Celebrating the life of Jon David Darby
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Altus, Oklahoma 73521
After eighteen years of living with cancer Jon David Darby has won the last battle, and the victory is kneeling at the throne of his Lord and Savior. Jon was born January 12, 1940 to Howard (H.P.) and Mary Alice (Speck) Darby. He was an only child and was the absolute pride and joy for the Darby"s. Jon was a proud product of the Fighting Duke Tigers. He was started very young by his mother"s direction playing the piano, and his father"s passion to compete through basketball and baseball. While being such an amazing student athlete he had many accolades including All-County, All-Star, All-Tournament and All State. He was Salutatorian of the 1958 Duke graduating class. He loved baseball and played American Legion as a freshman through the summer after he graduated from high school. Jon accepted a full ride scholarship to the University of Oklahoma to play baseball where he was a letterman. During his time at OU he was not only on the OU baseball team, but was a member of Alpha Tau Omega. While at OU, he found the love of his life, Kathy Thompson from Duncan, Oklahoma. They were married June 1st, 1962. They moved to Weatherford, Oklahoma so Jon could play his last 2 years of baseball. Jon was a letterman and was selected team captain.
Jon graduated with a business degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and later received his Master"s degree in banking from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
Jon started his banking career at NBC in Altus. He later lived and worked at First State Bank in Eldorado. Eventually, moving to Quanah, Texas and worked for First National Bank and Security Bank. While living in Quanah the couple started a family and had 3 children.
In 1970 Jon moved back home and joined the family business. He loved Duke, Oklahoma. He loved his community and was very proud to be an active member. While watching his kids grow, he and his good friend Reid Warren used their passion for baseball and founded the Duke Little League through OK Kids. He served on the state board for OK Kids for many years. Nothing brought him more joy than watching his kids" teams work their way to the State Tournaments in basketball and baseball. Jon also enjoyed playing golf.
Jon was a devote member of Duke First Baptist Church where he taught the Generations Sunday School class for 30 plus years.
After his wife died in 2011, Jon started eating dinner with a lifelong friend. On May 2, 2014 Jon married Gayle Milner Ledbetter. They loved each other and enjoyed their families for the rest of their time together. They always had a good time.
Jon loved to tell everyone he came across, his grandfather B.E. Darby"s motto for the furniture store "All Roads Lead to Darby"s", but he would want all to know that through Jesus Christ all roads lead to heaven.
Jon David was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Kathy Darby and many loving aunts and uncles.
He is survived by Gayle Ledbetter-Darby of the home, Darren and Kristi Medders of Lawton, Blake and Kathy Keller-Darby of Altus, David Darby of Oklahoma City, grandchildren Darby Medders of Lawton, Raegan Medders of Stillwater, Katie Beth, Maggie, Isabella and Jon Henry Darby of Altus and a sister-n-law Sharon Thompson Nunn of Jacksonville Beach, Fl. He leaves behind many cousins and friends, and also his bonus family, the Ledbetters.
Funeral services for Jon Darby will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, February 6, 2016, at the Duke First Baptist Church with Brother Ralph Chapman officiating. Interment will follow at the Altus City Cemetery under the direction of Lowell-Tims Funeral Home, in Altus.
The family will greet friends at Lowell-Tims Funeral Home on Friday, February 5, 2016, from 5 until 6:30 p.m.
1100 East Tamarack Road
Duke Baptist Church
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