Jack Doyle Rawdon P. E.

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"Having fought the good fight and finished the race, and having kept the faith", Jack Doyle Rawdon, age 80 years, passed from this journey to the next, in his home with his family by his side, in Edmond, Oklahoma, on Friday, February 7, 2014. Jack was a past resident of Midland from 1962 to 1974 and continued to conduct business in the Permian Basin, as well as having many friends in Midland and Odessa. Jack was born to Charles Irwin and Grace Maude (Fout) Rawdon, who predeceased him. He was born in Stroud, Oklahoma, on January 10, 1934. He is survived by sisters Joy Rawdon Rutledge of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Janice Rawdon Scott, of DeSoto, Texas. Jack is the nephew of Aline (Fout) Orcutt of Yukon, Oklahoma, and cousin of Sherry (Rawdon) Connelly of Wellston, Oklahoma. After graduating from Denver City High School in Texas, Jack proudly served in the United States Army. After being honorably discharged, he went on to earn a degree in petroleum engineering from Texas Tech University, as well as earning the highly coveted and prestigious designation of Professional Engineer (P.E.). During his career, Jack worked for a number of prominent oil and gas companies in both Texas and Oklahoma. Following a successful career as an oil and gas executive, Jack went on to utilize his artistic and creative talents during his so-called retirement, as a professional home builder and award winning wood carver. Jack`s phenomenal carvings hold a place of high honor and esteem, gracing the home of many family members and dear friends who were lucky enough to be given such treasures. Ernest Hemingway once said, "We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master." Anyone who has tried carving knows that one never becomes so skilled that we cannot improve. Jack was always striving to master his craft and every subsequent work reflected this effort. Jack was entirely self-taught, and his carvings were truly amazing works of art. Jack is survived by the love of his life, and bride of 59 years, Mary (Bailey) Rawdon. He is predeceased by infant son Danny Shane Rawdon. He is honored by his beloved son, Jackie Charles Rawdon and daughter-in-law Dr. Andrea (Key) Rawdon, as well as, his most adored and favorite daughter Terri Lynn (Rawdon) McCaleb and son-in-law Caleb McCaleb. Always a great source of pride and abundant love and always their biggest (and usually most vocal) sports fan are his seven grandchildren: Melissa Ann (Rawdon) Fair and husband, Dr. Richard "Deuce" Fair of Gainesville, Florida; Andrew Charles Rawdon and wife Diana (Hessler) Rawdon of Edmond, Oklahoma, Brett Thomas Rawdon of Oklahoma City, Joshua Carter McCaleb of Edmond, Braden Rawdon McCaleb of Dallas, Texas, Kylie Lynn McCaleb of Edmond, and Elizabeth Key Rawdon of Edmond. Precious and delightful gifts are Jack`s four great-grandchildren: Savannah Ann Fair, Ethan Charles Rawdon, Cameron Presley Fair and Kathryn Grace Rawdon. Jack so enjoyed his many and varied friends and group activities, be it his Sunday school class, coffee group, square dance club or bridge club. He was especially grateful to Tyrone Kelly, who entered Jack`s life as a caregiver, and domino competitor and quickly became a loyal companion and dear friend, for which all Jack`s family are eternally grateful. His recent 80th birthday celebration was a testament to these friendships, with over 125 of his dearest family members honoring Jack. It was truly a day of celebration of a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend honoring a life well lived. "Now abideth these things: Faith, Hope & Love but the greatest of these is love". Jack Doyle Rawdon embodied the essence of this scripture. His love was true-loyal-heartfelt-exuberant and never-ceasing. It was sprinkled with Jack`s own brand of fire and spice, which he fully and wholly owned. His journey continues with all the love and joy he gave on this earth and is now, and forever will be remembered by all who hold him dear. The funeral service will be held at Henderson Hills Baptist Church on February 13, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. with Wally Weaver, Elder/Congregational Care Pastor, officiating. Interment to follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, 13313 N. Kelly Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK, 73131. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made by phone to the , 1.800.DIABETES (1.800.342.2383) or by mail. Condolences for the "Rawdon Family" may be offered online at www.crawfordfuneralservice.com.

Published in Midland Reporter-Telegram from Feb. 13 to Feb. 14, 2014
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