John Perry "Jack" Pardee
1936 - 2013
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JOHN PERRY "JACK" Pardee, age 76, passed away on the 1st of April 2013. He was born on the 19th of April 1936 in Exira, Iowa, and was the youngest of seven children. Jack is survived by his wife of 56 years, Phyllis; and their five children and their children's spouses: Steven Pardee; Judee Peterson and husband Bruce; Anne Pardee; Susan Brown and husband Scott; and Ted Pardee and wife Elizabeth. Jack also was the proud grandfather of twelve: Trevor Pardee, Sarah Peterson, Elizabeth Peterson, Jake Peterson, Matthew Brown, Kelly Brown, Madeline Brown, Caroline Brown, Chase Brown, Ellie Pardee, Payton Pardee and Luke Pardee. Jack was the youngest son of Earl and Lameda Pardee, and is also survived by his brother Bob Pardee.
The Pardee family moved to West Texas in the mid-1940s where Jack attended Christoval High School and played six man football. Jack scored 57 touchdowns for the town's regional six-man champions during the 1952 season. After graduation, he went on to Texas A & M University where he played both linebacker and fullback for the Aggies, enduring Coach Bear Bryant's infamous training camp in Junction, Texas and winning all-conference, all-america and academic all-america honors while at A & M. He was also a member of the Corps of Cadets while at Texas A & M. Jack was drafted into the NFL by the Los Angeles Rams in 1957 as the 14th overall player chosen. He played for the Rams from 1957 until 1970, missing only one season while he received treatment for Melanoma. Jack was traded to the Washington Redskins in 1970 in the multi-player trade, orchestrated by former LA Rams Coach, George Allen. This blockbuster trade was the first of its kind, for veteran players that later became known as the ""over-the-hill gang"". Jack played for Coach Allen for two more seasons with the Redskins, playing his last professional football game in the 1973 Super Bowl against Miami. In 16 years as an NFL Linebacker, Jack was named to the 1963 All-NFL team and the 1971 All-NFC Defensive team.
With his playing days behind him, Jack served as an assistant coach for George Allen in Washington before going on as Head Coach the World Football League's Florida Blazers (1974), the Head Coach of the Chicago Bears (1975-77), the Head Coach of the Washington Redskins (1978-80) and the San Diego Chargers as defensive coordinator (1981) and in 1984-85, returned as Head Coach of the run-and-shoot Houston Gamblers of the United States Football League, winning USFL coach of the year honors in 1984. The Houston Gamblers were sold to Donald Trump and moved to New Jersey, merging with the New Jersey Generals before the league went bankrupt after winning its anti-trust lawsuit with the NFL. After the USFL disbanded, Jack coached at the University of Houston from 1987 through 1989 where his quarterback Andre Ware won the 1989 Heisman Trophy. From 1990-1994, Jack returned to the NFL as the Head Coach of the Houston Oilers and took them to the playoffs in four consecutive seasons. Jack finished his coaching career in 1995 as Head Coach of the Birmingham Barracudas, an expansion team from the Canadian Football League. Jack remains the only coach to helm a team in the NCAA, the National Football League, the United States Football League, the World Football League, and the Canadian Football League. Jack was named NFL coach of the year by The Associated Press in 1979, WFL Coach of the year in 1974, USFL Coach of the year in 1984, and is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.
After retiring from football he moved back to the country and became a full time cattle rancher and full-time Grandpa, living in Gause, Texas.
Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from two until five o'clock in the afternoon on Sunday, the 7th of April, in the Jasek Chapel of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston, where a recitation of the Holy Rosary is to commence at four o'clock.
A Mass of Christian Burial is to be offered at ten o'clock in the morning on Monday, the 8th of April, at St. Michael Catholic Church, 1801 Sage Road in Houston, where the Rev. Msgr. Frank H. Rossi, Pastor, is to serve as celebrant.
As a lasting tribute, Jack and his family have established the Jack Pardee Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund at the University of Houston in order to help student-athletes who might not otherwise have the chance to earn a college degree and secure their futures the way that Jack did. If you wish to remember Jack Pardee, kindly consider a contribution to the University of Houston, in care of Cougar Pride, 3100 Cullen Blvd., Suite 2004, Houston, TX, 77204-6004. Checks may be made payable to the University of Houston, with a notation on the memo line acknowledging the Jack Pardee Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund.

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Published in Houston Chronicle on Apr. 5, 2013.
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September 2, 2013
Phyllis and family, I just found out that Jack passed away in April. 'm so sorry to hear of Jacks passing. I had the pleasure of knowing him and playing for him when he was at the Florida Blazers. He was a true gentlemen and person. He also was a great coach and leader.
God Bless

Dave Strock
May 18, 2013
Phyllis, Anne and Ted......So sorry to hear about the passing of Jack Pardee. I really enjoyed watching him coach in the NFL. He will be remembered for all the years he spent coaching. throughout his career in football. I wish I could have helped him beat Cancer so he could have had a longer life with his family

Fred Saperstein (Las Vegas, NV)
Fred Saperstein
April 9, 2013
Dear Ted, I was so sorry to hear of your Dad`s passing. He certainly personified the phrase "a life well lived." When I was reading the notice in our paper here, you popped into mind immediately. 1985 at St. Thomas was a long time ago, but it seemed like only yesterday, and it was so easily recalled how you idolized your Dad. No one had to be at St. Thomas very long before it was clear as a bell how your parents were so invested in your life. I remember your father coming to school on Parent`s Night, and he made a very admirable impression on me as a man with a wealth of sports fame to his credit, but his only concern that evening was you, and I was glad to have met him personally at least that one time. My friends who went to the Oilers games with me at that time always spoke of your Dad as a class act, and I honestly never heard anyone say otherwise. Take care of you and yours, Ted, and I wish I was writing under happier circumstances. Godspeed to you and your family. Jim Cavanaugh, Charleston, WV
Jim Cavanaugh
April 8, 2013
Phyllis -- I was so sorry to learn of Jack's passing. Jack was one of the finest people that I've ever worked with in my career. I really enjoyed playing for him with the Redskins. He was an outstanding coach, but an ever better person. I owe so much to him. He was truly a remarkable man. I wish you and your family the best as you mourn his loss.
Mark Murphy
April 6, 2013
To Phyllis and the Pardee Family,

May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. On behalf of the Barcelona Family our deepest condolences and prayers go out to the Pardee family. The wonderful memories created between our families will always be cherished. I know our family journey began with the Pardees' when Jack played college football for Texas A&M University. What a life well lived! Jack was a wonderful man, husband, father, friend, coach and athlete! I know many of his former teammates, family, and friends will miss him here, but I know of at least one Aggie in heaven that is joyful and will welcome him home! I believe Jack will be a special guardian angel that will watch over many of the lives he so graciously touched here on earth!

God bless!

With Love,
Tia Barcelona Woods, on behalf of The Barcelona Family
Tia Barcelona Woods
April 6, 2013
Phyllis and Anne and family: It was an honor to know Jack and to witness how much he loved life and his family.
Charles Riola
April 6, 2013
Hi Ted. I got to know your father through my time as youth minister at St. Cecilia when you were in high school. He was a kind and humble man and your own goodness was certainly influenced by having a loving father who happened to be a football great. God bless you in your loss. I still serve the Catholic Church and will keep you all in prayer. Peace be with you.
Dobie Moser
April 5, 2013
Gig 'em and RIP!!
Paula Foster
April 5, 2013
Donald White
April 5, 2013
Our family would like to extend our most sincere condolences to the entire Pardee family. Having followed Jack's career for decades, and being huge Cougar fans, we are most thankful for his contributions. God bless you.
Joe and Juanita Pyle
April 5, 2013
In a world full of big egos and a lot of other negatives, Jack Pardee will always be remembered as such a class act. Football fans in Texas were blessed to have Mr. Pardee as such a huge part of the game we love. I know heaven must now be a brighter place with the presence of Jack Pardee.
John McAnally
April 5, 2013
In the early fifties my grandmother, Mrs. F. H. Wood, lived across the highway from the Pardee family. She was fond of her young neighbor, Jack, and for the first time became a fan of football. She and my grandfather moved away from Christoval but she followed the activities of her former neighbor until her death in 1972.
M. E. Mote
April 4, 2013
To the Pardee Family:

We are mourning with you the loss of a great man, close friend and teammate. Jack touched many lives in his long and illustrious career and will certainly be missed by many. May God bring peace and comfort to you in your loss.

With deepest sympathy,
Loyd and Carolyn Taylor
Loyd and Carolyn Taylor
April 4, 2013
Dear Pardee Family, I was saddened by the news of Mr. Pardee's Passing. One of the kindest people I've ever met. Our prayers are with your whole family.
Elizabeth(Lisa) Lupo-DiVIto
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