Jack Brunson, 88, former judge, dies

Former Presidio County Commissioner and Judge Jack Walter Brunson died May 22, 2015, in Big Bend Regional Medical Center at the age of 88. He was born on Oct. 4, 1926, in Ballinger, Runnels County, the son of Bessie Jackson Brunson and Aubrey Brunson. He attended Dry Ridge Rural School and graduated from Ballinger High School in 1944 mid-term. He joined the US Navy after high school and served in World War II from 1944 until 1946. He married Ferald Parker on July 21, 1949, in San Angelo where they lived until 1951 when he entered the Border Patrol. They lived in El Paso, Las Cruces, NM, Presidio, Sanderson, Stockton, CA, Chula Vista, CA, Presidio ( a second time), Fort Stockton, Marfa, El Paso (a second time), and then back to Marfa in 1978 where he lived out the rest of his life. After retiring from the Border Patrol, he worked for the City of Marfa managing the golf course, and served on the boards for Presidio County Appraisal District and the Big Bend Community Action Agency. He was elected to the Texas Silver Haired Legislature, as a Presidio County Commissioner and served as the Presidio County Judge Every place they lived was an experience, and while the location might not have been ideal, they carried with them fine memories and wonderful friendships, which have provided them joy and lasting love throughout the years. Jack never met a stranger and loved sharing his experiences with many. He was preceded in death by his wife Ferald, parents Bessie and Aubrey Brunson, sister Juanita (Sis), brothers A. W. (Son/Salty) Brunson and Roy Brunson, sister Dorothy Habersang; brothers in-law Albert Sheldon and Russell Habersang, and sisters in-law Azelle Brunson and Sissy Brunson, two daughters, Brenda Kay and Carol Ann; and daughter in-law Emily Woodward Brunson. He is survived by sister Faye Brunson Sheldon of San Angelo, brother in-law Luther Parker and his wife Janice of Ballinger, daughter Paula of Austin, son Stephen and his wife Dawn of Marfa, grandson Skyler Brunson and his fiancé Kaitlin Rangel of Harper, granddaughter Cheyenne Brunson Anderson and her husband John David, great grandson Kody Daniels and great granddaughter Sophia Anderson of Fredricksburg, many nephews, nieces, grand nephews and nieces, great nephews and nieces, and a great group of friends all over the world. A memorial service will be in Marfa Aug. 8. Jack was a loving husband, father, and friend who enjoyed his time here celebrating life and had a great love of dancing, fishing, hunting, telling stories, and caring for and about the people of Presidio County. He will be missed. The family requests any memorial donations be made to the Fraternal Order of Border Patrol Officers, Special Olympics, or the charity of choice.
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