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Jackson David "Jake" Webster


1920 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Jackson David "Jake" Webster Obituary
Jake was born in Sweetwater to Jackson David and Nora Edith Webster.
He is survived by his children, Marsha Peters of Dallas, Jacque Webster of Austin and Matt Webster of Coppell. He is also survived by three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He lived and worked in Galveston and Dallas a majority of his adult life. Jake was in the hotel business for 30 years, managing historic hotels such as The Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC and The Stoneleigh Terrace Hotel in Dallas. He retired to Sweetwater, his hometown, to enjoy old friends, golf, fishing and hunting in 1981. In Sweetwater, he was remembered as being on the 1938 championship football team for Sweetwater High School and being voted "Most Handsome" his senior year. Jake received a football scholarship to Texas A&M, joining another championship team in 1939 and started his college football career as running back and place kicker. He had the honor of playing in the Cotton Bowl twice. In 1942, Jake set a record by converting 24 consecutive point after attempts.
Upon graduation from A&M in 1943, he joined the army to fight in WWII. Captain Webster was a platoon leader for an armored infantry unit in Gen. George S. Patton's Third Army. His company was part of the effort that liberated 22 towns in Holland and France in 20 days. Captain Webster received the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Combat Infantry Badge.
He will be remembered and loved as a hero by his family and friends, for his fortitude and strong will, as well as his wonderful sense of humor.
Jake was a Scottish Rite 32nd-degree Mason. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.
Private funeral services will be held at the Dallas-Fort Worth Memorial Cemetery, August 11, 2015.
Arrangements by Weed-Corley-Fish Lake Travis. Obituary and memorial guestbook available online at www.wcfish.com
Published in Sweetwater Reporter on Aug. 8, 2015
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