John Mack Fortner


John Fortner of Huntsville, Texas passed away peacefully on June 9, 2019 at the age of 78. He is survived by his wife, Patsy Fortner, a daughter and son-in-law, Gayla and Scott Cook of Huntsville, and a son and daughter-in-law, John and Andrea Fortner, of Charlotte, NC. He was the proud grandfather of seven grandchildren: Shayne, Levi, Kenley, Amara, and Maryn Cook and Luke and Joel Fortner. He is further survived by his brother, Glenn Fortner of Grand Junction, CO, as well as many dearly loved cousins, nieces, nephews and other relatives. He will be fondly remembered by friends, family and countless former students as a loving family man, a great outdoorsman who was a charter member and first President of the Texas Outdoor Education Association, instructor in the Texas Outdoor Leadership School, Camp Director and instructor for the American Wilderness Leadership School, Education Director for Safari Club International, Executive Director for Dallas Safari Club, Camp Director and instructor for Camp of the Rising Sun for special needs children, distinguished educator and coach who served in Fort Stockton ISD, Corsicana ISD, Corsicana Christian Academy, Goodrich ISD and Huntsville ISD, and HEAP Director for 17 summers.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, July 6th at 1:00 pm at University Heights Baptist Church in Huntsville. In lieu of flowers, if desired, please make donations in John's honor to the Parkinson's Foundation or St. Jude's Children's hospital.
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Chad Grant
Jul 08, 2019
John was one of the best men that I was blessed enough to cross paths with in my life. He was a wonderful example of what a true Christian man was. He lived it all day everyday. What a beautiful family he and his incredible wife raised. John made a huge impact in my life by his example and I doubt he even knew it. Prayers to Mrs. Fortner, Gayla, Bucker and all their family.
Patti Woodall
Jul 05, 2019
So sorry for your loss. I have great memories of Camp of the Rising sun & church. Prayers to your family.
Mona Bartoshek
Jul 04, 2019
Such a gentleman who taught with kindness and lived as a real Christian. Not many more like him. He will be remembered by many. My sympathies to Patsy and Gayla.
Brad Crosswhite
Jul 04, 2019
What a great man, and positive influence, on many kids that were blessed to have Coach Fortner as our PE coach, and also witnessed him leading music at Northside Baptist Church many years ago. I know you will be missed by many. My sympathies to Mrs. Fortner and kids.
Blake Irving
Jul 02, 2019
Praying for the family, I remember seeing him around town and his wife was my PE coach at Huntsville elementary in mid 90s
Susan Smith Fulton
Jul 02, 2019
So sorry for you loss. Prayers for comfort and peace.
Michelle Toney
Jul 01, 2019
What a loss for the Huntsville community. To the family, please know he was well respected and his hard work for the kids was greatly appreciated.