Arthur Jackson "Jack" Monzingo

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Arthur Jackson "Jack" Monzingo of Midland passed away on November 29, 2013. Jack was born in Minden, Louisiana, on August 22, 1921, the first child of Arthur Monzingo and Nora Matlock. He graduated from Carlisle High School in Rusk Co., Texas, in 1938. After a year of study at Stephen F. Austin Teachers College in Nacogdoches, he entered the University of Texas in Austin. His studies there were interrupted by World War II, during which he served in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a captain. After the war, he returned to Austin to complete his bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering in 1947. Following graduation, he accepted employment with the Magnolia Petroleum Company (which later became Mobil Oil) and began training in the oilfields of West Texas. He met Bennie Ruth "Dutch" Mays on a blind date during the Thanksgiving holiday in 1946 and married her in Henderson, Texas, on Thanksgiving Day in 1947. Jack and Dutch began their married life together in Kermit, followed by a twenty year odyssey through the oil patch with stops in Midland (1950-52); Wewoka, Okla.; Salem, Ill.; Snyder; Electra; Wichita Falls; Hobbs, N.M.; and finally back to Midland in 1970, where they remained. Jack was a conscientious and dedicated Mobil employee and was production superintendent for many years, retiring in 1984. Jack was a longtime active member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Midland, serving on the Administrative Board and as youth group sponsor. He was also a longtime member of the Keystone Sunday School class. Following retirement, he enjoyed delivering food to the needy through the Area Ministries Outreach Services program sponsored by the United Methodist church. Family was very important to Jack, and he was a loving and devoted husband, son, brother, father, and grandfather. He ably managed the care of his mother during her last years, helped with the after-school care of his grandsons, and took on the care of Dutch when she had health problems. Jack and Dutch enjoyed traveling throughout the U.S. ; they especially enjoyed trips with their young grandsons to Palo Duro Canyon and northern New Mexico. Jack was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Robert. He is survived by his wife Dutch of Midland, brother Cloy Monzingo and his wife Marilyn of Houston, son Art Monzingo and wife Christine of Austin, daughter Cheryl Adams and husband Tommy of Midland, son Vernon Monzingo of Dallas, grandchildren Jeffrey Monzingo, Doug Duncan, Greg Duncan, Andra Adams, Madison Monzingo, and Jack Monzingo. A memorial service celebrating Jack's life will be held on Saturday, December 21, at 11am at St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Midland. The family wishes to express its heartfelt gratitude to the caregivers and staff of Manor Park for the outstanding care given Jack in recent years. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Jack to St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 3011 W. Kansas Ave., Midland, TX 79701. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.crawfordacrim.com.

Published in Midland Reporter-Telegram on Dec. 15, 2013
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