Perry Wayne Calvin was a firefighter with Navarro Mills Volunteer Fire Department and Mertens Volunteer Fire Department. He served both departments wholeheartedly, and his passion for this service and helping others led him to pursue firefighter and EMT certifications. He wanted to turn his passion into a career, but the Lord took him home two weeks shy of graduation.
Perry was born January 18, 1976, in Dallas, Texas. He grew up in the small community of Emmett, just outside of Frost, Texas. He spent his youth helping his dad on the farm and showing calves through FFA and 4-H with his sisters and brother. After graduating from Frost High School in 1994, he held various jobs doing anything from mechanic work to driving trucks to construction, and at times still working with his dad on the farm. He was a man of many talents.
Perry lived life to the fullest and was passionate about everything he did. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, horseback riding, and especially rodeo. He spent a few years after high school riding bulls when he had time. Later in life he spent several years bullfighting, primarily at youth bull riding events throughout central Texas. He loved working with kids and youth and always had a desire to help others in any way he could.
Perry met his wife, Becky, in January of 2002, and they were married on October 19 of the same year. About a year and a half later they started their family and had their first of two sons, Wyatt. Almost four years later they had their second son, Preston. Perry loved his family entirely and was so proud of his sons. He planned to teach them everything he knew. Two weeks before his death, Perry and Becky found out they were expecting a third child. Perry was very excited to be having another child and had hopes for a girl. Presley Wreanne was born on November 13, 2013, and although Perry was not there in person, we know he was there in spirit and was a proud father once again.
Perry is survived by his wife of ten years, Becky Calvin; sons, Paul Wyatt Calvin, Preston Wade Calvin, and Weston Wills; daughter, Presley Wreanne Calvin; parents, Phil and Cindy Calvin; brother, Wes Calvin and wife, Emily; sisters, Penny Calvin and Page Calvin; and grandmother, Edna Calvin. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Perry left a lasting impression on all those lucky enough to have him in their lives. He was one of a kind and will be missed greatly but never forgotten.