Harold Dean Priest

March 5, 1937July 25, 2018

Harold Dean Priest, 81, of Gonzales, Texas passed away on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at his residence.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at 10:00 am at Buffington Funeral Home in Gonzales, Texas with Pastor Matt Pennington officiating. Visitation will be from 9:00 am until 10:00 am on Saturday at the Funeral Home.

Harold was born on March 5, 1937 in Borger, Texas. He was the son of Herbert Houston and Rena Evelyn (McKinney) Priest. Harold served in the US Marine Corp from 1953 until 1955. He married Karon Bush on July 7, 1988 in Las Vegas, Nevada. He liked to tell stories, and even had a granddaughter believing that he was the one who trained Shamu the whale. He liked to go fishing and spending time outdoors. he played pool and craps and liked to go dancing. He had coffee each morning with the coffee club at the Rodeo Café. He was very family oriented and loved his family. he was a member of the opossum trot.

Harold is survived by his wife of 30 years, Karon, four sons; Harold Dean Priest, Jr. of Dallas, Texas, Gregory Darin Priest of Houston, Texas, Timothy Jordan Priest and his wife, Monti of Choctaw, Oklahoma, Byron Jordan Priest and his wife, Jennifer of Camp Pendleton in San Diego, California, one daughter; Sherry Parish and her husband Tony of Alvin, Texas, two brothers; Eric Priest and his wife Cindy of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Mark Priest and his wife, Robin of Miami, Oklahoma, eleven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews, and very special friends; Kim and Mark Stozier. He was preceded in death by his parents; Herbert and Rena Priest, one brother; Pete Priest, and one sister; Wanda Priest.

The family request memorials go ta a Charity of Choice.

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Jean Eaton

July 31, 2018

Dear Karon and Family,

I’m so sorry to hear this sad news. You and HP were the best neighbors the kids & I ever had. Trevor & I still talk about HP & the fishing pole going into the lake. He was one of the finest fellows I’ve had the privilege of knowing. I bet the angels are hearing some great stories!

God Bless
Jean Eaton

Stacy Embry

July 29, 2018

Mrs. Priest,
I'm so sad to learn of your husband's passing. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. ♡


Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28

Terry Campagna

July 27, 2018

Karon I am so sorry to hear about your husband. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Linda Roach

July 27, 2018

I am so sorry to hear of your husband's passing. My love and prayers are with your precious family!!

Debra Buckner

July 27, 2018

Karon I am so sorry to hear that HP passed. Such a sweet kind man. Every time I was around him he always had the funniest stories and the kindest grin. He will be missed. All my love and prayers for your beautiful family.


Candy Savoy Hudak

July 26, 2018

Karon and family,

I wanted to say I am so sad to hear of HP passing. I have fond memories of grandkid and school parties at your house in Willis. Visiting with HP was always a good time!!! I will continue to pray for comfort for your family as you grieve. May wonderful memories of this great man be with you everyday! Love you Karon!!!


Rhonda Hamrick

July 26, 2018

Karon and family,
I’m so sorry to hear of H P’s passing. You have always been in my thoughts and very fondly remembered. Bless you and in your sorrow know many are sending love your way.
Rhonda Hamrick