Friends We've Lost

JOHN TAYLOR November 30, 2018 Don Purdy November 18, 2018 FRED WORLEY November 10, 2018 Mary Angelina Rodriguez-Ledesma October 6, 2018 Ed Tames October 3, 2018 Glenn Day September 6, 2018 Michael payne August 13, 2018 Denise Blonstein July 31, 2018 Dwayne Potter July 30, 2018 Ken Clark July 20, 2018 Monty Dale Gearner July 17, 2018 Lawrence Vaughn July 14, 2018 Fred Lemire, Jr. May 29, 2018 PAULA COE May 28, 2018 Jerry S. Brand May 15, 2018 Marjorie Stephenson April 28, 2018 Paul Watson April 26, 2018 WILLARD YOUNG April 15, 2018 Charles Carter April 9, 2018 Don Plummer March 18, 2018 Lawrence Collins March 13, 2018 Johnny F. Schults March 9, 2018 RONNY HODGKINS February 18, 2018 ED WATSON February 9, 2018 Joe South February 8, 2018 Larry Farnsworth January 17, 2018 James Crouch January 15, 2018 STEVE SMITH December 25, 2017 George Coit December 14, 2017 Janice Gregory December 13, 2017 david Malone November 21, 2017 Cecil Jones October 28, 2017 STEVE MORRIS October 16, 2017 Ray Royal October 14, 2017 Larry Corzine October 5, 2017 ROGER "PAPPY" HOPKINS September 19, 2017 John F. Cordary August 31, 2017 Lee Powell August 14, 2017 Mike FRENCH August 7, 2017 Zachery JESTER August 5, 2017 Bob Kucera July 2, 2017 Robert Emerson June 29, 2017 Greg Dismuke June 7, 2017 John Wallace May 10, 2017 ROY DARBY May 6, 2017 Michelle Johnson April 22, 2017 Harvey Hamil April 8, 2017 Bryan DeMoss March 12, 2017 Rick stayton March 10, 2017 Johnny Harrison January 4, 2017 LONNIE YORK January 1, 2017 Carl CHILDRESS November 25, 2016 Mike Hudgins November 9, 2016 MARTY TOOLE October 31, 2016 Brad Wiles October 22, 2016 Willie Flournoy October 2, 2016 barry ault September 21, 2016 Carl Davis September 3, 2016 Cindy Fellows August 20, 2016 James 'Jim' Reily Finger August 3, 2016 James "Red" Jones August 2, 2016 James "Red" Jones July 17, 2016 Pete Fogo July 10, 2016 Leon McWright June 26, 2016 Ed Spain June 17, 2016 Billy Hyde May 10, 2016 Richard W. "Bill" Spencer March 29, 2016 Earl Downey March 6, 2016 RAY MARTINEZ February 15, 2016 Jake Walker February 1, 2016 James "HENRY" KILE January 30, 2016 Eugene Smith January 21, 2016 Wesley Hendry January 6, 2016 Tim (Cheat) Lee December 12, 2015 Don Orren December 10, 2015 Rayford Harwell December 6, 2015 Mark Ideus October 25, 2015 Andy Hawkins October 7, 2015 Dixon Holman September 26, 2015 Jim Allen September 23, 2015 Tish Alexander September 10, 2015 Melvin McClay August 30, 2015 Ron 'TANK' BLALOCK August 21, 2015 Kerry Harris July 25, 2015 Butch Clark July 23, 2015 James "J" ROWLAND July 16, 2015 Roger Kinzie July 9, 2015 Hal Taylor June 26, 2015 Kurt Graff June 15, 2015 John Murphy May 23, 2015 Richard Skinner April 21, 2015 Bob Veitman April 15, 2015 Donavon Miller March 31, 2015 Mark H. Rorie March 17, 2015 Charles R. Capps March 6, 2015 Jerry Stephens February 17, 2015 John Talley February 13, 2015 Alvin Kinney February 12, 2015 Danny Roberts February 10, 2015 Bobby Larey January 5, 2015

Monty Dale Gearner

July 17, 2018

"Every day is a great day!"  That was how Monty Gearner approached his 68 years of life, and his 7 month battle with brain cancer (GBM) was no different.  Even with the weight of limited time, Monty saw good in every day.  He finished his brave fight and went home peacefully to be with the Lord on July 17, 2018, surrounded by loved ones.
Monty, of Italy, TX, is survived by his wife of 42 years Judy (Wright); daughters Amber (Ryan) Krier of Haslet, TX and Casey (John) Zenkovich of Leander, TX ; grandchildren Nathan, Andrew, and Elizabeth Perkins, Kendall and John Grady Zenkovich, Ryleigh and Makena Krier; brother Wayne (Carol) Gearner of Desoto, TX; and sister Gailya Gearner of Winnsboro, TX.
Born on September 1, 1949 in Winnsboro, TX, he was the son of Rue Marie Gearner and Elmer Lee Gearner who preceded him in death.  Monty graduated from Winnsboro High School and received his B.S.  in Wildlife Sciences from Texas A & M in 1971. Shortly after moving to Eastland TX, Monty met his bride-to-be on a blind date in 1976. They were married 2 months later and celebrated 42 years on July 3rd, 2018. Monty spent 37 years in service to the U.S. Department of Agriculture - Natural Resource Conservation Service retiring in 2011.
Friends and family could count on Monty for detailed conversations, never forgetting a name or a date, diagnosing any plant disease, maintaining a beautiful backyard garden, making the right call on the football field and never being too busy to help anyone.
With 7 kids calling him Pawpaw, Monty loved hiking the mountains of Wyoming, visiting (successfully!) his favorite fishing holes in Wood and Ellis Counties, attending football, volleyball, and baseball games, dance and cheer competitions, track meets, confirmations, birthdays and school events of all kinds. He was there for them, and they were there for him. In his final days, the arms that he played catch with as children, were the very arms that carried him to his bed for the last time.
Monty was well-respected by his fellow Ellis County Master Gardeners, football officiating crew members, his co-workers, fellow members at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Waxahachie...and countless friends and family and his much-loved dog Millie.  He was honored in May at the 2018 Texas High School Football Hall of Fame in Waco as a Special Contributor to the Game following his 46th season of officiating Texas High School Football.
Celebration of Monty\'s life will be held at 2:00 PM at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 301 W. Hwy 287 Bypass, Waxahachie on Monday, July 23rd.  In lieu of flowers, the family would love to have donations provided to the Ellis County Master Gardeners for a Scholarship Fund or to Cedar Lake Home Health and Hospice. Monty loved his Master Gardener family and enjoyed sharing his favorite hobby with each of them.  A special thank you to the amazing people at Cedar Lake Hospice for their loving care, comforting words and graceful presence in Monty\'s final day...they were angels on earth.
Ellis County Master Gardeners
c/o Monty Gearner Scholarships
701 South I-35E, Suite 3
Waxahachie, TX 75165-4702
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