Garland Ward Rattan, 78, of Amarillo, died Monday, August 22, 2011.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday August 25, 2011 in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Dr. Howard K. Batson of First Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be at 6:00 p.m. in East Mound Cemetery in Matador, TX. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Mr. Rattan was born in Lamesa, TX on June 15, 1933 to Ward and Pearl Rattan and was raised in Matador where he graduated from high school. He played football for four years at West Texas State and earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture and a master’s in education. He was a member of the T-Club and Who’s Who Among Colleges and Universities.
He worked at Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch from 1955 to 1992. At the age of 28 he was the youngest school superintendent in Texas and served the Ranch in that capacity for over 30 years.
Mr. Rattan was a member of Palo Duro Masonic Lodge in Amarillo and Khiva Shrine Center. He was a life member of Amarillo Chapter #787 and Dumas #653. In 1992 he served the Grand Chapter of Texas as Worthy Grand Patron, an honor he cherished because of the beloved members throughout the state.
He held memberships in numerous education societies, and at one time was an active Gideon.
He is survived by wife of 57 years, Shirley Rattan of Amarillo; sons, David Rattan and wife Lee Ann of North Richland Hills and Chris Rattan and wife Dena of Amarillo; grandchildren, Andy Rattan and wife Caitlyn, Courtney Rattan, Mackenzie Rattan and Zachary Rattan; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Bobbie Schmidt of Perryton; two brothers-in-law of Texarkana, Jack Porter and wife Cindy, and Jerome Porter; and beloved nieces and nephews.
The family suggest memorials be made to the Garland and Shirley Rattan scholarship fund to benefit Boys Ranch Alumni, in care of Bob Sarpalius, 133 Springhill, Hurst, TX 76053; or to the ESTARL scholarship fund to benefit students training for the ministry or church music in care of Mrs. Alma York, 7407 Dreyfuss Dr., Amarillo, TX 79129; or to the charity of your choice.
The family extends special thanks to Lorry Parker and the loving, caring staff at The Cottages in Amarillo.
Visitation will be Wednesday evening from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home.