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.
Published on July 1, 2019