Jack W. Barron died Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017 at 87 years of age. He was born Jan. 20, 1930 in Handly, Texas, to Gladys and Bingley Barron. He was reared in Big Spring, Texas, and had a horse named Shorty and a dog named Toby. He sold the “Big Spring Daily Herald Evening Paper” on a street corner and was a boy scout.
At Big Spring High School, he followed his revered older brother, Bob, as football quarterback, with jersey number 22. He attended Howard County Junior College where he played basketball for coach Herold Davis. He graduated from Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, New Mexico. He was a four-year football letterman, 1950 all-conference quarterback and quarterback on a conference championship team in 1950. Later, he was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame. While at Eastern, he worked a couple of summers for the Santa Fe Railroad in Belen, New Mexico – and sent his folks a brand new refrigerator!
He was a rodeo clown.
He coached football briefly in New Mexico.
In 1957, he married a widow, Elizabeth Mason Bauman, and became the father of a four year old.
He received his master’s degree from North Texas State in Denton, Texas.
In 1959, the family moved to El Paso, Texas. Jack was employed as an account executive with KTSM TV for 32 years. His avocation was as owner of Coronado Cleaners. He was active in both state and international organizations. He bowled 300.
He was a past member of the Rotary Club of El Paso and a member of First Presbyterian Church.
He had a passion for golf, loved the mountains and skiing, reminiscing with old friends, and the one word that prompted the gales of laughter – that let the stories begin. He was an entertainer and a fabulous dancer. He like theatre – the UTEP Dinner Theatre, Spencer Theater and Broadway. Traveling with the International Dry Cleaning Congress was a must! Jack was unpretentious and kind!
He was the family photographer of 31 Prude Ranch camp rodeos.
Jack is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, his daughter Christine Bauman (husband David Mizener), grandchildren: Talor Mizener (Claire), Mackenzie Prude (Hunter), and Mason Elizabeth Mizener.
Celebrating Jack’s life with us were his nephews Mark Barron, Bruce Barron (California), Taylor Mason (San Antonio, Texas), Rich Welter (California), and special friend Wesley Smith (Denver, Colorado).
A private memorial service was held Sunday, Oct. 29, at 3 p.m. in the chapel of First Presbyterian Church with Pastor Neal Locke officiating.