Gary Lee Lange

September 5, 1946January 22, 2021

Gary Lee Lange, age 74, of Temple, died peacefully on Friday, January 22, 2021 at a local hospital.

Gary was born on September 5, 1946 in Taylor, TX, to Clarence Max and Katie (Bachmayer) Lange. He attended St. Mary’s Catholic School in Taylor, TX where he graduated Salutatorian in 1964. He then went on to St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX where he earned a degree in Biology, with a minor in Chemistry, in 1968. He later earned advanced degrees from Prairie View A&M in 1979 and Tarleton State University in 1991 and 1996. Gary moved to Temple, TX in 1968 to start his first job as a teacher at St. Mary’s Catholic School. There he met the love of his life, Christine (Valley) Lange. They married at St. Mary’s in Temple on November 30, 1974.

Gary devoted his life to education, and sharing his love of learning. He touched many lives through his career as a science teacher, administrator, and board member. He was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and many service organizations in his community including the Knights of Columbus and LRA Lions Club. Gary’s favorite past times were playing golf, spending time with his grandsons, watching the Astros, Fighting Irish, and Texas Aggies, and talking with friends. Those that knew him would say that he never met a stranger. It brought him immense joy to run into former students, friends, and colleagues while running errands and delivering flowers for Woods Flowers. He was also an avid gardener, often rescuing plants that others had given up on and bringing them back to life. Gary was preceded in death by his parents, father-in-law, Gerald Valley, and his son Ryan Patrick Lange.

He is survived by his wife, sister, Linda Lange of Austin, mother-in-law, B.J. Valley of Temple, son, Justin Lange and wife Kelli of College Station, daughter, Katie Turnley and husband Brian of College Station, and two grandsons.

A private interment will be held at Taylor City Cemetery. A celebration of life will be held in the future when it is once again safe to gather.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Texas A&M Foundation, 401 George Bush Drive, College Station, TX 77840, or online at Please reference Gary Lange Memorial.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Phil Leibowitz, Jr.

February 3, 2021

Chris and Family, please accept our deepest sympathies for the loss of your sweet Gary. He was a tremendous individual! Let your shared memories give you strength in this special time ahead.
May God Bless You All!
Jo Ann & Phil Leibowitz, Jr.

Sandra (Heller) Jones

February 2, 2021

I had the privilege of being one of Mr. Lange's first students when he taught at St. Mary's in Temple. He was our 5th grade teacher.
Shortly after I started attending public school in Academy I was quite surprised to find Mr. Lange would once again be my teacher.

He was one of a kind; a rare human being, an example for all. He was a dedicated, kind and caring soul, quick with a smile. It never mattered how much time had passed since our paths had crossed, he asked about my family was always genuinely interested in where life had taken me and how I was doing.

In all my days as a student and today as an adult, I wish everyone could be as blessed as I was to have a Mr. Lange for a teacher and example of pure goodness. He will be missed.

Rosa (Martinez) Hernandez

February 2, 2021

Dear Chris and family:
It is with a very sad heart I extend my condolences to you. He was such a fine, gentleman and teacher. He was such a kind and happy person. He loved our Lord. He loved you all dearly.

I remember him fondly during my years at Academy High School.

I am sorry to hear of his passing. May the peace of comfort be with you all. May he rest in peace in our celestial home.

Peace and Grace,
Rosa L Hernandez

Patricia Armstrong

February 1, 2021

I knew Gary from Rogers ISD. He was such a nice caring man. He was a great educator for Rogers. He always had a smile and was so friendly . I will treasure all my memories of Gary. May God grant your family peace during this time and cherish all your memories

Pat Armstrong

Stuart & Cindy Michalk

February 1, 2021

We are probably slightly partial but we think one of Gary’s nicest legacies is his family. Chris, Katie, Brian, Justin, Kelli, Beau & Hayes, we pray for your comfort & peace. We will always remember Gary’s smile, big heart & easy conversations. We are proud to call him friend.

Lonnie Shepherd

February 1, 2021

I have known Gary for many years. He always had a friendly smile and ready to talk. He will certainly be missed.

Michelle Savoie

February 1, 2021

He was the Greatest Principal Rogers School ever had! Many would agree. Respectful,Kind,Caring and Happy Person. He will be Greatly missed by many.

Ann Love

February 1, 2021

Mr. Lane was a great teacher and friend. Many funny times in Biology. He was always kind with a heart of gold. He will be missed. Prayers for his family.

Darla Craft

January 31, 2021

Mr. Lange will be dearly missed. He was a great man that definitely made an impact on many lives.

Kevin Sprinkles

January 31, 2021

Gary was one of the folks that made me feel so very welcome when I came to Academy ISD many years ago. Gary was truly a good person and an outstanding educator. I know he made a tremendous difference in the lives of many students. He sure made a difference in mine. Thank you Gary for being a friend.