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Gary Park


1946 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Gary Park Obituary
Gary Walden Park died peacefully at a Keene care center on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. Graveside service: 2 p.m. Thursday, March 12, in Glenwood Cemetery in Alvarado. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Gary's life. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Gary Park Memorial, in care of Alvarado Heritage and Preservation Fund, 509 Doris Court, Alvarado, Texas 76009. Gary was born March 15, 1946, in Fort Worth to Veryl Walden and Jack Kennedy Park. Gary graduated from Alvarado High School in 1964. Attending the University of Texas, he earned a bachelor of fine arts degree, with a major in art history. After returning to Alvarado, he began his antique business, buying and selling antiques during his frequent visits to New England. However, his special love was for all Texas memorabilia, which he both traded and collected. An enthusiastic traveler, he enjoyed visiting Spain, France, Egypt, New Orleans, La., and Savannah, Ga. Gary also enjoyed gardening and loved native cacti and all Texas wildflowers, especially the bluebonnet. In recent years, Gary was dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the early history of Alvarado, particularly in relation to the family hardware business that was established there in 1890. Gary was fortunate to be comforted and supported during his illness by family members and many lifelong friends, who will now dearly miss him. The family wishes to personally thank those people for the help and care they gave Gary during his time of need. He was preceded in death by Jack and Veryl Park of Alvarado; and his godparents, Marlon and Jeanette Gibbs of Alvarado, who played a big part in his life. Survivors: His first cousins, Marylyn Ballinger Douglass, Randa Lee Walden Miller, Nina Wiseman Temple and Don Wiseman.
Published in Star-Telegram on Mar. 8, 2015
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