Gary Gandy of Shamrock died Monday, April 28, 2014, in Dallas, Texas, with his family by his side.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 2, 2014, at Calvary Christian Fellowship in Shamrock with the Rev. Joe G. Jernigan and Russell Shaw officiating. Interment will follow in Shamrock Cemetery in Shamrock. Arrangements are under the direction of Robertson Funeral Directors of Shamrock.
Born Dec. 15, 1934, to Raymond and Doris Gandy in Dallas, Texas, he was raised in Olney, where he graduated from Olney High School. Gary was a veteran of the U.S. Army and followed his father’s footsteps into the oil and gas industry.
He married Ida Marie Corfield in Farmington, N.M., on Nov. 23, 1960, and they spent over 53 years together. Gary went on to receive a petroleum engineering degree in 1970 while helping to raise his three children. He worked for El Paso Natural Gas and Exploration Co. for over 30 years where he later became manager over operations. He was also involved in off shore drilling operations, wrote articles for petroleum publications and owned and operated his own companies.
When he was a young man, he was involved with the family in horse racing, Rodeo Cowboys Association and a founding member of The Turtle Rodeo Association, all of which later became the PRCA. He was passionate about hunting and his Circle G Ranch. He also founded the Shamrock Championship Dove Hunt in 1973, which is currently run by his family. The proceeds from this hunt are donated to the local youth charities in Wheeler County. Gary served as chairman for the St. Patrick’s Day celebration, served on the City Council and was past president of the Shamrock Country Club.
Gary was preceeded in death by his parents, Pinkney Raymond and Doris Geneva Gandy, and many uncles and aunts.
Survivors include his wife, Ida Gandy of Shamrock; one daughter, GayLynn Otts and husband, Kenny, of Pakan Community; two sons, Brent Gandy and wife, Jennifer, of Amarillo, and Troy Gandy and wife, Toni, of Crystal River, Fla.; three brothers, Larry, Jerry and Mickey Gandy; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Beneath his gruff exterior, he truly had a heart of gold, buying meals and helping those in need and giving rides to hitchhikers.
Pop, as a family we will never forget your generosity, your lessons of life to always do the right thing and we will love and miss you forever.
Memorials may be made to the Shamrock Community Education Fun, 100 S. Illinois, Shamrock, Texas 79079, or to the 4-H Shooting Stars, 7939 U.S. Hwy. 83, Wheeler, Texas 79096.
Please sign the online guest book at www.RobertsonFuneral.com.