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    A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION to memorialize and honor Don Pacey.


     , read first time and referred to Committee on


First Regular Session 112th General Assembly (2001)


    A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION to memorialize and honor Don Pacey.

    Whereas, throughout much of his life, Don Pacey owned a building contracting business and maintained a very demanding schedule. However, at the age of 57, ill health forced him to retire to a slower-paced lifestyle;

    Whereas, while adjusting to his new lifestyle, Don was introduced to the art of wood carving by his son in 1986. Although he never had any training, Don experimented with wood carving and found he had an inherent aptitude for the art;

    Whereas, Don carved his first work, a mallard, entirely with a pocketknife. Having thoroughly enjoyed this work, he continued carving and began selling his pieces to fund the purchase of new tools;

    Whereas, in 1990, Don began entering his carvings in the novice division of major decoy-carving competitions. His success was instantaneous, winning best of show at the California Open and first place, best of species, at the Ward Foundation World Competition;

    Whereas, in 1991, Don stepped up to the intermediate division and once again his success was staggering.

Entering five carvings at each competition, each of Don's pieces placed first, second, or third or received honorable mention at every show;

    Whereas, in mid-1991, Don moved up again to the master division. Competing against the world's best carvers, Don continued winning awards at this level. Recognizing that the ususal path from novice to master carver takes ten years, Don's achievement of this status in only seven years without any formal training was unique;

    Whereas, the highest honor to be bestowed upon a wood carver is the designation as "World Class Bird Carver". This title is determined by the number of carving awards and Best of Show medals won by a carver. In 1993, Don achieved World Class designation; and

    Whereas, throughout his career, Don enjoyed sharing his gift with others. Each year, he donated a world-class carving to the Seymour Chapter of Ducks Unlimited for their annual fund raiser. In addition, Don generously shared his knowledge and techniques, giving lessons to others who were interested in the art of wood carving: Therefore,

Be it resolved by the Senate of the General Assembly

of the State of Indiana, the House of Representatives concurring:

    SECTION 1. That the Indiana General Assembly memorializes and honors Don Pacey for his lifetime achievements. His accomplishments as a World Class Bird Carver are inspiring to us all.     SECTION 2. The Secretary of the Senate is hereby directed to transmit a copy of this Resolution to his wife, Bettie Pacey; and their children, Larry and Theresa.