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George Gaylin Garver

Dr. George Gaylin Garver, 85, passed away July 26, 2017 in Kansas, the state where he was raised.

He leaves his wife of 63 years, Alice VanderWeel Garver; his daughter, Janice and her husband Doug, and their daughters, Susan and Allison, and grandsons, Xander and Jaxson; his son, Stephen and his wife, Lisa and their family, Jennifer Garver Ahlbrandt and husband, Tom Ahlbrandt, Stephanie Garver and fiancé Andrew Dockter, and George’s namesake, Georgia Garver. George was predeceased by his son, George Jr. in 2014.  He also leaves behind many wonderful friends in Sun City West, AZ and Georgetown, Texas.

George was born in Ponte Vista, CO on June 1, 1932 to Pauline Turner and Bernard Garver, along with his three brothers, Bernard Jr., Bill and Paul. He was raised in Salina, KS where he graduated from high school.  He received his AA degree from North Park University in Chicago, IL followed by his BA from the University of Northern Iowa.  He received his MA degree from the University of Michigan and his Ph.D. in Education from Michigan State University. 

While in Chicago, he met and married Alice VanderWeel. They moved to Michigan where George accepted a teaching position in Linden. Within two years, the school district appointed him as a High School Principal.  When he was 30 years old, he was appointed to the position of School Superintendent for Holly, Michigan and then later in Walled Lake, Michigan.

George and Alice fell in love with the state of Texas while George served as General Superintendent for the Houston Independent School District. George was assigned the responsibility of implementing the final Federal Court Order to desegregate HISD.  After 25 years of service, and the raising of their children, George and Alice retired to Phoenix, AZ where they resided in Sun City West.  While there, George came out of retirement and became the Dean of the College of Education for Arizona State University West.

 In 1997, George and Alice moved to Georgetown, TX where they spent the remainder of his life before his last year with his family in Kansas.  While in Georgetown, George assisted with several aspects of internal Sun City governance.  For one semester, he served as interim school superintendent for Georgetown Independent School District at the behest of the local school board.  He also assisted them in finding a long term school superintendent.  In 2008, he came out of retirement again and ran for the office of Mayor for the City of Georgetown and was elected.  He was re-elected in 2011 and served until 2014. 

Dr. Garver had a great passion for public service and was a man of principle, courtesy and honesty. He was willing to serve his community in any and all capacities and his accomplishments were numerous.  He was a thoughtful friend, a wonderful husband, father and grandfather.  His family and friends will sorely miss him.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at the City Council Chambers in Georgetown, TX, Aug 10, from 3-5 pm.   In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association.  Special thanks to the caring community of Garden Terrace of Overland Park, Dr. Hodges, and specifically the nurturing caregivers in the Forsythia Wing, for the wonderful care provided to our family.



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