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Durward Lynch
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Birth: Nov. 30, 1932
Texas, USA
Death: Nov. 14, 1994
Plainview
Hale County
Texas, USA

Birth Date: 30 Nov 1932 - Sulphur Springs
Death Date: 14 Nov 1994 - Plainview
Marriage Date: 12 Aug 1955
Spouse's Name: Holley, Toney
Military: Korean - US Army
Funeral Home: Wood-Dunning

Durward Lynch was a farm equipment manufacturer who kept a menagerie at Lynch Manufacuring Co. on the west edge of Halfway. He began collecting animals for his zoo as a hobby about 1970. He held a zookeeper's license.

Among the animals Lynch had in his collection were a rare black lobo wolf from Colorado, a Mexican timber wolf, a buffalo from the City of Matador, three types of deer, mountain sheep, 12 species of pheasants, racing and tumbling pigeons, two monkeys, a red fox, several varieties of chickens, a kinkajou (honey bear), raccoons, armadillos, squirrels, elk, Javelina, barbados, bobcat, porcupine and a chimpanzee.

The zoo was long a popular field trip destination for area school children.

He offered his animal collection to Plainview in the mid-1970 so the city could establish its own zoo in Running Water Draw Regional Park, which was in the planing stages at that time. The city voted it down.
 
 
Burial:
Parklawn Memorial Gardens
Plainview
Hale County
Texas, USA
 
Created by: Janice Williams Langley
Record added: Feb 21, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 18012441
Durward Lynch
Added by: Sandy Cantrell Lindeman
 
 
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- Sandy Cantrell Lindeman
 Added: Jun. 16, 2013

- Janice Williams Langley
 Added: Feb. 21, 2007
 
 
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