Game Warden William Barry Decker

Game Warden William Barry Decker

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Law Enforcement Division, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, May 26, 1990

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William Barry Decker

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.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 17 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned

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28 years this weekend...........WOW!! What a day it is in heaven! Just this weekend I have encountered many who remember you and the stories are still so great. It is sad to think that the ones who knew you best are starting to live in their last years here on earth. Brad and I will never let your spirit die. I talked to two local wardens on the 26th at the lake (I always make myself go on the water on this day each year) and the first thing they asked me was my dad Bruce or Barry. You are a legacy:) I made sure to tell them to be careful because they need to go home to their families.
You now have four grown granddaughters, three great grand children and little Barry who is not so little any more. He will be a sophomore this next school year and is a very impressive athlete. Devine has a little girl that is a year, Kelsey has a little boy that is a year, and Kolebi (softball coach and science teacher) just recently had a little boy (2 1/2 weeks). Kasadi is still wandering and figuring out life as she enters the medical field as a wonderful caring nurse. I know you are filled with pride and joy as you look down on the life you are missing out on here on earth. We couldn't be more blessed with such a great guardian angel.

David Hodges

May 28, 2018

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