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In memoriam: Gary Mead was longtime teacher

Gary Mead

FFRF Lifetime Member Gary D. Mead 86, died June 16, 2022. 

Gary was born Aug. 15, 1935, in Winterset, Iowa, to Earl and Velma Mead. 

He was married to his wife Betty for 57 years. He was a graduate of Western State University (1957) and Adams State College (1974) and started working as a teacher for District 60 schools in Pueblo, Colo. He was known for his patience and kindness and for teaching respect and acceptance of others. He emphasized participation, sportsmanship and “doing your best” over natural athleticism. 

Gary worked at Centennial High School, teaching physical education and coaching girls’ softball and track. He refereed numerous high school football games. He was an avid golfer and, over the course of his lifetime, made six holes-in-one. He loved the outdoors, the Colorado mountains and vacationing with friends and family. 

He loved music, listened daily, had access to it in every room of the house, including the patio. He liked watching classic movies and sports, especially golf and baseball. He was an entertaining and enthusiastic storyteller who recalled many life experiences with humor and joy.