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2013-01-24

John Smith Ivy, Jr.

1934-2013

John Smith Ivy Jr., of Medina and formerly of Houston, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 12, at his ranch with family by his side. He was born on May 31, 1934 in Houston to John Smith Ivy and Caro Gayle Ivy.
After graduating from the Kinkaid School, John attended Rice Institute - now Rice University - and the University of Texas at Austin where he graduated in 1957 with a BA degree in geography. After receiving a BBA in business in 1959, he joined the United States Army where he was stationed in Fort Dix, New Jersey.
John was honorably discharged from the army in 1961 and returned to Houston and a position as director of finance with Texas Eastern Transmission where he reported directly to the CEO and CFO.
He was instrumental in acquiring for Texas Eastern the 30 contiguous city blocks in downtown Houston called Houston Center.
John served as Republican Precinct Chairman in Larchmont and later held the same position in Briarcroft.
With two sons, he was involved in the Post Oak Little League, Karl Young Pony League, football leagues and anything else that interested his sons. They will always remember him as "Coach Ivy" as John always coached or managed any team of which they were a part.
On Feb. 20, 1982, he married Patsy Hollbrook. In 1997, the couple moved permanently to their ranch in Medina where John became a full time rancher who was heavily involved in the community. He served as president of the Medina Volunteer Fire Department. John was happiest ranching, working as a first responder and having family and close friends visit.
He is survived by his wife, Pat; John Smith Ivy III and wife, Jennifer, of New Braunfels; Terrell Conway Ivy and his wife, Kira, of Missouri City; Alana Dee Thomson Walter of Huffman; grandchildren, Christina Elizabeth Ivy, John Matthew Ivy, Mackenzie Maurine Ivy; Sydney Gayle Ivy, Garrett Conway Ivy, Erin Lee Walter, Benjamin Carl Walter; great-grandchild, Lily
Marie Moore-Walter; sisters, Caro Ivy Walker; Barbara Ivy Jogerst and her husband, Allen, of Houston; and Mary Ivy Farr of Gilford, New Hampshire; and brother Conway Gayle Ivy and his wife, Diane, of Beaufort, South Carolina, as well as by numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
A memorial service was held Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Medina United Methodist Church in Medina. Memorial donations may be made to the John S. Ivy Jr. Memorial Fire Fighter Fund, in care of the Medina Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 63, Medina 78055, or to a charity of choice.