Jack Wesley Axtens went to meet his Lord and Savior in the early morning hours of July 18, 2019, at the age of 82. He was born September 15, 1936, in Big Spring, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur Lee Axtens and Zelma Luella Stone Axtens; sisters, Mary Helen Axtens Smith, Minerva Nell Axtens Annen, Lyda May Axtens Sanborn; and brothers, George Harold Axtens, Lewis Lee Axtens, and Ollie Dveron Axtens.
He is survived by his three children, Kenneth Harold Bradford and his wife Sherri, Bryan Wesley Axtens and his wife Marga, Kathy Bradford Donohue and her husband Mike; seven grandchildren, Shane, Valerie, Collin, Tanner, Garrett, Trevor, and Morgan; and his four great-grandchildren, Ellis, Emmett, Landry, and Layken.
From 1955 to 1962, Jack served his country in the United States Navy where he was as an electrician. After the Navy, he moved back to West Texas where he worked in the oil fields and on oil derricks. Jack moved with his family to Jamaica where he worked for Kaiser Engineering, a bauxite company. He and his family then returned to the United States and moved to Mesquite, Texas. He opened his own HVAC business in Mesquite. He had a job opportunity offered to him at Aramco where he would travel back and forth from the United States to Saudi Arabia and work in the oil fields and on oil derricks in Saudi Arabia. He did that for many years. After deciding to remain in the United States on a full-time basis, he went on to work for various HVAC and refrigeration companies. He had both an electrician’s license and an HVAC license. He worked hard and had a great work ethic.
Jack was knowledgeable in just about everything and could fix just about anything, often going out of his way to help others. He was a very kind and generous man who would give you the shirt off his back and spend any extra time he had helping others. He had great wisdom in just about everything, and others often looked to him for guidance.
Jack loved hunting and tinkering with cars. One of his favorite things to do was to go to the deer lease with all of his friends. He also loved being with his family and being around his grandkids and great-grandkids. He had a great love for his country. He always was there when you needed him, always with words of encouragement or great advice when asked for.
Jack was loved very much by his family and had many great friends who cared for him deeply. His smile, laugh, strength, presence, and kindness will be missed by all who knew him. His passing will leave a void to those he leaves behind, but we can rejoice in knowing that we will one day see him again in heaven with Our Heavenly Father. Jack was strong in his Christian beliefs, which showed through in all he did and the way he treated others and lived his life.
The family will receive friends at the Rest Haven Funeral Home, 2500 State Highway 66, Rockwall, Texas, on Tuesday morning, July 23rd at 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. for viewing after which a celebration of his life will take place at 10:00 a.m. He will be laid to rest at 12:30 p.m. at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, Texas.