, Lynn Field and her husband, Michael of Prairie Lee, TX, Lee Ann Perry of San Antonio, TX; grandchildren, Adam and Leah Perry, Tomas and David Perry, Keenen and Baris Field, and Hannah Perry and Michael Reiton.
DECEMBER 14, 2013
ST. DAVID'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
TERRELL HILLS, TX
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Published in Express-News on Dec. 12, 2013