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Gary was diagnosed with a Grade 4 Glioma at the very start of 2014, on January 11. When Dr. Parish at Methodist came in to speak to Gary after his surgery, the first thing he said to him, after telling him his diagnosis, was that there would be a run on for the Dr. Marnie Rose Foundation and that he expected us all to be there, especially Gary.

We would absolutely love to have him honored at the Run for the Rose for the Dr. Marnie Rose Foundation. Gary had some precious memories created this year as he headed out on a Disney cruise with family to commemorate the last day of his radiation treatment. Our family has went through a whirlwind of grief, treatment, grief, and more treatment but we have always fallen back on the resolve to come together and be hopeful.

Sadly, Gary Lynn Meyer passed away at the age of 73 on Monday, the 2nd of February 2015, after a brave 13-month battle against glioblastoma and treatments.

Gary was born on the 14th of June 1941, Flag Day, in Waterloo, Iowa to Betsy Heywood and Norman Meyer, the first of two children. Gary is survived by his wife, Francine Furlow Meyer, mother, Betsy Meyer Christensen, 96, of Cherokee, Iowa, his wife of 30 years, Yvonne Meyer, son, Philip and Carine Meyer, of Houston, Texas, son, Cass and Jennifer Meyer, of Austin, Texas, daughter, Andrea and Ben Steves, of Annapolis, Maryland, daughter, Mary Courtney and Frank Whyte, of Houston, Texas. Also surviving Gary are seven grandchildren, Trey Steves, Ellie Whyte, Andrew Steves, Jackson Steves, Dean Meyer, Caston Meyer and Finn Whyte. His sister Angela and Russell Becker and their sons, Aaron and Jason, also survive him.

He attended Iowa State University where he was a member of Sigma Epsilon fraternity. Gary enlisted in the United States Army and later attended Officer Candidate School. His decision to join the Army shaped his life and provided friends whom he looked forward to seeing each year. After the Army, Gary completed his degree at Wayne State University in Nebraska. Gary became an MAI commercial real estate appraiser who owned a business for over 30 years. He was in numerous professional organizations.

Throughout his life, Gary was actively involved in his children’s activities and community organizations. He was a lifetime member of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. Gary was a proud member of the Rotary Club of Houston Heights since 1982, where he was a Paul Harris Fellow and served as President, Secretary, Program Chairman, Board Member and in many other capacities, locally and district wide.

There was never a guy who loved the outdoors more than Gary.  More specifically, being in the outdoors while hunting for whatever was in season or sailing a boat full of his family (and scaring the tar out of some of them). Gary was good at natured and a true survivor! We joke that he was (Mostly) Always Prepared!

Perhaps, one of Gary’s most natural and perfect roles in life was that of “Grandpa-pa”. He was just so darn good at it and every one of his grandchildren believe that he hung the moon.

Gary made this world a better place in many ways but mostly, he just made the people fortunate enough to have known him want to be and do better!

Team: Gary’s Gladiators- Gary’s Loving Memory