Jim Mack

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Jim Mack died November 18, 2013. His wife, daughter and grandson were by his side. Jim was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis 4 years ago, and in typical fashion, continued to enjoy life to the very fullest until his lungs finally stopped functioning. Jim never complained, and it's hard to believe he played golf the weekend before with his son, parring the last hole. Jim was born to Faye and Freddie Mack in Fort Smith, Arkansas on December 18, 1935. He spent a happy childhood in Tulsa, Oklahoma, graduating from Central High School in 1953. He and his sister, JoAnn were raised with four generations of Macks, and Jim worked at an early age, delivering groceries and newspapers on his bike. After graduating from high school, he attended Oklahoma State for one year and then joined the Army. He spent most of his military time in Anchorage, Alaska, working as a Radar operator. After being honorably discharged in September, 1956, he attended Tulsa University on the GI Bill and graduated in 1960 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering. He was a professional engineer and a long-time member of AIME. A summer job in 1957 took him to Garden City, Kansas, where he met Anelle Lupton. She taught Home Economics, and he was the happy recipient of her great cooking. They loved each other deeply, and were married for 55 years. Anelle supported Jim while he finished his last two years of college, and after graduation they moved to Crane, Texas with their five month old daughter, Rhonda. There he began a career with Texaco, and during his 34 years with the company they moved around Texas and the Permian Basin, ending up in Midland, Texas. Jim was well known for his lively sense of humor. He was always ready with a joke and a smile. He loved music and had a beautiful voice. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and a long-time member of the Partners Class, which he dearly loved. His favorite hobby was golf. He played at Green Tree Country Club at least three times a week, developing friendships that lasted a lifetime. He was a man of integrity, counting every single stroke until it went in the hole, even if it meant enduring the dreaded snowman or moose. Besides golf he loved Chess, Bridge, the Texas Longhorns and the Dallas Cowboys. He loved spending summer months with his family and friends in their rustic cabin near Pitkin, Colorado, hiking, fishing and deck sitting. He was an avid bird watcher, constantly stocking a variety of bird feeders in his back yard and at the cabin so that he could enjoy them. He lived fully in the moment, enjoying every minute of his day. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge. He delivered Meals on Wheels for 15 years, and the people he served will miss him terribly. He was a strong believer in education and was proud of his children's accomplishments. Both graduated with advanced degrees from the University of Texas system. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Mike Miller and the nursing staff in the Critical Care Unit for their outstanding care. Preceding him in death were his mother, father, and sister JoAnn White, of Qualicum Beach, British Columbia. He is survived by his wife and best friend, Anelle; his daughter, Rhonda Schmidt of Richardson, TX, her husband, Doug, and sons Dillon, Jay and Brett; and his son, Rodney Mack of Centennial, CO, his wife, Jill, and son Connor and daughter Carson. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 pm, Friday, November 22, 2013 at First United Methodist Church in Midland with Dr. Tim Walker, officiating. If desired, memorial contributions can be made to Midland Memorial Hospital Foundation or to Midland Community Senior Services, which provides Meals on Wheels. Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland. Online condolences can be made at: www.npwelch.com

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Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home
3800 N Big Spring St Midland, TX 79710
(432) 550-5800
Published in Midland Reporter-Telegram from Nov. 20 to Nov. 21, 2013
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