H.R. No. 975
         WHEREAS, Citizens of Arlington lost an admired civic leader
  with the passing of former council member Franklin Eugene Patrick
  on September 8, 2012, at the age of 72; and
         WHEREAS, The son of Vertis and Martha Patrick, Gene Patrick
  was born in Cleburne on July 16, 1940; he moved to Arlington at the
  age of 11 and graduated from Arlington High School before going on
  to attend The University of Texas at Arlington; and
         WHEREAS, Mr. Patrick found employment with the Great
  Southwest Corporation after college and was a member of the
  original Six Flags Over Texas staff; this marked the beginning of a
  distinguished 30-year career as a creative executive for theme
  parks and entertainment venues around the world; known for his
  expertise in design, costuming, and animation, he rose to become
  vice president of Marriott's Great America parks before his
  retirement in 1985; he subsequently moved back to Arlington and
  founded his own companies, GP Show Productions and Showtek
  Corporation; his client list included Six Flags AstroWorld in
  Houston, the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Hershey's
  Chocolate World in Pennsylvania, and an indoor theme park in China;
         WHEREAS, For more than a quarter-century, Mr. Patrick was
  highly engaged in civic life, focusing particularly on downtown
  revitalization and the arts; he served three terms on the Arlington
  Planning and Zoning Commission and was president of the original
  Downtown Arlington, Inc., as well as a member of the Downtown
  Arlington Revitalization Committee; in 2003, he was elected to the
  first of five terms on the city council, a position that allowed him
  to work even harder for the betterment of Arlington; although
  health issues obliged him to resign in November 2011, he continued
  to follow matters of concern to the city and generously shared his
  knowledge with others; and
         WHEREAS, This dynamic Texan further served his community
  through the years as a Rotarian and as a member of the boards of the
  chamber of commerce, the Chamber Foundation, the Arlington
  Community Band, Theatre Arlington, the Arlington Museum of Art, and
  the American Heart Association; moreover, he served on the UTA
  Development Board and the UTA Liberal Arts Board; in 1999, he and
  his wife, Penny, purchased the former Chamber of Commerce building
  to aid the chamber's expansion into a new office complex and donated
  use of the building to Theatre Arlington for its administrative
  offices and education center; and
         WHEREAS, A man of great faith, Mr. Patrick was a valued
  member of First United Methodist Church for over 50 years and served
  as board trustee chair; he played trumpet in the band and orchestra,
  sang in the choir, and arranged the music for many church concerts
  and holiday events; and
         WHEREAS, Gene Patrick made a lasting, positive difference in
  Arlington through his vision and selfless commitment, and although
  he is deeply missed, his love for his community will continue to
  inspire his fellow citizens; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 83rd Texas
  Legislature hereby pay tribute to the memory of Franklin Eugene
  Patrick and extend sincere condolences to the members of his
  family: to his wife, Penny Jo Patrick; to his six children and four
  grandchildren; and to his many other relatives and friends; and, be
  it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for the members of his family and that when the Texas House
  of Representatives adjourns this day, it do so in memory of Gene
  Speaker of the House     
         I certify that H.R. No. 975 was unanimously adopted by a
  rising vote of the House on March 27, 2013.
  Chief Clerk of the House