Gale Ponish and his wife Betty grew up in Karnes County Texas and are blessed with 2 children, 6 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. They worshipped at University from 1960-1980 and were a part of the McCarty Student Center when they attended Southwest Texas State Teachers College. They moved away in 1980 but were able to move back to San Marcos in the fall of 2012. Betty taught school for 44 years before retiring. Gale taught school for several years and worked for Otis Engineering Corp. in Texas and overseas. Gale became an elder for the University congregation in October 2015.