John Charles Maynard was born on May 25, 1929 in Amarillo, Texas which was his beloved earthly home until his death on March 21, 2012.
Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 24, 2012 at First Presbyterian Church. Burial will be private. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
His parents moved from Kansas in 1926 and established John Maynard Door Company. Later the family business became Maynard Sash & Door. In 1953 Maywood Inc. was formed with John C. Maynard as President. John held the office of Director of the National Woodwork Manufacturers Association, National Sash & Door Jobbers Association, and was active in these areas.
The company grew and sold wood products nationally and internationally. At one time over 500 people were employed there. After the company closed in 1996, John was often delighted to encounter former employees who had achieved much success in other careers such as nurses, judges and business leaders. He particularly enjoyed hearing their expressions of appreciation for memories of Maywood picnics and Christmas parties.
John went to Wolflin Elementary, Central Jr. High, Amarillo High, and Stanford University where he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity and graduated with a B.A. in Economics in 1951.
He married Virginia Irwin on June 23, 1951. He served in the Navy on
the USS Bataan as Lieutenant J.G. From 1951-53.
John shared his influence and love with both business and family members in many ways, and is remembered with much gratitude. He loved First Presbyterian Church, which he attended from childhood. He served well with his faithful attendance, his service as an elder, deacon, committee chairman, and Sunday School teacher. In later years he particularly loved a small group men’s Bible study that met weekly and shared their relationship with Jesus. John responded to God’s direction to help begin Young Life in Amarillo in 1970, and was the first chairman of the local Young Life committee. He later served on the National Young Life Committee. He continued to pray for and financially support ministries such as Young Life, World Vision, and other charities through The Maynard Foundation.
John enjoyed spending time at a family cabin in Tres Ritos, NM from early childhood. He loved having his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren spend time there. He loved watching sports (especially when his sons were involved), special fly-fishing trips to Streams Lake and 4UR in Colorado, playing golf, hunting, mountain climbing and skiing. He also loved to travel, whether with Stanford alums, church mission trips, or on his own with his wife—his best travel companion.
John served his community as a lifetime member and President of Amarillo College Board of Regents, President of Amarillo College Foundation, President of Amarillo Area Association, Amarillo Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, First National Bank Board of Directors and Amarillo Rotary Club.
John was preceded in death by his parents, John N. and Mildred Maynard, and brother, Curtis Maynard.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Virginia, and their four children: Kathryn Maynard Swick and her husband Bert of North Georgia, John Irwin Maynard and his wife Elise Shelton Maynard of Orlando, Thomas Dixon Maynard and Martha Maynard of San Antonio; a sister-in-law, Mrs. William K. Irwin. His seven treasured grandchildren are Abigail Swick Gabrels and husband Chris of Dallas, and John Maynard Swick of Dallas, Anna Swick of North Georgia, David and Malvina Maynard of New York, Kathryn Maynard of Atlanta, Virginia Maynard Yetter and husband Eric of Nashville, and Rachel Maynard McDougall and husband James of Orlando. The great grandchildren are Ethan, Emma and Ella Gabrels of Dallas.
The family suggests any memorial contributions be made to Amarillo Young Life (2815 S. Georgia, Ste A, 79109-1976), Amarillo College-John and Virginia Maynard Scholarship Fund (P.O. Box 447 79178) and First Presbyterian Church Amarillo Mission Fund (1100 S. Harrison St, 79101) or the charity of your choice.