Garland Tetens

Garland Gene Tetens

Saturday, November 30th, 2019
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On Wednesday, November 27, 2019, Garland Tetens passed away at home along the shores of Lake Limestone.

Funeral: 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 3, at Wade Family Funeral Home, 4140 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington. Visitation: 6-8 p.m. Monday, December 2, at the funeral home.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, Garland would appreciate a donation to Texas Greyhounds Unlimited or your local animal shelter.

An avid fisherman and recently retired as a Tarrant County Deputy Constable, he was living out his dream to fish and enjoy life to the fullest. He was a devoted father, never missing a school event, a birthday, or holiday, and he embodied what a great Dad should be. This held true with his three grandchildren who loved him dearly and were just as excited about his lakeside retirement as him! “On a good day,” as he would say, he was a 6’10” teddy bear, and his heart was as big as he was, always ready to lend a hand, share a story, and brag about his children and grandchildren. Garland never met a stranger and he worked hard every day of his 46-year law enforcement career. He was a protector, a giver, and friend to all.

Garland was preceded in death by his father, Ray Tetens.

Survivors: He is survived by his mother, Jean; brother, Lee and his wife, Jane; ex-wife, Larka; daughter, Shannon; son, Josh and his wife, Kelly; his grandchildren, Patriot, Glory, and Maverick; nephew, Robert and his wife, Amy; and his beloved dog, Chewbacca.

Wade Family Funeral Home
(817) 274-9233
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, December 2nd, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Monday, December 2nd, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Wade Family Funeral Home
    4140 W Pioneer Pkwy
    ARLINGTON, TX 76013
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019 | 3:00pm
    Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019 3:00pm
    Wade Family Funeral Home
    4140 W Pioneer Pkwy
    ARLINGTON, TX 76013
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Tracy Estes Zehring

Posted at 05:09pm
I worked w Garland in the 1980’s at the UTA Police Dept. One could be very intimated by his very tall frame, but he was just the nicest guy ever. There were many angry customers that frequented the Parking Office, whenever Garland would step in the office the irate student or staff member always quickly calmed down. We had many good talks driving back and forth to the Bursars Office. RIP Garland. My sincerest condolences to Garlands family.

Craig Hutton

Posted at 10:01pm
Garland was my friend since high school. We both liked old cars, sports, and both loved our kids. His dry wit, quick smile, and his towering presence made Garland totally unique. He always made me laugh, he always made me feel welcome. Truly a great guy gone too soon! Our prays for the entire family. Craig and Susan Hutton

Jerome Albritton

Posted at 06:24pm
I would like to extend to the family my sincere and heartfelt condolences on your loss. My prayers will be with each of you in this time of sorrow. J.Albritton

Thomas McCarthy

Posted at 05:24pm
Garland was my trainer, my Sergeant and one of the best officers UTA ever had. He will be sorely missed by many. May He Rest In Peace. My condolences to his family, may God’s peace be with you as you morn the loss of your father, grandfather, Son and brother. The World will be lesser without him but God’s Kingdom has a strong man with a heart of gold. God’s peace to all! Tom McCarthy

Byrnes, Dilbecks, Dowdys, Piersalls, Schuettes

Posted at 04:39pm
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