Loyd Jasper, 82, of Amarillo, TX passed away on February 28, 2020 in Amarillo, Texas.
Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 1:00 pm at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel in Amarillo. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
A descendant of a pioneer Texas family, he was born on February 24, 1938, and spent his early years on the Jasper Family home place in Silverton, Texas. He was the sixth of seven children, born to Milt and Gertie Jasper.
Not easy times in Texas and at a young age, Loyd carried a share of the family’s farm and livestock responsibilities. All work and family activities centered on the use of horses and this exposure came to instill a lifelong interest.
Loyd graduated from high school in Silverton, Texas in 1956 and continued course work at Amarillo College. A military veteran, he served in the Army from 1958 to 1961, stationed in Germany with The Second Armored Division.
An excellent horseman and lover of the ranching environment, he worked on a number of local ranches, including The Cogdell and JA as well as ranches in Arizona and Wyoming. His favorite recreation was rodeo, as both a participant and spectator. As a youth, he competed in a number of events, in later years he focused on Bull Riding, entering and winning in many rodeos.
Loyd was an entrepreneur; establishing and managing successful operations ranging from trucking to entertainment.
Loyd was a spiritual person, he loved life and his family. He thoroughly enjoyed spending time with his grandkids and always looked forward to attending all of their events from horse shows, barrel racing, track meets, dance recitals and dance competitions to many stock shows around the state.
He is survived by his wife Nancy Kirby, daughter Kelly Thompson and husband Mike of Amarillo, sons, Dennis Kirby and wife Denise of Lubbock, and Ronald Kirby and wife Sandi of Dimmitt, two brothers, Norman and Joe, six grandchildren who loved their “Papa”, Tori and Taylor Thompson, Jayden and Clayton McGilvray, Kellen Kirby, Dustin Kirby, and Joshua Erwin.
He was preceded in death by a daughter DaLana, parents Milt and Gertie, sister Dimple, and brothers, Buddy, Darden and Eddie.
The family would like to thank Amarillo VA and Texas Home Health Hospice for their excellent care and service.