Gary Don Pence was born in Ardmore, Oklahoma October 1, 1957, to Martha Caroline and Kenneth Pence.
Gary is preceded in death by his father and grandparents. His survivors include his mom, Martha Pence; His wife of 34 years, Carole Pence;
Son, Gary Don Pence and wife Roberta: Daughter, Jennifer Unzueta; Daughter, Kristen and husband, Jared Kessel;
Son, Sean Beck; Daughter, Brandi and husband, Robert Weaver; German son. Mathais Coldtiz. Nine grandchildren, Jazmine and Trey Unzueta; Gabriel, Nate, and Nicholas Murray; Emmett Kessel; Triston, Travis, and Katy Weaver. Brothers, Kenny and wife, Pam Pence; Jim and wife, Pam Pence;
Many Nieces and a nephew. Gary had many interests and collections. He was a voracious reader and had a book on every President. He collected many of the Presidents autographs. He had artifacts and books about World War II. He also collected photos of war heroes with their autographs. He had Biblical artifacts including clay oil lamps, manuscripts, and Bibles. He had a collection of Western memorabilia which Included books, barbwire, spurs, a log house, a picture of Bill Doolin who was an outlaw. Bill married Gary's great great aunt. He was interested in researching ancestry family connections. Gary attended grades 1-12 in Ardmore, Oklahoma. He started college at Central State College, then went to Lubbock Christian University, where he finished his degree. He received a Masters Degree from Dallas Baptist University. He was then off to England to continue his education. Baseball and wrestling were his favorite sports. He played and coached baseball. He wrestled in high school and won many awards. During high school Gary worked with his Dad on vending machines. He was trained to become an air traffic controller in 1988. He had a pilots license and flew to visit his children. He worked as an air traffic controller and supervisor in Waco, Lubbock, DFW and Dallas. He was retired for one year when CSSI called Gary to work analyzing close near hit incidents. He worked at the airport and also taught at a Christian College at night. He taught classes in Greek, Hebrew and History. He was a member of the Woodsmen Rangers in his youth. He has been a member of the Church of Christ since he was a teen. He has taught classes and preached. He was a life long Biblical learner, thru higher education. He lived a life with a devotion to the church. Gary has always loved working with and teaching young people. This included telling Biblical stories and an occasional ghost story. Once when telling one of the Ghost stories in our small group, to the teens, just as the story came to a climax, a light was on upstairs and was turned off. That was the wrong thing to do because they screamed and ran out of the room. That was one scary story! He was loved and will be very much missed!