On July 21, 1901, Homer Garrison Jr. was born in Frankston, Texas. He advanced in the ranks of law enforcement in Texas to be one of the most revered in the state.
The family moved to Angelina County, where his father served as district clerk. Homer Jr. graduated from Lufkin High School and took the county’s deputy sheriff role at age 19.
As an adult, Garrison joined the Texas Highway Patrol when it was organized in 1930, and became director of the Department of Public Safety (DPS) and colonel of the Texas Rangers in 1938.
During a distinguished 38-year career with the DPS, Garrison developed major programs including law enforcement training and communications, crime prevention, traffic safety, and education.
Garrison also helped secure a headquarters building and museum for the Texas Rangers in Waco.
Honored for his outstanding contributions to the state of Texas, Garrison was buried at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin upon his death in 1968.