H.E. “Pat” Maynard was born January 23, 1928 in Happy, Texas in Swisher County and went to be with his Lord and Savior Monday, June 4, 2018 at age 90. He graduated from Happy High School at the age of 17 and joined the Army. He married Helen Ruth Taylor on April 7, 1946. She joined him where he was stationed in Camp Stoneman near San Francisco, California where they lived until he was discharged from the Army.
They moved back to Happy and started farming. In addition to farming, he was employed by the United States Department of Agriculture ASCS and worked at the Tulia office in Swisher County and later became the County Office Director of the Randall County office in Canyon, Texas.
During this happy time in their lives, they were blessed with the birth of their 3 sons Mark, Glen, and Don. Besides his family’s activities, Pat’s favorite activities were centered around his love of flying airplanes. He learned to fly in high school and at one time owned his own Beechcraft Bonanza. He and Ruth have belonged to several social groups throughout the years; the Flying Farmers Organization, Pairs and Squares Square Dance Club, Tuesday Bridge Club, Joy Singers, and several others living a wonderful life with dear friends. Wherever they lived they have been active in church activities. Pat always knew that God led him through big decisions through his personal life and career, and was responsible for anything he ever achieved.
In 1975 Pat was transferred to the Texas State Office in College Station, Texas. During his time there, he traveled the state visiting every county office doing audits and appraisals of county offices. He also managed the emergency feed program and developed and instructed on taking aerial photographs of farmland and using these maps for measuring crop allotments required at this time instead of walking with measuring chains as previously done. In 1979, he was transferred to Washington D.C. While there, he served as Chief of the Loan Branch. He later became Director of National Appeals Division. In 1988, he was appointed a Senior Executive position by the Reagan Administration and became Director of Cotton, Grain, and Rice Division. In 1992, he became Director of the Kansas City Management Office from where all checks from the government are issued.
After 30 years of service, he retired June 30, 1993. They bought a home in Amarillo, Texas and joined the Coulter Road Baptist Church.
Pat was a wonderful and loving husband, father, and grandad that loved his family very much. He was a sixty plus years Master Mason member of Grand Lodge of Texas at Canyon and Past Master of the Happy Lodge at Happy, Texas, Kiva Shrine and the Scottish Rite member.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hurley and Eva Maynard and a sister, Billie Joe Agee. He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Ruth, three sons; Mark and his wife Gay of Tulia, Glen of Houston, Don and his wife Molli of Amarillo; five grandchildren; Jeff and his wife Tiffini, Chris and his fiancé Hayley all of Amarillo, Scott and his wife Irene, Tim all of Houston, Laci of Tennessee; ten great grandchildren; Rhett, Jake, and Will of Amarillo, Alexandra, Eileen, Richard, Endora, and Damion of Houston, Keeli and Brody of Tennessee.
The family wishes to thank the Craig Rehab and Hospice for caring for our loved one. Memorials may be sent to Shriners Hospital for children PO Box 1510, Ranson, WV 25438-1510 or Boys Ranch.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at 5:30pm at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 2:00pm at Coulter Road Baptist Church in Amarillo, TX, followed by burial at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Tulia, TX. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.