Jay “Jack” Reynold Draper, 73, of Melrose, New Mexico went to be with the Lord on Monday, January 7, 2019 at home surrounded by his loving family.
Jay was born on July 25, 1945 to the home of Joseph Chance and Ruby Mildred (Rumbaugh) Draper in Clovis, New Mexico. He served in the US Navy from 1965 – 1969. On September 12, 1970, he married the love of his life, Dallas Faye (Franks) Draper.
Jay is preceded in death by his parents, and his great-grandson Rhett Rush.
Jay is survived by his wife, Dallas Draper; sons, Joe (Gwynne) Draper, Jay (Allison) Draper, both of Melrose, New Mexico, and Jerry (Amy) Draper of Texico; daughter, Shonta (Bret) Payne of Melrose; sisters, Norma (Jim) Rogers of Clovis and Glenda (A.B.) Jones of Melrose; grandchildren, Garrett (Elizabeth) Bruce, Jessica (Zachariah) Mares, Bretlee Payne, Dusty Payne, Levi Payne, Trey (Shay) Roberts, Ta’Neil (Cedar) Rush, Lane Riley, Dylan Draper, Kambree Draper, Lane (McKayla) Draper, Kelsey (Cody) Mortensen, Colton Draper, Cy Draper, Hally Draper, Addyson Draper, Kylee Draper, Kyndall Draper; great-grandchildren, Jamar, Teayonna, Markus, Zaniya, Delainey Bruce, Steely Rush, Tacer Rush, Kash Mortensen, Baby Mortensen and Baby Draper.
Visitation will be on Thursday, January 10th at Steed Todd Funeral Home from 11:00am to 5:00pm. Funeral services are Friday, January 11th at First Baptist Church of Melrose at 10:00am. Serving as pallbearers are Trey Roberts, Cedar Rush, Garrett Bruce, Lane Draper, Cody Mortensen, Zach Mares, Colton Draper, Lane Riley, Bretlee Payne, Dusty Payne, Dylan Draper, Cy Draper, and Levi Payne. Honorary bearers are Tacer Rush, Kash Mortensen, Butch Smith, Dalten Harper, A.B. Jones, Bob Rogers, Dean Vineyard, Marshall Bradley and Tedi Smith.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Melrose Youth Center.
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at the passing of Jack. I may not have known him personally, but I remember him having a smile and nod, when ever we would pass each other. He will be missed by many.
Carol PayneLubbock, TX
Godspeed on your journey Shipmate. It was an honor to know you Jack.
Tye RoozemondDenver, CO
My condolences to Jack's family. I was saddened to hear of his death.
Julia GonzalesClovis, NM
Was so sad to hear about the passing of Jack. He was a friend to many and will be missed. May God give you the comfort you need now and in the days to come. Love you all..
Don and Vicky SmithMelrose, NM
Draper family, my thoughts and prayers are with you all. Jack was a great man always fair, kind and loving to all. May God wrap his arms around each of you through this trying times. RIP Jack ❤
Melody Riggs GershonClovis, NM
Sorry to hear of Jack's Passing. Praying for the family.
One memory I have is one time when Brian and I were getting a haircut from Dallas, Jack was out with Jay, Joe and Brian and I showing us how to Punt the football. It's been a long time since I played football on a dirt road in the country. I'm lucky to have grown up with families like the Drapers on the dirt roads of New Mexico.
Brent MitchellSAN ANGELO, TX
So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family. May God's peace that passes all understanding surround you all during this time.
Joel and Robin Wood
Joel and Robin WoodFort Sumner, NM
Jack was an amazingly kind and humbled man. I always looked up to him. He was a hardworking family man. Loved his wife and kids. He will be dearly missed by many. Prayers of comfort and peace over the family and the community of Melrose.
John E Hail JrAngel Fire, NM
Praying for Peace for Jack’s Family during this time and as a friend for over 50 years he will be missed.
Wendell BostwickLubbock, TX
Thoughts of loss for a special person and family. Many good memories of Melrose and neighbors. God Bless and keep you.
Becky (Pinkston) HageeAmarillo, TX
Sorry to hear if Jack’s passing. Keeping your and your family in our prayers.
Louise KosMelrose, NM
Fare winds and clear skies! You will be missed. But, we will meet you in Heaven someday. Brian & Kim
Brian & Kim BradleyPalm Harbor, FL
Jerry/Amy and family,
So sorry for your loss. May you take comfort knowing he is resting in Jesus now and when He comes again we will all rejoice together in heaven.
Terese BalsaPhoenix, AZ
So sorry for your loss neighbor. Let me know if there's anything I can do.
Ray BostwickMELROSE, NM
So sorry to hear of Jack's Passing. Know your in our prayers.
Frana LittellMelrose, NM
Dallas, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your sweet family. Wrapping my arms around you and sending you big hugs.
Edith Ann Walling~BradleyClovis, NM