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412 North 7th Street
GARDEN CITY, KS 67846
Phone: (620) 276-3219
Fax: (620) 276-2115
Del Ray Mounts

Del Ray Mounts

Sunday, March 17th, 1940 - Sunday, July 28th, 2019
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Del Ray Mounts, 79, died on Sunday July 28, 2019 at St Catherine Hospital in Garden City. He was born on March 17, 1940 at Beaver, Oklahoma the son of 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. During his Tech career he averaged 17.7 points per game and scored 1,346 points in his three seasons. He scored in double figures in 38 straight games. He was a two-time all Southwest Conference first team and a 2 time “Small All-American” honoree. After graduating with his Business degree he moved to Bartlesville, Oklahoma and was a member of the renowned Phillips 66ers, and 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. He once was asked about his basketball philosophy and said “I put up a lot of shots, now and then, one of them would go in. I kept shooting, shooting, shooting. My coach said keep shooting until it goes in. If it’s round and feels like leather, shoot it.”

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 which is a training program for youth in football and baseball and life. He returned to Garden City to become owner-operator of Mounts Oil Company which had 3 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 was preceded in death by his Parents and Son- Marshall Dean Mounts.

He is survived by his Wife- Sharon Mounts, Son- Del Ray & Karla Mounts, Jr. of Wichita, Brother- Duane & Norma Mounts of Perryton, Texas, 4 Grandchildren and 4 Great-Grandchildren.

Funeral Service will be at 10:30 AM 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 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM 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

Garnand Funeral Home 412 North 7th Garden City, Ks 67846 620-276-3219
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Gilbert and Nancy Varnell

Posted at 11:26pm
I always looked up to Del Ray as a great leader. He was so strong under pressure and a great athlete. I will always miss him.
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Randy Stewart

Posted at 10:19pm
Sharon , Del and family - sincerest condolences from Norma and me. Your home was always a welcome place and Del Ray was always there to join in our conversations and arguments about the latest hot topic. What a great friend, mentor and teacher during those impressionable days while I was growing up from a teenager to a young man. His loyalty and devotion were admirable and if there was anything certain, you always knew that the Mounts would be in the stands for every sporting event to watch their sons regardless of the location or the weather. May he rest in peace and know that he is smiling down upon all of you.
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Jon Rutter

Posted at 07:19am
Sharon, Del Ray & family: My condolences. Del Ray had a profound influence on my development as young athlete and person. I often recall his humor, insight, leadership and love - traits that I still try to emulate to this day. As you well know, the world lost a good man, but his influence continues on. I'm thinking of you in your day of mourning. With love, Jon Rutter.
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Tammy Becker

Posted at 08:48pm
Sharon & Del Ray, Jr,
I was so sorry to see the news of Del Ray's passing. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I have such fond memories of spending time with your family and know how much he loved you all. May you cherish all the beautiful memories.
Tammy Werner Becker
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Joyce McGaughey

Posted at 04:08pm
Sharon, Del Ray, Jr. & family - so sorry to hear about Del Ray. May God wrap his arms around and give you comfort at this time. He was such a nice guy. Joyce
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