Born: September 20, 1928
Died: December 06, 2011
Garner, Dr. Meridon Vestal “Zeph”
Dr. Meridon Vestal “Zeph” Garner passed away on December 6, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana where he had lived for four years with his daughter and son-in-law after his wife Audrey passed away.
He was raised in Alpine, Texas and was a 45 year resident of Denton County, living in Denton and Sanger since 1963 and was a retired professor of mathematics at the University of North Texas. Born in Belton, Texas on September 20, 1928 to Claude Roger Garner and Willie Jeannette Garner, Zeph had one older brother, Claude Jr. His father worked for the railroad and moved his family to Alpine in far West Texas, where Zeph graduated from Alpine High School in 1946. He joined the Marines after graduation and after his discharge in 1948 was recalled in 1950 and served during the Korean War.
He met his future wife, Audrey Jane Young, while he was in school at Sul Ross State College in Alpine and they married in 1955.
After their wedding, Zeph worked as a high school teacher and assistant coach in Van Horn, Texas while working on his degrees. He studied at Sul Ross State College, Texas Tech, Michigan State, and North Texas State, receiving a doctorate in mathematics. He accepted a teaching position at North Texas in Denton in 1963, telling Audrey not to put down roots as it was just a temporary job. They stayed until they were parted by her death in 2008 after 53 years of marriage.
Their three children are David Lee Garner, Nikie Lynn Garner Cotter, and James Patrick Garner. They have three grandchildren – Kenneth William Cotter, Morgan Elizabeth Garner, and Analee Meridon Garner.
As a charter member of Denton Elk's Lodge 2446, Zeph developed many deep and lasting friendships. His last trip to Texas was in 2010, where he attended the charter member's dinner. A private graveside service will be held at the Sanger Cemetery and will be followed by his memorial to be held at the Elk's Lodge on Saturday, January 21, 2012. The Elk's ceremony will begin at 3:00 pm with a memorial and reception immediately following. Coker Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements