Mack A. Elston, Jr. LUBBOCK- Mack A. Elston, Jr., 89, passed from this life late Saturday, November 3, 2012. He was born October 13, 1923 to Beulah Crabtree and Mack Elston Sr. in Sentinel, Oklahoma. Mack, lovingly referred to as Bumpa, was a dear husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and friend. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps at the age of 18 and served bravely as a tail gunner on a B-17 in WWII, from which he received a Purple Heart. After returning from the war, Mack went on to graduate from Texas Tech University with a degree in Business. Mack married the love of his life, Doris Daughtry, on December 18, 1949. They were married for 60 years until she lost her 10 year battle with Alzheimer's in June 2010. Mack cared for her faithfully and lovingly throughout the duration of her struggle. As a professional, Mack lead one of Lubbock's longest lasting businesses, Lubbock Brick and Tile, where he worked side by side with his eldest son, Mack Elston III until 1996. In retirement, he enjoyed time with his family, especially his grandchildren, and playing golf as a member of the Lubbock Country Club. Mack and Doris were charter members of Westminster Presbyterian Church and civically active, volunteering time and resources to various worthy causes. He leaves behind a son, Mack Elston, III and wife Nell, and a daughter, Julie Elston, all of Lubbock. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Mary Elston-Pressler and husband Nate, Chris Hensley and wife Rhealan, Jennifer Short and husband Daniel, and Rachel Shannon; two great-grandchildren, Maxwell Elston Pressler, and Knox Hensley Scott Short; and a beloved dog, Mickey D. He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris Elston in 2010; son, John David Elston in 2003; granddaughter, Kathryn in 1995; brothers, Dr. Fred Elston and N.W. Elston; and his parents. The family would like to thank the staff at the Odyssey Hospice, Lubbock Heart Hospital, and Raider Ranch. The funeral will be held at Sanders Funeral Home on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 11 a.m. in Sanders Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. David Eppler officiating. A graveside memorial will follow at Lubbock Cemetery where he will be laid to rest with his beloved wife and son. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in Mack's name to the Humane Society of West Texas; the Odyssey Hospice at Carillon House, or to ones favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at sandersfuneralhome.com.
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Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Nov. 6, 2012