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Dr. Charles "Wayne" Gares

1936 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Dr. Charles "Wayne" Gares Obituary
Gares, Charles "Wayne", Dr.

Wayne Gares was born in Salida, Colorado 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; grandchildren Katy, Sydnie, Nethan, and Stevie; and his siblings, Dale, Glen, Margie, Darlene and Mickey.

Wayne grew up in Tucumcari, New Mexico, and received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of New Mexico. He was a tremendous athlete, "larger than life" and he lettered in three sports: football, basketball and baseball. 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 chose to be a teacher and coach. He coached and taught at Taft Junior High, Valley High School, New Mexico Military Institute, and Eastern New Mexico University. He continued his education at the University of Colorado, receiving his PhD.

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, Texas.
Published in Albuquerque Journal on Mar. 31, 2016
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