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Dr. Charles Wayne Gares

1936 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Dr. Charles Wayne Gares Obituary
Wayne Gares was born in Salida, CO to Vaughn and Ida Gares. He passed away peacefully at home with all his loved ones by his side. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Mavis, and his granddaughter, Dannie.
He was known as Dad and considered a Moose by so many which was his nickname. He will be missed by all who knew and loved our Moose.
He is survived by his wife, Jan; his children, Shawn and Steve; his grandchildren, Katy, Sydnie, Nethan, and Stevie; and his siblings, Dale, Glen, Margie, Darlene and Mickey.
Wayne grew up in Tucumcari, NM and received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of New Mexico (UNM). He was a tremendous athlete, larger than life and he lettered in three sports: football, basketball and baseball. He was the last three-sport letterman/athlete to graduate from the university. As a senior he was in the top ten collegiate batters nationally with an average of 0.429. He was heavily recruited by the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears but choose to be a teacher and coach.
After his graduation from UNM, he continued his education at the University of Colorado, receiving his PhD. He evolved from a coaching position to the Vice President of Student Affairs at Eastern New Mexico University. He was a mentor to several children from the Christian Children's Home in Portales, NM, especially Rickey and Tammy Campbell, and Mike Threatt. He and his wife, Jan, welcomed these children into their family and gave them parental and financial support. He and his wife traveled the world and saw six of the seven continents. He trekked with the gorillas in the mists of Africa, climbed Machu Picchu in Peru and canoed down the Amazon River. He transited the Panama and Suez Canals. He and seventeen family members explored Europe including Venice and Pompeii.
He donated his body to the Southwestern Medical Center for medical research. A private memorial was held in his memory by his family.
If you so wish, instead of flowers you can contribute to CASA of Ellis County, TX.
Published in the Quay County Sun on Mar. 23, 2016
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