Corwin 'Ray' Fargason LUBBOCK - Corwin "Ray" Fargason, 69, died Thursday, July 11, 2013. A 1 p.m. memorial service was held Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at Second Baptist Church, 6109 Chicago Avenue, in Lubbock. Ray was born in Lubbock, Texas, on Dec. 5, 1943, to Claude and Bertinia Fargason. After growing up on a farm near Halfway, Texas, he graduated from Plainview High School. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas
at Austin in 1967. In 1969, he was awarded his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas School of Law. Ray was admitted to practice in all Texas state courts by the Texas Supreme Court in 1969. Subsequently, he was also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the U S. Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, 10th, and 11th Circuits, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Western Districts of Texas. He was a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Lubbock County Area Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the Phi Delta Phi international legal fraternity. As senior partner of Fargason, Booth, St. Clair, Richards and Wilkins, LLP, his areas of expertise included civil litigation, personal injury law, and family law. Working with this talented firm was the highlight of his career. Over the years, Ray has served the Lubbock community through his participation and leadership in numerous organizations including
, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Toastmasters International, Downtown Kiwanis Club, Lubbock Area Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Lubbock Symphony Orchestra and the Lubbock Chorale. Despite his University of Texas affiliations, Ray was an avid fan of Texas Tech University. He also enjoyed the opportunity to judge the Miss Lubbock USA and Miss Lubbock Teen USA pageants. Ray was honored to be named recipient of the following awards: 1976 Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Lubbock County Bar Association; 2004-05 Lubbock Legal Professionals Association Boss of the Year; 2007 Women in Communications Gold Medalist for Community Service;
's Silver Stirrup Award for Volunteerism and Adult Courage Award; and 2009 Honorary Chair of the Lubbock Arts Festival for his contribution to the arts. Through Ray's leadership roles in the music and worship ministries at Second Baptist Church, his deep commitment to the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, and his joyful participation as pianist for the jazz band, "Ad Hoc," his musical giftedness permeated every facet of his life. Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Bertinia Fargason of Halfway, Texas. Survivors include his wife of 21 years, Gail; brother Eddie Fargason and wife Terri of Dallas; children Patrick Ray Fargason and wife Jamie of The Woodlands, Dr. William Edward "Ted" Fargason and wife Anna of Lubbock, Lisa Gerloff and husband Mark of Spring, Trent Taylor and wife Brandi of Amarillo; grandchildren Meagan, Dana, Sara, Will, Katie, Garrett, Grayson, McKinley, Grant, Annie and Tegan; and a loving, extended family. Ray's courageous battle with Multiple Myeloma over the past seven years has served as a model of enduring faith, persevering strength and resolute hope for all who knew him. Through his humor, love and generous spirit, Ray's joy in life has been to nurture and enrich the lives of his family, his friends, and his community. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the
, Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, The Mayo Clinic Multiple Myeloma Research under the direction of Dr. Keith Stewart, Second Baptist Church, or UMC Southwest Cancer Center.