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Lukin Taylor GILLILAND

1927 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences Gallery
Lukin Taylor GILLILAND Obituary
GILLILAND, Lukin Taylor

Lukin Taylor Gilliland was born on March 1, 1927 in San Antonio, Texas. He passed away peacefully in the company of his family on July 20, 2014. He attended Alamo Heights Schools when they were all housed in what is now Cambridge Elementary, and was a member of the famed High Steppers fraternity. He spent several years at the University of Texas in Austin, where he joined the DKE fraternity, before enlisting in the navy during WWII. While serving our country, he contracted polio, one of many challenges he faced and overcame in his lifetime. He went on to graduate from the UT School of Law, and spent 60 glorious years engaged in its practice. It was also at his beloved University that he met his wife, Ruth Harsh. His admiration for this great University rubbed off on his sons, who all graduated from UT and have assumed his role as spectator at football games. He was the ultimate husband, father, surrogate father and uncle, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, employer, friend and mentor to countless people. His multitude of business dealings were widely respected for being fair, as he valued his reputation above all else. He was involved in a wide range of successful business endeavors, including restaurants, ranching, horse racing, oil & gas, real estate and car dealerships. Success followed him into politics, as he was elected as Alamo Heights City Councilman and Mayor, where he served with distinction. His greatest love was his race horses, both thoroughbred and quarter horses. They raced across this country and around the world, including in the All-American Futurity, Kentucky Derby, Breeder's Cup Classic and Grand Criterian. He was associated with the best trainers and famous jockeys, and with horses like Top Divi, Si Puede and Skywalker. His quips were as quick as his horses and sharp as tacks. He was good company, and was enjoyed immensely by all who knew him. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Ruth Harsh Gilliland; brother, Lee Gilliland; granddaughter, Hannah Marie Gilliland; niece, Sharon Deering; nephew David Newby Harsh; his parents, Taylor and Mary Gilliland; and by his parents-in-law, Helen Westervelt and David Newby Harsh. He is survived by his sons, Lukin Taylor Gilliland, Jr., of San Antonio, TX, Kip Gilliland and wife Lisa of Floresville, TX, and John Gilliland and wife Frederique of New York; grandchildren, Kara Lee Armstrong, Haley Beth Barr, Brittain Gilliland and Alessandra Gilliland; great-grandchildren, Lukin Cash Gilliland, and Rayden and Hannah Armstrong; daughter-in-law Mary Beth; faithful friend, Jose Pereyra; and his faithful dog Chula. He is also survived by nieces and nephews Perry Deering; Shannon Nisbet; Pat Gilliland; Kelly and Gregg Lyssy; Rusty and Joe Armstrong; Sarah and Olen Walley; Nancy and David Pittman; Barry and Jim Bennett; Westy and Janice Harsh; Pam Harsh and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews. Active pallbearers include his sons Lukin, Kip and John; grandson Brittain; nephew Westy Harsh; nephew-in-law Gregg Lyssy; great-nephews Timmy and Dale Nisbet; great-grandson-in-law Lee Armstrong; and trusty friend Jose Pereyra. Honorary pallbearers are long-time friends John Adger, Joe Armstrong, Lon Carpenter, Jimmy Cavender, Tom Drought, Tom Frost, Peter Gill, Joe Guest, Sam Maclin, Elkin McGaughy, Albert McNeel, Ben Morris, Tom Powell, Stanley Schoenbaum, Dr. Robert Spalten, Joe Straus, David Straus, Tom Tatham and Thad Ziegler. Visitation will be on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Porter Loring on McCullough. SERVICE THURSDAY JULY 24, 2014 2:00 P.M. ST. LUKES EPISCOPAL CHURCH 11 ST. LUKE'S LANE The Rev. David G. Read officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Hannah Marie Gilliland Endowed Scholarship Fund at Baylor University, St. Luke's Episcopal Church or the Cibolo Nature Center. Interment in Sunset Memorial Park. A reception to follow the graveside service. You are invited to sign The guestbook at Arrangements with PORTER LORING 1101 MCCULLOUGH AVE SAN ANTONIO, TX 210-227-8221
Published in Austin American-Statesman from July 23 to July 24, 2014
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