Jack Alvin Perry-(Da-Daw) was born January 31, 1931, to Marguerite Gertrude Legate (Mi-Mi) and Dewey Moses Perry. He was born in Rankin, Texas. Jack was one of eight children born to Marguerite.
Jack Perry touched the lives of anyone he ever met. He believed in God, family, and having fun. He loved to laugh and cause others to laugh. He truly enjoyed life. He loved his family as much as he possibly could. He was a man that truly only needed others to be happy for him to be happy. He never met a stranger and was always trying to help others. He was a simple man and only required simple pleasures. He taught us all that friends and family are the important things in life.
Jack's faith in the Lord is lying all over his house. There are notebooks with his hand written sermons, with scripture that he composed when he gave the lesson at church. Songbooks with some of his favorite songs marked. Jack loved to sing and he loved to listen to others sing. He loved it when the kids would get a hymnal out and sing together. He loved to listen to his grandchildren sing. He loved to play and sing with his great grandchildren.
Da-Daw was also an accomplished artist. He created many beautiful oil paintings. He enjoyed sharing them with others. He also loved photos. He collected hundreds of pictures and enjoyed scanning and printing and sharing with anyone. His favorites were framed and covered the walls.
Jack was a member of the Church of Christ in McCamey. He attended school in McCamey and was a lifelong Badger fan. His love for sports was also a huge part of his life.
When he graduated from high school he joined the Army after the Korean conflict began. He was active duty from 1951 through 1953. He was an Army reserve until 1955. Jack was very proud of his service and spoke often of places he went and his comrades.
Shortly after his return he married the love of his life and his mate for life, Peggy Bonney Perry. They had been married fifty six years and ten months at the time of his passing.
Jack was employed by Shell Oil Company prior to their marriage. He gave Shell 38 years of loyal service. He was a lease operator on all their leases in the McCamey area but most of his career was operating the North Cross Devonion C02 injection. It was Shell Oil Companies first CO2 injection and it kicked off in 1972. He was very meticulous and very proud of his job. He was also always helping others learn. He loved his co-workers.
Jack shared his love for sports with a countless number of kids. He coached the Little League Indians for many years. He also coached pony league. He was a great coach that spent countless hours teaching kids. He always had an emphasis on having fun. He had great knowledge of the game and love sharing with others. Baseball wasn't the only sport he taught, but it was clearly his passion. He followed his children and grandchildren's sporting events throughout his life. He was a huge fan of their accomplishments. Jack was a very good athlete himself. He played all sports at McCamey High school and loved to tell stories. He liked telling of being a high 4 minute miler. He would tell stories of his races; how gutty you had to be to compete. Jack was probably best known for his boxing. He started in his teens and told of fighting men in their mid-twenties. He paid the price to become a very good fighter. He was very proud of his two-year Army boxing career-undefeated. His passion for the sport was shared with many. He opened a boxing club in McCamey and turned out many very competitive fighters. He was always about doing something for the kids and giving them a place to go.
Jack was also a very good carpenter, lure maker, and was one of those guys that could fix anything with bailing wire and duct tape. He also loved his yard. He loved beautiful green grass and all kinds of flowers. Many people were given a treat every Christmas. He loved a yard full of lights.
One of his best memories was the time he spent at the lake after his retirement. He had a trailer at Rough Canyon, Lake Amistad, and a pontoon. He was a happy man at the lake. He hadnât been able to go for several years but spoke of it often.
In summary, Jack Alvin Perry loved everything about life. He loved his Lord, his family, his friends, his job, his home, and helping anyone he could. Jack Perry-(Da-Daw) is our hero. We will love and miss him greatly but we know he is with family and friends that have gone before him. We will smile and hold them in our hearts, until we meet again.
Jack was preceded in death by his daughter, Connie Kay Perry; his sisters, Genevive (Gen) Anderson, Phyllis (Phyl) Fisher; brothers, Rex (Buddy) Perry, and Clyde Arnold Perry.
Jack is survived by his wife, Peggy Jean Perry of McCamey; daughters, Terri Hall of McCamey, and Becky Wilson and her husband Donnie of McCamey; son, Mickey Jack Perry and his wife Brenda of Iraan; sisters, Nancy Melton and her husband Lavoy of San Angelo, Shirley Farrington of Bronte, and Betty Graves and her husband Darryl of McCamey. Grandchildren Perri Briane Hall, Coy Ray Jack Hall, of McCamey, and Samantha Hall of Odessa, Christopher Ross Walker and his companion Megan Llanez, Clayton Keith Walker, Colby Jack Walker and his companion Selena Ramirez, Raeley Kay Wilson, all of McCamey, Dustin Jack Perry and his wife Kelli of Midland, and Jennifer Perry Ice and her husband Seth of Iraan; great grandchildren Cohen, Colton, Jordan Walker, Paisley Walker, and Harper Ice; and numerous nieces and nephews.