Jack Dale Stevens, 78, passed away at home in La Grange, Texas on Tuesday, March 15, 2022.
Jack was born on July 15, 1943 in Wharton, Texas.
In 1962, Jack (or “Jackie” as many friends and family called him back then) graduated from Yoakum High School. After graduation, Jack entered the workforce and he worked a variety of jobs in several towns before settling into the insurance and securities business in La Grange Texas in 1983.
Whether you knew him as Jack, Jackie, Dad, Pawpaw, Papa Jack or Uncle Jack, you always knew you could count on a huge, welcoming smile and his vivacious spirit. He would never let you arrive or leave without a great, big hug. Jack called all the ladies in his life darling,’ and didn’t miss a chance to tease his grandkids, asking whether they had a girlfriend or boyfriend. It goes without saying that Jack was a romantic. At a young age, he met the leading lady of his life, Betty, and after 57 years of marriage, he never lost his schoolboy crush.
Jack loved hunting, fishing, and the comradery that went with it. To him, there was nothing better than sitting by the campfire and making “big talk.” A regular at The Chevron in the mornings and Dairy Queen in the afternoons, Jack loved socializing with friends over cups of coffee. He enjoyed meeting people, socializing and could “cut a rug” with the best of them. If you needed something, Jack was always the first to step up with his heart of gold. To know Jack was to love him, and he will always be remembered by his favorite line of “I am glad you got to see me.”
He is survived by his wife, Betty (Hermes); his children, daughter Carol Gunn and husband John of Houston, son, Troy Stevens and wife Diana of La Grange; his grandchildren, Chris Gunn and wife, Brittany of Kingwood, Peter Gunn and wife, Lauren of Houston, Lily Gunn of Austin, Austin Demny and wife Lindsay of Athens, AL, Jessica Demny of Spicewood and Madelynn Stevens of College Station; his great-grandchildren, Shep Gunn, Penny Gunn and Eliza Demny; sisters, Vickie Kolterman of Kyle, Kathy Milner and husband Russ of Yoakum and Leigh Ann Kvinta and husband Charles, Jr of Yoakum.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Frances (Weaver) and H.V. Stevens, father-in-law, John W. Hermes and mother-in-law, Mary.
Memorial Services will be held at Fayette Memorial Funeral Home on April 9th at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hospice Brazos Valley, 1048 N. Jefferson St. La Grange, Texas, The Gardenia Jansseen Animal Shelter, 240 Svoboda Ln. La Grange, Texas or the charity of one’s choice.
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