Mike Jernigan, 69, of Iraan, Texas, passed away Wednesday, September 1, 2021. A graveside service will be held at the Iraan Cemetery in Iraan, Texas, at 10am on Monday, September 6th.
Mike was born December 14, 1951, to Emmett and Mary Jernigan in Monahans, Texas. Mike graduated from Monahans High School in 1970 and was an accomplished athlete in multiple sports. His football career continued at Angelo State University and after graduation he began teaching and coaching high school football. His passion and love for horses led him to meet the love of his life, Mary Jo Hyde, who he married on November 29, 1974, in Ozona, Texas. He and Mary Jo moved to Iraan soon after and Mike began ranching full time. Mike and Mary Jo have two daughters, Regan and Landry, and enjoyed a 46-year marriage.
Mike held leadership positions, both volunteer and elected, in statewide and national agricultural organizations including American Sheep Industry (president), Texas State Predator Control Board (president), Texas Sheep & Goat Raiser’s Association (president), American Boer Goat Association, Producers Co-Op (board member), and American Rambouillet Association. Mike felt called to volunteer his time and efforts to help his fellow ranchers and to influence the agriculture industry in positive ways.
Mike was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend. He loved working on the ranch with horses and livestock and he also loved spending his free time with his wife, daughters, sons-in-law, and grandchildren. He loved to travel, watch rodeos, and go to all the various sports that his grandchildren were involved in. His grandkids were the light of his life; he drove hours to watch baseball tournaments, cheer competitions, football games, softball games, and basketball games – he did not want to miss a minute.
Mike is preceded in death by his parents Emmett and Mary Jernigan, father-in-law Rod Richardson, father-in-law Jack Hyde, and grandson Cy Crump. He is survived by his wife, Mary Jo Jernigan, daughter Regan Crump and husband David, daughter Landry McNeese, grandsons Carter, Cole, and Creed Crump, granddaughters Berkley and Tenley McNeese, sister Rhonda Hogan and husband Bob, brother Jay Jernigan and wife Nita, mother-in-law Marie Richardson, sister-in-law Ann Giardini, sister-in-law Jackie Edwards and husband John, and numerous nieces and nephews that he thought the world of.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to:
American Lung Association in Texas, Dallas
8140 Walnut Hill Lane, Suite 106
Dallas, TX 75231