Harold Dean Priest, 81, of Gonzales, passed away on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at his residence.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 28 at 10 a.m. at Buffington Funeral Home in Gonzales with Pastor Matt Pennington officiating. Visitation will be from 9 - 10 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.
Harold was born on March 5, 1937 in Borger, Texas. He was the son of Herbert Houston and Rena Evelyn (McKinney) Priest. Harold served in the U.S. Marine Corp from 1953-55. He married Karon Bush on July 7, 1988 in Las Vegas. He liked to tell stories, and even had a granddaughter believing that he was the one who trained Shamu the whale.
He liked to go fishing and spending time outdoors. He played pool and craps and liked to go dancing. He had coffee each morning with the coffee club at the Rodeo Café. He was very family oriented and loved his family. He was a member of the opossum trot.
Harold is survived by his wife of 30 years, Karon; sons, Harold Dean Priest, Jr of Dallas, Gregory Darin Priest of Houston, Timothy Jordan Priest and his wife, Monti of Choctaw, Okla., Byron Jordan Priest and his wife, Jennifer, of Camp Pendleton in San Diego; daughter, Sherry Parish and her husband Tony of Alvin; brothers, Eric Priest and his wife Cindy of Broken Arrow, Okla. and Mark Priest and his wife, Robin of Miami, Okla.; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews, and very special friends, Kim and Mark Stozier. He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Rena Priest; brother, Pete Priest; and sister, Wanda Priest.
The family request memorials go ta a charity of choice.
To join the family in celebrating Harold's life and to offer words of comfort, please go to: www.buffingtonfuneralhomegonzales.com.