Jarvis N. Cato, of Amarillo, formerly of Dumas, passed away on Thursday, September 27, 2018.
The family will receive visitors on Sunday, September 30, from 4:30-6:00 pm at Boxwell Brothers, 2800 Paramount, in Amarillo. Services will be at 10:00 am, Monday, October 1, 2018, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery.
Jarvis Newell Cato was born in Vernon, Texas on December 25, 1935 to Clois Newell and Mildred (Jones) Cato. Jarvis was raised at Lockett, near Vernon, until he was a sophomore in high school when the family moved to Lockettville, Texas on the south plains near Lubbock. He graduated from Ropesville High School in 1955. After graduation he joined the Navy, but was discharged soon after due to a medical condition. In March of 1958, he met the love of his life, Juanita Ingle and on July 26, 1958 they were married in Brownfield, Texas. Jarvis is survived by his wife of 60 years, Juanita and their three children; daughter, Jnita and husband Donald Collins of Amarillo; son, James and wife Rosie Cato of Brenham, Texas; and daughter, Jaquita and husband Todd Crawford of Panhandle. He also has four grandchildren; Ryan Collins and wife Stephanie of Amarillo; Katie (Collins) Fink and husband Ryan of Midland, Texas; Cody Crawford and wife Alyssa of Panhandle; and Jaclyn (Cato) Blackerby and husband Kenan of Dallas, Texas. Jarvis also had five great grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings; sister, Virginia Sue Bond of Temple, Texas; brother, Michael Cato and wife Dottie of Sulphur Springs, Texas; and sister, Sarah Bunger of Waco, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Jarvis was raised in and worked primarily in agriculture. He enjoyed working on or driving big equipment from cotton strippers, combines, tractors, trucks, cranes, church buses, and cotton gins. He worked for the family based Lockett Seed Company in Lockettville, until health issues mandated that he change careers. Jarvis and Juanita then moved in 1967 to Plainview where he worked for Gebo’s Farm Stores followed by Gifford Hill Western Irrigation. In 1973, the family relocated to Dumas, Texas where he worked for Oglesby International Equipment Company before going to work for Diamond Shamrock as a machinist and a mechanic. Jarvis retired after 23 years with Diamond Shamrock and subsidiary companies. After retirement, Jarvis enjoyed the hobbies of welding and metal working. Jarvis and Juanita were very active in the First Baptist Church of Dumas until they moved to Amarillo in 2010. Jarvis always enjoyed driving around to look at large equipment, visiting family in East Texas, Brownfield and Lubbock, as well as in Vernon, Texas. Jarvis made friends easily and was always willing to help others in need.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the First Baptist Church of Dumas or to Temple Baptist of Amarillo.