Don Garland, TSP Pioneer dies at 63

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    Don Garland was instrumental in bringing TSP to Prude Ranch in 1982, and was a lead organizer for many years. He will surely be missed!

    A memorial service will be held on Friday November 10th, 10 AM at The Hills Church, 6300 NE Loop 820, North Richland Hills. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Texas Astronomical Society, McDonald Observatory, International Dark-Sky Association, or your local astronomy club.

    Don was a visionary on long-duration videography and developed the concept of star-motion background animation as seen in his 1988 TSP video.

    Don was planetarium director for the Noble Planetarium for many years, and a founding member of the Junior Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas (JTAS).

    Donald Roy Garland of Ft Worth, Texas, passed away Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at his home in Fort Worth.. He was born on 24 Mar 1954 in Tarrant County, to Walter Garland and Carroll (Ingle) Garland. Don is survived by his wife Shelly and two children Ian and Jennifer, and brother David.

    Don Garland

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    Among many of Don’s passions was solar eclipses.
    While under hospice care, he was able to see the August 2017 eclipse in Fort Worth.

    Here is a Facebook link to an Asana Hospice & Palliative Care article and photos of Don:

    John Wagoner

    When I heard that Don had passed, I was stunned, absolutely stunned. and then there were many expletives deleted. That’s because if you look at that picture, that is me in the back middle. That is how long I have known Don Garland. AND HE IS YOUNGER THAN I AM. This somehow just doesn’t seem fair. Such a kind, gentle soul taken from this planet when we need them most. He will be missed.


    Here is a photo of Don, taken in 2013 at a FWAS meeting in the Noble Planetarium. (Thanks to Fort Worth Astronomical Society for photo.)

    Don Garland

    John Love

    I just heard about Don. Too sad…he will be missed. I first met Don at the planetarium back around 1967. I remember Don and others talking about having a star party in Texas at “Quick Straws” after the FWAS meeting.

    John Love

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