Carl “Roger” Gallatin, age 80 of Madison, Indiana and Fort Myers, Florida, died Sunday, October 27, 2019 in Madison. He was born on April 21, 1939 in Sorento, Illinois to John and Delene (Sharp) Gallatin, who preceded him in death. As a 1957 graduate of Granville Wells High School in Jamestown, Indiana, he went on to Indiana State University. He married his high school sweetheart, Elizabeth “Carole” Harting, on June 26, 1960 in Jamestown. To this union were born three children, Holly, Kim, and Roger.
He obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Education in 1962. He completed his graduate work at Indiana University Bloomington with a Master’s Degree (’67) and Education Specialist Degree (’82) with concentrations in industrial technology, physical education, health, and driver’s education. Employed at Madison Consolidated High School from 1962 to 1997, he primarily taught industrial arts and coached a number of sports. He was the head football and track coach from 1966 to 1977. He enjoyed the success of six winning football seasons and holds the only MCHS Hoosier Hills Conference championship in 1973. He served as assistant principal from 1977 to 1988. He led MCHS as principal from 1988 until 1997 guiding MCHS through an extensive remodeling project before his retirement.
He was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity while at Indiana State University and played on the Indiana State University football team. He graduated from the Indiana Principal’s Leadership Academy. He served as president of the Hoosier Hills Athletic Conference in 1996-97. He contributed as member of the Madison Parks Board from 1982-1994. He was a member of the Madison Community Foundation, Kiwanis, Elks Club, Madison Retired Teachers’ Association, Indiana Secondary Principal’s Association, United Way, and a NUMC youth group sponsor. He enjoyed contributing to the Madison 10K Race registration and finish line judge. One of his proudest accomplishments was his contribution to the founding of the Madison Educational Foundation which supports academic teams. In his honor, the Roger Gallatin Academic Spirit Award is given annually to a MCHS academic team participant. He attended North United Methodist Church in Madison and Fort Myers Christian Church in Florida.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Carole Gallatin, whom he enjoyed fifty-nine wonderful years with; three children, Holly (Mark) Moore of Carmel, Indiana; Kimberly (Keith) Mahoney of Madison, and Roger Gallatin of California, Kentucky; eight grandchildren, Audrey (Matt) Swiderski of Denver, Colorado, Mitchell Moore of Carmel, Kenton Mahoney of Madison, Kyler Mahoney of New Albany, Indiana, Kindsey Mahoney of Harper, Texas, Kaitlyn (Eric) Sowder of Ludlow, Kentucky and Hannah and Gabriel Gallatin of Walton, Kentucky; one great-grandchild, Mila Sowder; one brother, Ronald (Sarah) Gallatin of Elwood, Indiana. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Delene Gallatin and two brothers: Gene (California) and Jack (Elwood).
He enjoyed playing golf, watching sports, particularly football and basketball, and maintaining his vegetable garden. Most recently, he enjoyed Fantasy Football with family called “Peepaw’s Posse.”
Pastor Mark Condrey will conduct funeral services on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 7:00 pm at Lytle Welty Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, Vail Chapel, 117 Holt Drive, Madison’s Hilltop. Visitation will be held from 3:00 pm until the time of the service on Wednesday.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Madison Consolidated Schools oratorical Custer Contest or the Madison Educational Foundation supporting MCHS Academic Competition teams.
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