Garland Ward Rattan – August 22, 2011

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.

0 Replies to “Garland Ward Rattan – August 22, 2011”

  1. Shirley, what are we going to do? My house is very lonely right now. I feel like half of my life has disappeared.

  2. Dear Shirley,
    I was a Faithful Friend under Virginia and Garland. I have so many wonderful memories from that time. Please know I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
    Sherry Thompson~Riverside #834
    Dis.3 Sec.1

  3. I used to have a shirt that read “The Good, the Bad, and the Aggie”. When Mr. Rattan read the line, he thought it was the funniest thing ever. Ten years later, he would still refer to me as “The Good, the Bad, and the Aggie”. From time to time, I quote something profound. Then I realize that it originated from Mr. Rattan. Many of the lessons I carried forward in life, I atttibute to Mr. Rattan. With my deepest sympathy, I am saddened to hear of his passing.

  4. Dear Shirley and family,
    We are so sorry to hear about Mr. Rattan. What a wonderful man. He was my first and best superintendent. He was so supportive; he seemed more like a father figure than a boss. I know you will miss him, but we all know we will see him again. He was a fine Christian gentleman and educator and will be greatly missed.
    Denise and Larry Green

  5. Dear Shirley and family,
    Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I was a deputy for Brother Garland and Virginia and I thought highly of him He was a
    sweet, caring man and will be miss very much.
    Lovingly, Barbara

  6. To Mrs. Rattan, David, and Chris;
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. But we also know that there is a greater hope of glory to come for all of us, that you will one day be reunited with Mr. Rattan.
    The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. ROMANS 8:16-18
    Jimmie Dale

  7. Garland Rattan’s life is rich with love of friends and family who remember his love of God and his faithfulness and friendship. Tera and I send our love and thoughts to all of you and pray God’s comfort, peace and presence be with you.
    Everett and Tera Davis Family, Lubbock

  8. I admired very much Garland’s dedication to Boy’s Ranch and his leadership that propelled it to become the fine facility it is. He had a life well lived. May you remember him with joy, not sadness.

  9. Shirley, Please know that our prayers are with you and your family. I remember Garland so very well, he was a ver fair man, being one of about 10 to 15 girls at the Ranch I always knew I could go to him with anything. We all have great respect for you both. OH how great the reunion in Heaven must be for all the ex-ranchers that are there. We love you all – The Busby Family

  10. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Brother Garland was a fine gentleman and we know that he will truly be missed.

  11. Dear Shirley and family..Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. Brother Garland will always have a \special\ place in my heart and memories as I served as District Deputy Grand Matron during his and Virginia’s year. My deepest sympathy and love to you. May God give you strength and many blessings in your sorrow. Love you.

  12. I was sorry to hear Brother Garland passing,
    My prayers go out to the family. He will be missed
    by all Eastern Star family. I was very close to Sister Virginia Green. and was the one that did the cover of one of their programs with a drawing
    of them both.

  13. I was sorry to hear of your lost, his smiling face will be missed. God Bless you and Keep you safe. Your Eastern Star Family will always be there for you. Blessings Grand Martha for Joyce Gilbert

  14. I was so sad to hear about Brother Garland’s passing. I will never forget School of Instruction in Dumas when I was Deputy Grand Matron for District IV, Section 8, for Sister Virginia and Brother Garland. I have often thought of all the wonderful times we had and what long lasting memories have of the times we spent together. May God’s blessings surround you during your time of sorrow and may God always encompass you with his love.

  15. Our deepest sympathy for you Shirley and your family in the loss of Garland. Joe Don remembers Garland as he played football as a Paducah Dragon against Garland at Matador. Then as he went to W. T. in Canyon. I believe he visited with him as well when we were in Eastern Star together.
    We have not lost our spouse. but other loved ones and know that God is sufficient in times like these. You will have precious memories to remember. Our prayers, and Joe Don Brooks.

  16. My prayers are with the family. I met Garland as a young women just getting started in the Eastern Star. He was a fine man and Shirley was always so gracious. May he find comfort in the arms of his Saviour.

  17. Shirley, Chris, David and family,
    What a sad time for you and those that Garland touched with his sweet, sweet smile and tender hand shake. And at the same time rejoicing that he is with his Lord.
    Mac and I extend our deepest sympathy to each of you.
    good-bye to our sweet, sweet friend now with the angels above.

  18. Garland was a fine gentleman who loved the Lord and his community. He will be missed by many. He loved to hear and tell cowboy and John Wayne jokes and the sound of the laughter shared with Shirley and Garland fill pages of our book of memories.

  19. Shirley, David and Chris, just know you are in my thoughts and prayers at this time.
    My family had great respect for Garland and love for your entire family.
    What a great Boys Ranch reunion must be happening in Heaven right about now.
    God will give you the peace and comfort you need.

  20. My name may mean nothing to you but I remember this gentleman from meeting you when my cousin and his wife, Garland and Virginia Green would be visiting in Dumas at my parents. Of course, Virginia is with the Lord now but all of you were fine-people. May God bless you as only He can be a real-companion especially to one who had such a sweetheart. Been there, done that myself for almost ten years now and He is all I can really lean into His arms for those hugs of Godly-love.

  21. My Dearest Shirley,David,and Chris…
    I am so sad to here about Garland..He is with JESUS now..HOW WONDERFUL..He was a great man to so many of us..He gave more than onehundred
    %..He was always there for us…I learn so much from him at BR school..AND From Shirley to..
    I am so sorry that i cant be there with you all at
    time..But my PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ALL..Remember

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