Jack Walter Brunson passed on May 22, 2015 in Big Bend Regional Medical Center at the age of 88. He was born on October 4, 1926 in Ballinger, Texas, He was the son of Bessie Jackson Brunson and Aubrey Brunson. Jack attended Dry Ridge Rural School and Graduated from Ballinger High School in 1944 mid-term. He joined the US Navy after high school and served in World War II from 1944 until 1946.
Jack married Ferald Parker on July 21, 1949 in San Angelo where they lived until 1951 when he entered the Border Patrol. They lived in El Paso, Las Cruces, NM, Presidio, Sanderson, Stockton, CA, Chula Vista, CA, Presidio, Ft. Stockton, Marfa, El Paso, and then back to Marfa in 1978 where they lived out the rest of their lives. After retiring from the Border Patrol, Jack worked for the City of Marfa managing the golf course, and served on the boards for Presidio County Appraisal District and the Big Bend Community Action Agency, elected to the Texas Silver Haired Legislature, Presidio County Commissioner, and Presidio County Judge Every place they lived was an experience, and while the location might not have been ideal, they carried with them fine memories and wonderful friendships. Jack never met a stranger and loved sharing his experiences with many people.
He was preceded in death by his wife Ferald, parents Bessie and Aubrey Brunson, sister Juanita (Sis), brothers A. W. (Son/Salty) Brunson and Roy Brunson, sister Dorothy Habersang; brother in-laws Albert Sheldon and Russell Habersang, and sister in-laws Azelle Brunson and Sissy Brunson, two daughters, Brenda Kay and Carol Ann; and daughter in-law, Emily Woodward Brunson. Jack is survived by sister Faye Brunson Sheldon of San Angelo, brother in-law Luther Parker and his wife Janice of Ballinger, many nephews, nieces, grand nephews and nieces, great nephews and nieces, daughter, Paula of Austin, son, Stephen and his wife Dawn of Marfa, grandson, Skyler Brunson and his fiancé Kaitlin Rangel of Harper, granddaughter, Cheyenne Brunson Anderson and her husband John David, great grandson, Kody Daniels and great granddaughter Sophia Anderson of Fredricksburg, and many friends. A memorial service will be held in Marfa on Saturday, August 8, 2015. Jack was a loving husband, father, and friend who enjoyed his time here celebrating life and had a great love of dancing, fishing, hunting, telling stories, and caring for and about the people of Presidio County. The family requests any memorial donations be made to the Fraternal Order of Border Patrol Officers, Special Olympics, or the charity of your choice.