2812 Midwestern Parkway,

Wichita Falls, TX 76308

Phone: (940) 692-1913

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Marshall Gearhart
September 2, 1922 - February 24, 2018

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Phil Arrington


Sad to see coach Gearhart passed away. I remember him like yesterday at RHS. He was my football and track coach.
Sunday, March 25, 2018


Brian Zarikta


My 3 children had various coaches during their athletic years. I always hoped they would have coaches/leaders like this man. People like him are few and far between.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018


Betty Ray

Wichita Falls, TX

What a great guy. He was so dedicated to his sweet wife. He was my former neighbor and former high school history teacher. He would stop often when I was in my yard just to chat a few minutes about his wife, his family, his hunting, his dogs, and his friends. He would usually be on his way to visit his wife at the nursing facility.
Friday, March 2, 2018


Bill Blythe

Lake Kiowa, TX

Bill met and coached with Coach Gearhart for 7 years at Rider High School in 1966. Bill had started his coaching in Seymour a few years before and knew of Coach Gearhart’s wonderful reputation! He felt blessed to be able to coach with him. We both enjoyed being part of the coaches and wives there.
Bill and Jill Blythe

Thursday, March 1, 2018


Georgia Ryan Hurley

Mt. Vernon, TX

Your Dad was special and has left a lasting influence on the many young people's lives he has touched. I still remember some of the stories about your Dad when my brother, Billy Ryan played for him and that was in 1957.

Georgia Ryan Hurley

Thursday, March 1, 2018



Wichita Falls, TX

There are people in my life that left a meaningful positive impact on me. Mr. Gearhart is in the top 5. Though it's been some 35+ years since I walked the halls of S.H. Rider high, I can remember Mr. Gearhart challenging me to stand up for myself and take responsibility for my actions. His words of wisdom ring true today. Thank you Mr. Gearhart. I'm a better man because of you.
Thursday, March 1, 2018


Bob Brotherton

Wichita Falls, TX

I’m sad to hear that Coach Gearhart has passed away. He an the other coaches were like fathers to all of us.
Thursday, March 1, 2018


Mike Ruth

Spring, TX

Rick, Marsha, Patti, & Don, your Dad left an indelible influence on my life. I will always be grateful for having had the marvelous privilege of being one of the countless renegades that Coach G molded the best he could. It was your Dad that first called me Scooter, & always made sure my chin strap was buckled as we ran the "dummy" offense against the first team defense my junior year. I have nothing but immense respect & heartfelt appreciation for such a great mentor. Thanks, Coach Gearhart, for everything you meant to all us Raiders! Class of '68
Thursday, March 1, 2018


Dave Styles

Wichita Falls, TX

Always admired Coach G!! Was a great example!! RIP Coach 🙏🏼
Wednesday, February 28, 2018


David Phillips

Fort Worth, TX

Patti, it is sad to hear about your Dad.
I have met you through FW Bar/Tarrant County courthouse business.

Life is a series of significant emotional experinces. Your Dad gave me one. My sophomore year in 1973 at Rider I was a troublemaker. Your Dad had seen me many times in detention. He had enough of it. He took me down to the smoke pit out back, told everybody to get out, then commenced to try out what he called his new, more aerodynamic paddle on me (it had bigger holes in wood). After about 4 licks across my butt, he said something like "Mr. Phillips, have you had enough?" As tears streamed down my face, I said "Yes Sir." Then I think he asked something like "Mr. Phillips, will I ever see you here in the smoke pit again under these circumstances?" I said "No Sir."

I never went back to the smoke pit my remaining years at Rider. Never got detention again either.

He was a life changer for me.

When I see him in Heaven, I hope he didn't bring his paddle. He may not think he was quite finished with me...

Wednesday, February 28, 2018


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