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Homer P. Dear

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Homer P. Dear FORT WORTH -- Homer P. Dear, 87, passed away Friday, March 16, 2018, surrounded by family. FUNERAL: 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church. Interment: Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Greenwood, followed by Trisaigon service at 7:30 to 8 p.m. The family invites you to share in a celebration of Homer's life which will take place at St. Demetrios following the burial at Mount Olivet Cemetery. At his request, we will have a jazz band, tell our favorite "Homer stories", and toast with Greek wine. MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Greek Orthodox Youth of America (GOYA) in care of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 2020 Northwest 21st Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76164; White Settlement Retired School Employees Association (WSRSEA), scholarship fund: 2917 Cortez Drive, Fort Worth, Texas 76116, or a . Homer was born to Pete and Rosa Dear on August 19, 1930 in Fort Worth. He attended Denver Avenue Elementary, J.P. Elder Jr. High, and North Side High School. He was an outstanding athlete at North Side where he lettered in Football and Baseball, and was selected All State in football as well as All District in baseball. Homer was recruited to play football on scholarship at Texas A&M, Tyler Junior College, and North Texas State. He also played football while in the Army in El Paso. He had a bright future playing football that was cut short by a disabling knee injury in college. Homer received his bachelor's from North Texas, his master's from Tarleton, and also worked toward his doctorate. While at North Texas, Homer was a proud member of the Geezle Fraternity, serving as President and head singer in their drinking song competitions. Homer started his teaching career at South Oak Cliff High School in Dallas as an assistant football and head baseball coach. He joined the family business at Dear's Barbecue, later taking over as president. He was very active in the Moslah Shrine Motor Corps serving as Colonel, where he participated in many motor corps parades, events, and competitions, and also won a Shrine Ring. He was a member of the Masons, Moslah Shrine Temple, the AHEPA of St. Demetrios Church, WSRSEA, UNT Alumni Association, Mean Green Club, and the Good 'Ole Boys, who met regularly at Angelo's Barbecue. A long time friend who was teaching at North Side introduced him to a beautiful young lady who was completing her student teaching in his class. Her name was Sandra Richards. After their first romantic date at the Golden Gloves, he proposed marriage, and two more years of romantic dates followed. They were married at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church on August 18, 1963, and established residence in a cottage on Lake Worth and became "lake people." They were blessed with two boys, Nick and Rich, who also later had homes nearby on the lake. He loved spending time on Lake Worth with Sandra, Nick, and Rich, as well as his daughter Denise and her family that would visit from New York. After a fire destroyed Dear's Barbecue, Homer started teaching in White Settlement ISD. While at White Settlement ISD Homer first served as teacher, then vice principal, food service director, and principal at West Elementary and Brewer Middle School. After retirement, Homer was elected to the Texas House of Representatives. During his tenure he served on several House committees, but most enjoyed his time as vice chairman of the Public Education Committee. After his service as a State Representative Homer returned to Austin working for the University of North Texas Health Science Center as Special Assistant to the Chancellor of Government Affairs. During his time in Austin he made several lifelong friends on both sides of the aisle. Homer and Sandra enjoyed traveling to destinations such as Greece, Italy, Germany, Russia, Turkey, Hawaii, Mexico, and most of the United States. On one of his last trips to Mexico, Homer became an ordained minister and officiated at Rich and Juliandra's marriage. He loved it so much, he later married Nick and Amy. He wondered whether he needed to forfeit his Geezle membership to become an ordained minister, but figured that if the Lord was alright with drinking wine during communion, that it was OK. Homer loved camping, fishing and all things outdoors, especially lake-life with Sandra, Nick, Rich, and their lake neighbors. He was preceded in death by father, Pete; mother, Rosa; brothers, Nick and Angelo; and sisters-in-law, Eileen Richards, Pat Miller and Bobby Dear. SURVIVORS: Wife, Sandra; brother-in-law, Dick Richards; sons, Nick Dear and wife, Amy, Rich Dear and wife, Juliandra; daughter, Denise Angelora and husband, Bob; grandchildren, Rob, Nick, Alex, and Rihanna Angelora, Dalton, Colby, Zander, and Zoey Dear; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Published in Star-Telegram on Mar. 22, 2018
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