|Birth: ||Nov. 30, 1932|
|Death: ||Nov. 14, 1994|
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.
Parklawn Memorial Gardens
Created by: Janice Williams Langley
Record added: Feb 21, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 18012441