Jesus “Jesse” Jacques, 92, passed peacefully into the arms of his Savior on October 25, 2016 in Abilene, Texas. Visitation will be 6:00 till 7:00 PM, followed by a Rosary Service beginning at 7:00 PM on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at Elmwood Funeral Home, 5750 Hwy 277 South. Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 AM, Friday, October 28, 2016 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 837 Jeanette Street. Interment will follow the service at Elmwood Memorial Park.
Jesse was born in Miles, Texas on August 16, 1924 to Monico and Francisca Jacques. His dad was a cotton farmer and by the age of 11, Jesse was driving a horse-drawn wagon to Ballinger carrying cotton to the gin. Thus began his well-recognized work ethic, ingenuity and integrity in the work force and in the community. Jesse was a lifelong resident of Abilene and member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
He is survived by his loving wife of 73 years, Anita Lara Jacques, and 7 devoted children, Sylvia Herrera (John), Virginia Lewright (Jack), Daniel Jacques (Linda), David Jacques (Yolanda), Edward Jacques (Jodi), Terry Hall (Chanc) and Caroline Howard (Toby), 21 Grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Jesse and Anita met at a picnic in Knickerbocker, Texas and began dating when both families had moved to San Angelo where they were attending school. In 1942, shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Jesse enlisted in the Army but prior to leaving, he and Anita married at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on May 5, 1943. Mr. Jacques trained at Fort Sill, Oklahoma and was shipped from California to Hawaii and on to the Philippines where he achieved the rank of sergeant as a tank commander and remained there until the war ended in 1945.
Returning to Texas, Jesse traveled to Abilene where he secured a job at the Perry Dental Laboratory. As a technician, his astute skills of observation and artistic ability allowed him to learn quickly; He became well known for his high quality work, especially in the field of crown and bridge. Eventually, he would own the Laboratory where he began his career, naming it Abilene Dental Laboratory
Jesse was active in his church as a member of the Fourth degree Knights of Columbus, the prestigious Knights of the Holy Sepulchre and the Central Catholic High School Building Committee; In the community, he was active with his sons in Dixie Little League, a member of the Rotary club of Abilene, and in 2003, was awarded the TORCH award for Marketplace Business Ethics. Being the ever proud father and grandfather, he and Anita attended many sporting events, band and choir concerts, cheerleading tryouts, and piano recitals.
Fervently devout and faithful to the Lord, Jesse will be missed by family and friends! Jesse was well known for his “one liners” and his joking around. He loved the outdoors, provided well for his family by example and hard work and yet possessed a tenderness and compassion for all! Quite a resourceful handyman, no project was too large!
In Lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Food Bank; The family also acknowledges grateful consideration to Hendrick Hospice, Windcrest Alzheimer Care Center and most especially to Mr. Adrian Fontenot who always cheerfully cared for him and referred to Mr. Jacques as BIG DADDY!
The family of Jesus praises the Lord and give thanks for his life!!!
Online condolences can be made to the family at www.elmwoodfuneral.com
Our most sincere and heartfelt condolences to Anita, our dearest friend, and all the family.We are presently residing in Colorado Springs since David's health decline due to Parkinson's. Anita, we will hold you and your family in our prayers.
David & Maria DavidAbilene O, TX
I pray for all the Jacques family ...
Lisa MillerAbilene, TX
My deepest sympathies for the family.
Grace RodriguezWillow Park, TX
Caroline and family
You are in our hearts and prayers.
We have some fond memories of good times spent with your dad.
Leo and Carol Bjorlie
Leo and Carol BjorlieAsheville, NC
Thinking of you and sending many prayers for comfort and peace to your wonderful family. Patrick & Tonya Railsback
Tonya RailsbackAbilene, TX
I grew up in the old Matador neighborhood knowing the Jacques family many of you won't remember me some will but I will always remember you dad he was so happy and sweet.
In later years he bought that blue & white Ford pickup from my husband David Loftis.
Always such sweet people.
Send prayers to Anita and the family.
Rest In Peace Jesse you will be missed.
David & Dee Anna (Crawford) Loftis
Dee Anna (Crawford) LoftisAbilene, TX
Tracie & I would like pass along our deepest condolences to the entire Jacques family during this difficult time. If there is any thing we can do for you please let us know
Craig, Tracie, Nicole, Greg, and Clayton Nicholas
Craig & Tracie NicholasAbilene, TX
Ginger, your father sounds like an extraordinary man. What a tribute to a life well lived. You, Jack, the kids,your mother and siblings are in my prayers. May the light of the Lord keep and heal you.
Jenny Sheltonsan angelo, TX
My Deepest Sympathy for the entire Jacques family. I know you all hold many precious memories of your Dad. God Bless You All. with Love Vicki Steadham (Lara's Aunt)
Vicki SteadhamAbilene, TX