Donor Stories

Mary Ann Rao Lancaster's brotherHonoring Family Memories With a Legacy Gift

Mary Ann Rao Lancaster has spent her entire life caring about the wild things and wild places of Texas. Her rural upbringing helped inspire her conservation ethic, which is why she has made a decision to support Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation (TPWF) with a legacy gift.
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Texas green jay birdA Quiet Admirer of Public Lands Leaves a Remarkable Legacy

Rita Jo Poe spent the latter years of her life crisscrossing the western US in her Airstream trailer. A nature lover and accomplished photographer, Rita dedicated her final years to living among the iconic landscapes and wildlife of America’s national and state parks and wildlife refuges. Now, Rita’s love of wild things and wild places is memorialized through an astonishing legacy.
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Sharon LoutPaying it Forward

Growing up on the Gulf Coast, some of Sharon Lout's fondest memories are of the outdoors, like teaching her brothers how to bait fishing hooks and searching for shells on the beach near her childhood home.
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Wayne CollinsTaking Care of Texas for Future Generations

Wayne Collins credits his love of the outdoors to his boyhood experiences in scouting. As a Boy Scout, he participated in camping and canoe trips that laid the foundation of his conservation ethic.
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George BristolSupporting the Next Generation of Park Leaders

George Bristol has spent most of his adult life devoted to parks. In 1961, he was a student at the University of Texas and took a summer job on a trail crew at Glacier National Park.
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Dean ParsonsHelping Create a New State Park

Dean Parsons grew up in Palo Pinto County, about 75 miles west of Fort Worth. As a boy he explored the hills and canyons of Wiles Canyon, part of the Palo Pinto Mountain Breaks.
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Robbie DavisLeaving a Land Legacy

For some Texans, family land and property may be one of the most significant assets they possess. Considering what will happen to your real estate after your lifetime is an important decision to make.
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