Gerald W. Anthon, Jr., 69, of Nacogdoches, passed away May 18, 2023, in Nacogdoches. He was born August 10, 1953, in Rock Springs, Texas.
Gerald W. Anthon Jr. was born in Rock Springs, TX on August 10, 1953 to Mr. and Mrs. Gerald W. and Troylene Anthon. He passed away on May 18th 2023 in Nacogdoches, TX with his wife Christina at his side. Gerald was a Texas High School Class 1A State Tennis Champion and went on to later play in the National Junior College Championship Tournament while attending Schreiner Junior College in Kerrville, TX. He later played tennis at and graduated from Angelo State University in San Angelo, Tx. Gerald was a longtime high school math teacher and coach in Texas, (including Fort Stockton, Sabinal, Carrizo Springs, Del Rio, Uvalde, Calallen, Nacogdoches, Lufkin) New Mexico, Colorado, and Alaska. Gerald coached tennis, football, basketball, and track. Throughout his career he was recognized numerous times as an excellent teacher and coach. His most recent recognition was the 2020 Beulah and Sam Gill Lufkin High School Teacher of the Year Award recognizing him for his exemplary performance and commitment to excellence. Gerald was a gifted teacher and coach who cared deeply for his students and believed the core of education is the relationship between the teacher/coach and student/athlete. Through Gerald’s teaching and coaching he truly made a positive difference in the lives of his students. Gerald also earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of New Mexico and worked in the following business industries: propane, windmill, lawn/landscape and snow removal.
Gerald never met a stranger, always loved a good story and enjoyed hiking, hunting, skiing, sailing, the beach, time with his grandchildren, pets and cooking (his specialty was brisket, beans, and salsa). He was also forever tinkering with almost anything he could build, take apart and/or rebuild.
Gerald is survived by: Christina Sinclair is his wife of twenty years, his daughter Ashlee Pfeiffer (Rick), son Gerald Wayne Anthon III (Annalise) and five grandchildren: Riley Pfeiffer, Reid Pfeiffer, Archer Anthon, Ladie Anthon, Poppy Anthon as well as a niece and nephew.
Gerald is preceded in death by: Father Gerald Wayne Anthon, mother Troylene Van Pelt, stepfather George Van Pelt, brother Raymond Van Pelt, and sister Jacklyn Van Pelt Letney.
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