Garlan Burk Moreland Sr., 73, of Friendswood, passed away on Monday, July 30, 2018. After a long battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis, Garlan’s body finally succumbed to the disease. He was born on August 8, 1944 in Houston, TX to parents Henry and Alice (Outwin) Moreland.
Garlan lived to take care of others. In the Navy as a SeaBee (Construction Battalion) during Vietnam and for 42 years at the Johnson Space Center he served our country as everything from a rescue diver for the Apollo program, to the Facilities Maintenance Director, to designing an ultra smooth floor and rigging for the International Space Station arm simulator. After that, he served as a firefighter with the Friendswood Volunteer Fire Department for 17 years.
However, this list of careers and accomplishments cannot begin to describe the impact this man had on his community and the people in it. Though Garlan would never claim to be a hero (and would, in fact, strongly deny it), to his family and friends and co-workers he was exactly that. At NASA and Friendswood Volunteer Fire Department, his focus was always on how he could help, who he could teach, and, of course, what he could fix. (And the truth is that he could fix anything—really, anything.) As a friend he was loyal and thoughtful and funny.
But from the moment his first child was born, there was never a doubt that his family would always come first. The most important roles in his life, the ones he was most proud of, were his roles as a husband, father, and grandfather.
Garlan is survived by his wife of 27 years, Pam, daughter Jolie and husband John, son Burk and wife Jaime, stepdaughter Robin and husband Toby, stepson John and wife Shannon, stepdaughter Holly and husband Britt, bonus daughter Megan and husband Jason, and 12 Grandchildren.
Friends are cordially invited to attend a visitation with the family at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, August 11, 2018 with a memorial service to follow at 2:00 P.M. at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546, (281) 992-7200, with Rev. Jerry Stark officiating. A reception will follow at the Friendswood Volunteer Fire Department (1610 Harold Whitaker Dr. Sta., Friendswood, TX 77546).
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Friendswood Volunteer Fire Department at www.friendswoodvfd.com.
Condolences may be sent to the Moreland family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.