Terry was born on December 25, 1944 in Donna, Texas. He was a 1963 graduate of Donna High School and was part of the state championship football team. Terry went on to become certified as a laboratory technician, surgical technician, and an emergency medical technician. He worked at the Navasota Medical Center and Grimes County Hospital, and also worked as a physician assistant for a general surgeon for over 20 years. Terry volunteered as an EMT and served as an instructor for the local EMT and paramedic program.
In 1988, Terry followed his passion for the outdoors and joined the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. He worked as the Hunter Education Coordinator for 24 years until his retirement in 2012. During his tenure, he instructed at the Texas Game Warden Academy, and worked very closely with his fellow Hunter Education instructors throughout the state. Terry dedicated his time, passion and love for the outdoors with a heavy focus on hunter education and safety, both nationally and internationally. Terry volunteered his time teaching fellow volunteers and students who were seeking certification in hunter safety. For 25 years, he served as an officer for the International Hunter Education Association.
Terry served as a good and upstanding Master Mason for fifty-two years. In 2018, he was pinned with his 50-year service pin from the Navasota Masonic Lodge #299. His family, friends and fellow Masons were so proud of his accomplishment.
Terry is survived by his wife of forty-three years, Burna of Mountain City, son Larry D'Wayne Erwin and wife Edla of Cedar Park, daughter Kelle Michele Daigle and husband Steve of Humble, son Patrick Henry Frantzen and wife Erin of Fredericksburg, sister Tara Dittmann and husband Bill of Houston, brother Jimmy Allphin and wife Stacie of Spring, grandchildren Natasha Farnsworth, Dylan Frantzen, Ethan Frantzen, and Suzy Frantzen, great granddaughter Gemma and eleven nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly.
A memorial service will be held at Harrell Funeral Home on Saturday, September 5, 2020 at one o'clock. Services will be streamed live and can be found at www.harrellfuneralhomes.com under Terry's obituary/service information. There will be a short reception to follow after the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial donations be made in Terry's honor at www.texastheia.org, or to a charity of your choice. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the physicians and staff of Texas Oncology and Halcyon Home, LLC, in addition to the countless family, friends and neighbors that stood by them through this journey. They are forever grateful for each of you.
Harrell Funeral Home of Kyle
Kyle, TX 78640
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