Joseph Charles "Jake" Connor, 80, lost his battle with cancer and died at his home on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014.
He was born March 10, 1933, in Abbeville, La., to Edward "Cap" and Lodiana (Romero) Connor. He served in the Navy during the Korean War
. A locksmith by trade, he owned his own business in Houston for 30 years.
He married Cleda Gordon on March 29, 1955, and the union was blessed with two children. That marriage ended in divorce in 1968.
On Feb. 8, 1969, he married Jacqueline Grandt in St. Peter, Ill., and they were celebrating their 45th anniversary on the day he died.
He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline, of Holly Lake Ranch; son, Bryan Connor, of Edina, Minn.; daughter, Lisa Reynolds, of Prescott, Ariz.; six grandchildren, Amber and Brianna Connor, of Minneapolis, Minn., Christopher (Bri) Reynolds, Sarah (Michael) Cook, Karah Reynolds, of Prescott, Ariz., and Ryan Reynolds of Oxnard, Calif.; along with six great-grandchildren. Also surviving are his sister, Gloria Faye (Donald) Broussard and brother-in-law, Roger (Anna) Grandt, of Tyrone, Ga.; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Jake was an avid fisherman, loved to dance, read western novels and tell jokes. He was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church at Holly Lake Ranch and a charter member of the Knights of Columbus Council 15174. He never met a stranger and will be missed by many.
As he wished, his body was donated for research to The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.
A memorial service is to be held at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1612 Farm-to-Market Road 2869 S., Holly Lake Ranch, 75765, at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014.
If desired, memorials may be given to the
, The Hospice of East Texas Foundation or his church.