Delbert Matlock, 85, of Crane, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, October 23, 2020, in Odessa, Texas.
Delbert was born on August 10, 1935, in Quincy, Kansas to Jesse Hubert and Ethel Booth Matlock. He graduated from Lamont High School in Lamont, Kansas and joined the National Guard.
He married the love of his life, Shirley Jean Bryant on May 12, 1957. They moved to Crane in 1965.
He began his career in the oilfield with Sinclair on October 22, 1962 and retired from ARCO Oil and Gas BP on March 31, 1995. Delbert was active for many years in the Crane 4-H program and was instrumental in helping and teaching numerous kids about taking care of their animals. Delbert had a love for animals of all types. He was known for raising the best hogs and chickens, and even raised honeybees for a while. Delbert was an excellent hunter, and for many years he was always at the deer lease with Shirley for most of hunting season.
Delbert had been active in the Girl Scouts of America when Kathi was younger, and a member of Oddfellows in his younger days. Delbert was especially known for his gardening skills. He had the best garden every year. He was always so generous to share with everyone what he had raised. Delbert was a Christian and a member of the First Baptist Church in Crane.
Delbert was preceded in death by his Parents, Jesse and Ethel Matlock; five brothers, Wesley Matlock, Lawrence Matlock, Orville Matlock, Aldan Matlock, and Jake Matlock; and three sisters, Eda Fern Mitchell, Marilyn Clark, and Carolyn “Kay” Mason.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Shirley Matlock of Crane; daughter, Kathi Warren of Crane; grandson Matthew Warren and his wife Marissa of Andrews; granddaughter, Jaice Salcedo and her husband Rodolfo of Crane; and 6 great grandchildren. He is also survived by three sisters, Doris Crowell of Springfield, MO, Ann Garr of Waxahachie, and Betty Griffith of Eureka, KS.
The family has requested a private service. Burial will be held in the Crane County Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Matt Warren, Rodolfo Salcedo, Kenneth Abbott, Lance Abbott, Jordan Nichols, and Kelly Nichols.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Shaffer-Nichols Funeral Home of Crane.