Del Ray Mounts, 79, died on Sunday July 28, 2019, at St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City. He was born on March 17, 1940, in Beaver, Okla., to Samuel & Nellie (Albright) Mounts.
He married Sharon R. Wilson and they enjoyed 61 years of marriage together.
Del Ray graduated from Perryton, Texas High School in 1958. He went to Texas Tech University on a baseball scholarship and walked on the basketball team. His sophomore season he was rewarded a basketball scholarship and led the team in scoring the next three seasons. After graduating with his business degree, he moved to Bartlesville, Okla., and was a member of the renowned Phillips 66ers, an amateur powerhouse that won multiple AAU national championships. He is a member of the Texas Tech Hall Of Fame and the Southwest Conference Hall Of Fame.
After his playing career he moved to Garden City to work with Phillips 66 for 2 years and then moved to the corporate office in Denver. While in Denver he was instrumental in starting the Centaur Youth Organization, a training program for youth in football, baseball and life. He returned to Garden City to become owner-operator of Mounts Oil Company, which had three filling stations and a bulk fuel and oil division. In Garden City, he coached many youth basketball and baseball teams.
He was a member of the First Southern Baptist Church, past president of Southwind Country Club and Lions Club.
He is survived by his wife, Sharon Mounts; son, Del Ray Mounts Jr. and wife Karla of Wichita; brother, Duane Mounts and wife Norma of Perryton, Texas; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Marshall Dean Mounts.
Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at First Southern Baptist Church with Rev. John Harms officiating. Burial will be in Valley View Cemetery in Garden City. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Garnand Funeral Home.
Memorials are suggested to Finney County EMS or Finney County Meals On Wheels in care of Garnand Funeral Home. Condolences may be posted at www.garnandfuneralhomes.com.