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Game Warden William Barry Decker | Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Law Enforcement Division, Texas Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Law Enforcement Division, Texas

Game Warden

William Barry Decker

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Law Enforcement Division, Texas

End of Watch: Saturday, May 26, 1990

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 43

Tour: 17 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Drowned

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Game Warden Decker and Game Warden Bruce Hill both drowned after being thrown from their patrol boat when it hit a submerged stump on Lake Murvaul, in Panola County, at approximately 10:00 pm.

Game Warden Decker had served with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for 17 years. He was survived by his daughter, son, and four grandchildren.

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Game Warden Franklin Bruce Hill
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Law Enforcement Division, Texas
End of Watch: Saturday, May 26, 1990
Cause: Drowned

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A long time ago, I heard a quote. “When you die, who will show up at your funeral? This would be a testament to the life you led.” There were so many people that came to his funeral that they could not fit in the church, they had to stand outside. There was such a diverse group of people that came to pay their respect for such a fine man and officer, people such as; family, friends, and the law enforcement community. I was even told that people he had even arrested, at one time or another, came to pay their respect.

I have tried to live my life in a way you and the rest of my family would be proud of. I have been married now going on 16 years and have a beautiful 12 year old daughter, and I love them unconditionally as you loved yours. I wish my daughter and your grandchildren were able to know you as well as your children, nephew and nieces knew you.

You will always be missed, but never forgotten.

Your Nephew,

SSG Gary W. Decker
US Army (Retired)
January 28, 2016

 

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