Weatherford Democrat

May 17, 2013

Rev. Dr. Byron A. Lamun


Weatherford Democrat

— Rev. Dr. Byron A. Lamun, 78, of Weatherford, died Wednesday morning, May 15, 2013, at his residence.

The service celebrating his life is 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 20, at Central Christian Church, Weatherford. Interment will follow at Restland Cemetery in Dallas at 1:30 p.m. Visitation is 4-6 p.m. Sunday at Central Christian Church in Weatherford and immediately following the graveside at Community Christian Church, 1300 Holly, Richardson.

Dr. Lamun was born Feb. 26, 1935, in Shawnee, Okla. The ever-jovial Byron Lamun was loved throughout his life as the big-hearted, empathetic minister/counselor who never outlived his joy-filled schoolboy humor. He had the innate ability to find the best in people. A gifted musician, with expertise as both director and arranger, Byron was cherished for his comforting bass voice. Professionally, Dr. Lamun was renowned as an innovator in the field of marriage and family counseling. He was a pioneer in the area of ecumenical counseling, bringing together different congregations to provide mental health counseling for their members. Byron also found delight in the outdoors, particularly the Rocky Mountains, and its streams where he enjoyed his passion for fly fishing. In addition, he was a licensed pilot and enjoyed the exploration of the skies.

Dr. Lamun received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma in music, where he was a member of Sigma Nu. He also earned a Masters of Divinity, Masters of Theology and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. He was an ordained minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and was ordained at his home congregation, Crown Heights Christian Church. in Oklahoma City. 

Byron served congregations at First Christian Church in Plano, First Christian Church in Shawnee, First Christian Church in Arlington and served as an interim minister at First Christian Church in Creston, Iowa. As a pastoral counselor specializing in marriage and family therapy, he earned Diplomate status in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. He was also recognized as a Fellow in the Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. He was a founding partner of the innovative Willow Creek Psychiatric Center in Arlington, which specialized in care for adolescents. 

Ten years ago, “Dr. Byron” and his wife, Mary Lee, founded New Beginnings Counseling Center in Weatherford. The work of this center has been important in the lives of men, women and children in Weatherford and surrounding communities. 

He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Mary Lee Lamun; their seven children and their spouses; 14 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by all of them.

Dr. Lamun is preceded in death by his father, Byron “Smiley” Lamun; mother, Opal Lamun; and one son, Blair G. Loving.

In lieu of flowers, the family invites memorial gifts to “The Rev. Dr. Byron A. Lamun Memorial Scholarship Fund” at Brite Divinity School at TCU for the ongoing legacy of ministers with education in pastoral care. Gifts can be made to Brite Divinity School with a memo to Byron’s fund. The address is Brite Divinity School, TCU Box 298130, Fort Worth, TX 76129.

Galbreaith Pickard Funeral Chapel