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Gary Dean Giles – April 17, 2014

Giles Obit PicGary Dean Giles, 68, of Amarillo, died Thursday, April 17, 2014.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Don Novak officiating.  Burial will be in Boys Ranch Cemetery in Boys Ranch.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Gary was born June 30, 1945, in Amarillo to Andly and Florine Giles.  He attended Amarillo High School. He also lived at Boys Ranch from 1957 to 1962. He was a member of Pleasant Valley Christian Church, Boys Ranch Alumni Association, and Tri-State Fair Committees.

He was preceded in death by his siblings, Thomas Giles, Andy Giles, Helen Griffin and Annabelle Halsey.

Survivors include a daughter, Lisa Kay Giles of Spearman; and a half brother, E.L. Selby.


  • Yvonne Mays Posted April 22, 2014 11:31 am

    Gary will be long missed and forever remembered!! I am proud to say I knew him and enjoyed his company on many occasions. My prayers to the family and loved ones.

  • Leslie Hunnicutt Kistner Posted April 22, 2014 3:00 pm

    What a kind man. I had not seen Gary in many years but I have many good memories of him. I loved his laugh. I’ve seen him in situations where he had to be pretty tough… and I sure wouldn’t have wanted to mess with him… He was a good man… lots of fun. He will be missed… “Thank you Gary… You know”
    Leslie Hunnicutt Kistner

  • Cathy,Frank,Michael,Paul Varga Posted April 22, 2014 7:26 pm

    Our prayers go out to the family on your loss. Gary will be missed.

  • Sue Gofinch Posted April 22, 2014 8:53 pm

    You will surely be missed..such a great man.

  • Lisa Rodriguez Posted April 22, 2014 9:14 pm

    My friend , You will be missed .

  • Trisha Wilson Posted April 22, 2014 9:30 pm

    My Dad died on March 29, very unexpectedly, of this year. Last Christmas my Dad joined my husband and me at the Wilson family Christmas. Gary was the Wilson’s Santa for 36 years. He held parents, their children, grand children and even great grandchildren on his lap. My Daddy got to sit on Santa,s lap the last Christmas I will remember him and Gary living. Thank you Santa.!!! All our love, Bobby and Trisha Wilson and Bree.

  • Bobby Wilson Posted April 22, 2014 9:44 pm

    Gary was our Santa for 36years he has held my daughter and 2 of my step daughters on his lap and they only know him as the Santa Claus .I personally only knew him as Santa on Christmas Eve but it was a very special night and it was not Christmas until he came by our families house and blessed us with his presence it always put a lump in my throat.He will be missed in all the years to come . Ann Wilson my mom wants to express her wishes as well.

  • Ken and Barbara Teel Posted April 23, 2014 8:49 am

    Gary was a gentle man who brought joy to many people. He was a great friend to the Boys Ranch community, and he will be greatly missed.

  • Pat Goodman Posted April 23, 2014 11:56 am

    Loved you so Gary you where a very special person. You where my grandchildren Santa and a very special friend. You are going to be so missed. Thank you for all the things you did for children at Boys Ranch. Thank you for all the joy you brought so many people with you smile and laughter.

  • Barbara Stallings Posted May 2, 2014 2:47 pm

    Gary Dean was in our family for 14 yrs. He married my sister in 1964. He was such a loving man,even after the divorce!!! I kept in touch with Gary constantly. He would see me working in my yard and everytime he would stop and we always have wonderful visits. He came to my house as Santa for my grand children, they loved it,because he did look like Santa. He loved me as I did him, he will always be in my heart.My wonderful niece is greiving for for him always and I am praying that she will be alright with the Lords help. Lisa I’m so so sorry I didn’t make it to the funeral but I was out of town and couldn’t make it back in time, but I can promise you that I WOULD HAVE been there. We were so very very close. God bless all those that loved this wonderful man. I love you you Gary!!!! I’ll see you again someday I know. Barbara

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