Gary Edward Book, 52, of Fort Worth, Texas, passed away June 3, 2014, in the loving presence of his twin sister, Gayle, and her husband, Chuck Seefeldt. He and Gayle were born Aug. 8, 1961, in Tulia, Texas.
Born with a congenital heart defect, Gary underwent open-heart surgery as an infant and then again at age 5. As an infant, he was one of the first people to undergo this new and groundbreaking surgical procedure.
He grew up on a family farm near Nazareth, Texas, surrounded by a large family. Always good at sports, Gary excelled in basketball, football and golf. He played basketball and football for Nazareth High School and enjoyed golf later in life.
After graduating from Nazareth High School in 1980, he attended Texas State Technical Institute. He had a long and dedicated career as an electrical technician for Texas Instruments and then Raytheon.
He was a beloved and fun uncle to his many nephews and nieces and was a generous and caring brother, son and friend. With a warm, trusting personality and enjoyment of good-natured laughter, Gary enjoyed life to the fullest.
His true gifts were in conversation and making other people feel comfortable in his presence. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, providing a helping hand to others and playing and watching sports.
He was preceded in death by his sister Luella Book; mother, Rita Book; and brother-in-law Steve Koch.
He is survived by his father, George H. Book; 10 brothers and sisters and their spouses, Jackie Koch, Karen and Louis Loyd, Peggy and Sidney Birkenfeld, George N. and Lynette Book, Kelly Book, Chris and Becky Book, Gayle and Chuck Seefeldt, Loretta Book, Scott and Karin Book and Joshua Book; and by numerous nieces and nephews.
A vigil service and rosary are 7 p.m. June 6 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home, 307 E. Sandstone St. in Llano, (325) 247-4300. A funeral service is 9 a.m. June 7 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 700 Bessemer St. in Llano. Burial will follow at Bluffton Cemetery.
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