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J. Dean Christy

J. Dean Christy

J. Dean Christy

J. Dean Christy, 94, of Amarillo died Wednesday, July 18, 2018.

Services will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, July 21, 2018, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Aaron Summers of Coulter Road Baptist Church officiating.  Burial will be in Llano Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Dean was born September 7, 1923, at Humboldt, Arizona. He attended Austin High School in Austin, Texas. J. Dean enlisted in the U.S. Navy on February 14, 1941, and was assigned to the Second Marine Air Wing at San Diego Naval Air Station.  He served in the South Pacific in 1942, and was involved in the Invasion of many of the South Pacific Islands.  At the invasion of the Palau Islands 60% of the men were killed and he never received a scratch.  He was discharged from the Navy on August 6, 1946, with an honorable discharge.

In August 1946, he entered Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas under the GI Bill.  He received a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in 1950, as well as a Bachelor of Science Degree.  He received his Master’s Degree in Business in 1955.

Dean married Sarah Kean on July 20, 1955.

His first job was an Internal Auditor for a financial corporation where he remained for 5 years.  In August of 1958, he and Sarah moved to Amarillo, Texas and he was the financial vice-president of a local corporation.  He remained there for 28 years until retirement in 1985.

Dean served six years on the Amarillo City Commission from 1977 to 1983. He served nine years on the Hospital Board at High Plains Hospital, now Baptist Saint Anthony’s Hospital. He was the chairman of their finance committee and approved all financial transactions.

He and his family joined the Avondale Baptist Church in August 1958, and have not moved their membership.  This church moved to a new location two times and changed their name two times and is now Coulter Road Baptist Church.  He served on many different committees and as deacon and Sunday school teacher during the time of his membership.

Survivors include his wife, Sarah; four children, Paul (Wynella), Donna, Brenda and Barry; grandchildren, Christy Vela, Robin Segovia, McKenzie Christy, Evan Darnell, Benny Darnell, Jessica Darnell, Wesley Darnell, Justin Darnell, Jennifer Christy, and Kade Christy; and great-grandchildren, Brooke McKinney, Carter Bates, Reyna Segovia, Jisella Segovia, Gunner Segovia, Dean Segovia, Nathanael Darnell, Levi Darnell, and Lillie Darnell.

9 Comments

  • Lydia Merriman Posted July 19, 2018 9:54 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Mike Naples Posted July 20, 2018 8:47 am

    Thanks Dean. You enabled me to purchase my first home. I will always remember your kindness and professionalism. Rest in Peace. Prayers for your family.

  • Wayne Barnes Posted July 20, 2018 5:05 pm

    One of a kind, This man will be missed greatly,Prayers for the family

  • David Pittman Posted July 20, 2018 10:25 pm

    I was just thinking about you today. Riding along with you on Saturdays in an old green work pick up making repairs on properties. Rest in peace Dean. Prayers for Sarah and the family.

  • Greg & Tracy Baldwin Posted July 20, 2018 10:47 pm

    Barry so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family.

  • CH (COL) Clayton and Mary Hoffman Posted July 21, 2018 12:31 pm

    Sarah and family, Mary and I grieve with you. Sarah, You and Dean did so much for some many of us. You have blessed an inspired to many of us to reach for our Lord’s higher calling. Our prayer are with you. Thank you for your service to our country. May God bless you, may God bless all the members of your family and May God bless our great country.

  • Elnora corona Posted July 29, 2018 7:17 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family> Love and God Bless!

  • nathanael darnell Posted August 22, 2018 10:41 am

    love you papa

  • Lynda Wiggins(Williams) Posted September 29, 2018 1:31 pm

    I was looking in an old address book and saw Mr Christy’s name so I googled it and found that he’d passed. I rented from him from Aug 1985 to Feb 1988. He was a great landlord. I’ve thought of him over the years. I know he will be missed by family and friends. You’re all in my thoughts and prayers.

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