September 7, 1944 – November 20, 2019
Haskell Gray, age 75 of Carrollton, Texas passed away on Wednesday night, November 20, 2019 at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano in Plano, Texas.
Haskell was born on September 7, 1944 in Houston, Texas, a son of his father: Haskell Harvey Gray and his mother Nolia (Ward) Gray.
He married Vicki Pharr on November 26, 1966 in Lubbock, Texas.
He is survived by his wife: Vicki Gray of Carrollton, Texas.
His children: Jennifer (husband Michael) Trent of Tomball, Texas, Juliette (husband Lewis) Flanagin of Plano, Texas, and Justin (wife Sheila) Gray of Arlington, Texas.
Six grandchildren: Brendan Flanagin, Tyler Trent, Carolyn Trent, Jeremy Flanagin, Sarah Flanagin, and Jonathan Trent.
His brother: Don (wife Martha) Judd of Amarillo, Texas.
Special cousins: Jo Wester of Austin, Texas, Lee Tate of Wichita Falls, Texas, and Ann Funston of Wichita Falls, Texas.
Haskell was preceded in death by his parents.
Haskell was born to Haskell and Nolia Gray in Houston, TX. After World War II ended, they returned to his father’s hometown of Vernon, TX. He lost both his parents by age 13, so he had a special bond with older brother, Don, while being raised by his Grandmother and his Aunt, who had three daughters that he called “sisters.”
Haskell was a quick learner and an avid reader. He was at the top of his high school class and had the lead in the play, “Harvey,” which was ironic since his own middle name was also Harvey. He graduated from Vernon High School in 1962, Texas Tech University in 1966 with a BS in Electrical Engineering, and earned his MBA at SMU in 1974.
As a senior at Texas Tech, Haskell met Vicki Pharr on a blind date. Upon graduation in 1966, he was hired at Hewlett-Packard in Palo Alto, CA. On November 26, 1966, he married Vicki at the First United Methodist Church of Lubbock. They moved to Dallas in 1968.
Haskell worked as a sales engineer for Hewlett-Packard , Wandel & Goltermann, and Thorson Company. In 1984, he started his own business, Haskell Gray and Associates, specializing in IT sales and telecommunications. He had a wide range of clients, including NASA, SMU, and other large companies. After 33 years, he retired the business and continued working as a managing director for Eon Realty in their innovative 3D computer lab. He enjoyed bringing his grandson, Brendan, with him to Eon as an apprentice.
Haskell was an avid fan of classical music. He and his wife, Vicki, were co-founders of the Gray School of Music. All three of his children have doctorates in piano performance, and he was always their number one fan. People would often ask what he played and with a smile he’d say he “played the stereo.”
In his spare time, Haskell was a wonderful cook, especially grilling steak and hosting many dinners for special occasions. He loved the outdoors, especially the beach and camping; enjoyed watching football, being a Dallas Cowboys and Tech Red Raider fan; and also loved spending time with his three children and six grandchildren.
Haskell was a life-long member of the United Methodist Church. He was on the board at Lover’s Lane Methodist Church, where his daughters were married. He also attended the local men’s BSF Bible study for many years.
Haskell begin to experience health problems when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2010. For the last 14 months of his life, he showed his courage and strength to fight, battling West Nile Virus, cardiac surgery, and esophageal cancer.
Haskell was beloved by friends and family for his loving spirit, warm nature, sense of humor, generosity, and engaging personality.
A Memorial Service and Celebration of Haskell's life will be held on Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 11:00 AM at St. Andrew United Methodist Church. The service will be held in the main sanctuary. St. Andrew United Methodist Church is located at 5801 West Plano Parkway, Plano, Texas 75093.
Following the service, everyone in attendance is invited to Ted Dickey West Funeral Home, where a reception and lunch will be provided. Ted Dickey West is located at 7990 George Bush Turnpike, Dallas, Texas 75252.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests MD Anderson Cancer Center as a suggested charity.
Ted Dickey West Funeral Home in Dallas, Texas has charge of arrangements.
- MD Anderson Cancer Center
St Andrew United Methodist Church
5801 West Plano Parkway
Reception & Lunch to Follow
Ted Dickey West Funeral Home
7990 George Bush Turnpike
November 26, 2019
I knew Haskell for 10 years. We worked together on software sales. There was a time of about 2 of those years where I would go down to Texas and we'd hit the road together. I always enjoyed my time with Haskell. He was a warm face, always had a positive energy about him. And he was smart...really smart. I was always impressed with is ability to grasp and provide advice for any business situation. I will miss him most of all as a friend.
November 25, 2019
He was a great man. In the relatively short period of time I knew him, I grew to admire and respect him very much. He'll be missed.
November 25, 2019
I had the great pleasure of working together with Haskell for very close to the past 15 years. He was always a true professional and was cut from the old school sales rep block. The clients loved him and he always took great care to make sure they were satisfied at each step of the journey, he gave them his full attention at all times. He was also very tenacious which is a great asset for a sales person.
He never tired of learning new technology and had no issues to demonstrate any type of VR or AR equipment and many times he did the full instillation of Hardware himself, i think to make sure we didn't mess anything up.
Many memories come back and I recall many nice Texas trips together and his favorite stops (with Barbecue included of course) on the drive from Houston to Dallas. He also introduced me to the Papas chain in Houston where we enjoyed the seafood one the most between us I think and many good conversations.
Haskell, the EON family will dearly miss our interactions and working together on the next deal or just catching up.
To Haskell's family we want you to know how much we will miss him and may God give you comfort at this difficult time.
Thanks for sharing all the wonderful pictures!
November 25, 2019
To Haskell's Family,
I worked with Haskell at EON Reality for the past 9 years and am so sorry to learn of his passing. I knew he had a difficult time with the West Nile Virus which is about the same time he started to slow down working for EON, but had no idea of his additional ailments.
Haskell was a true professional and had a high standard of ethics and was a great sounding board for me - which I greatly appreciated when I first started with EON. I am honored to have known Haskell.
Since I only knew Haskell from the professional career standpoint, I have enjoyed reviewing pictures of him with his family on the website.
Haskell will be greatly missed and you have my deepest condolences. May God offer you peace and comfort through these difficult times.