Obit - Jack Lester Grant (wife's nee: Marek)
- Bryan-College Station Eagle, 26 May 2007
Jack Lester Grant
April 17, 1930 � May 23, 2007
As written by Jack Lester Grant
Funeral services for Jack Lester Grant, 77, of Bryan will be at 11 a.m.
Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bryan, with Msgr. John McCaffrey
officiating. Visitation will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at Memorial
Funeral Chapel in Bryan. Interment will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in
Smetana. He passed away Wednesday at his home.
Born in 1930 in Flynn, the third son of Alma L. Koonce and Forest James
Grant, he moved at the age of five to College Station, where he grew up. He
attended A&M Consolidated until the eighth grade, when he transferred to
Bryan Independent School District. He graduated from Stephen F. Austin High
School in 1949.
Upon graduation, he attended Tarelton State College in Stephenville. He was
a member of the R.O.T.C. Wainwright Drill Team and the Fencing Team. He
transferred in 1950 to Texas A&M University before serving in the U.S. Army
from 1951 to 1954.
He served during the Korean War from 1952 to 1953 as an Infantry Operations
Sergeant and as an Intelligence Analyst, G-2 Section, Headquarters IX Corps
Advance Command Post. He received the Bronze Star and numerous decorations,
including the Korean Service Medal with four Bronze Service Stars. He was
honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant first class. He was a life
member of Brazos Valley V.F.W. Post No. 4692 in Bryan.
He joined the Texas A&M Research Foundation in 1954 as a draftsman
illustrator. In 1960, he joined Texas A&M University and formed a copy
center in the Department of Oceanography and Meteorology as manager. He
served as a draftsman illustrator in the fields of meteorology and
oceanography, geology, physics, biology, chemical, electrical and
geophysical engineering. He retired in 1990 after 35 years of service.
Jack loved woodworking, hunting, fishing, farming and gardening. He was a
member of the Brazos Valley Poultry Club and the Men's Gardening Club. Jack
specialized in growing hot peppers. His specialty was making the hottest
pepper sauce, which he gave to friends, relatives, physicians and surgeons
with whom he was acquainted.
In December 1975, he married Catherine Marek, who made the best chocolate
pie in this world. On January 1, 2001, Darrell and Melissa Marek produced
the love of "my life" Leanne "Toot-Toot" Nicole Marek, grandbaby.
Jack is survived by his wife, Catherine Grant of Bryan; two sons and
daughters-in-law, Darrell and Melissa Marek of Bryan and David and Wendy
Marek; his brother, Philip Grant of Waco; four granddaughters, Leanne Marek,
Kaitlyn Marek, Jesslyn Fullerton and Denyse Steele; two grandsons, Cody and
Tyler Flanagan; sisters and brothers-in-law, Vivian and Russell Cooper,
Deanie and Donald Kellett, Ruth and John Miller, Nelda Moore, Raymond and
Sandra Easley, Sandra and Charles Tubbs, Elizabeth and Rick Watson and
Michelle and Keith Houston, and many, many nieces, nephews and loving
In lieu of flowers, memorials, cards, etc., go have a very dry martini on
Wednesday and enjoy the moment, have a good day, enjoy the minute, for there
is no guarantee for the next 10 minutes. If you prefer to do memorials,
please make donations to Hospice Brazos Valley or the St. Joseph Catholic
Church Building Fund.
Now you can see trouble�before he arrives