Jack McVay Denson
Funeral Date: 6/2/2010

Jack McVay Denson, age 83, of Tyler, Tx. passed away May 29, 2010 in Tyler, TX., He was born April 16, 1927 in San Antonio, TX., to Mary Lou Stinson Denson and John McClede Denson. Jack graduated from Poteet High School at the age of 16. He joined the V-12 program as a student at the University of Texas at Austin, and graduated with a degree in Naval Science and Tactics in 1947. He continued his studies at the UT Austin and received a degree in petroleum engineering in 1948. Upon graduation, he worked for Texaco Oil Company until 1951 when he was recalled by the Navy to serve aboard the aircraft carrier, the U.S.S. Valley Forge, during the Korean War. In 1952, he was stationed at the Naval base in Norfolk, VA., under the command of the Commander of the Atlantic fleet. Jack was discharged in 1953 and remained in the reserves until his retirement from the Navy in 1970. He returned to work at Texaco until 1959 when he went to work for Cosden Petroleum Company (now American Petrofina, Inc.) in Big Spring, TX., In 1971 he was transferred by Fina to Tyler where he became district manager in 1973. Five years later, he was transferred to Dallas where he served as manager of Outside Operations until his retirement in 1985. In 1964 Jack married Betty Joyce “B.J.” Gray, daughter of the late Jewell Earl Gray and Ora Mae Gray and sister of Richard Gray of Warren, AR., He served as assistant director of Civil Defense in Big Spring, Chairman of the Fina Credit Union in Dallas, Chairman of the local chapter of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, and Vice Chairman of the local chapter of American Petroleum Institute in Tyler. He was a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the American Petroleum Institute, and Marvin United Methodist Church. Jack was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his beloved wife and partner, B.J. and two sons from a previous marriage. Graveside services were 11:00 a.m. Wednesday June 2, Oakland Cemetery in Warren, AR. with Rev. Gary Maskell officiating. Arrangements by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Memorials preferred Alzheimers Alliance of NE Texas, Inc., 211 Winchester Dr., Tyler, TX. 75701 or St. Jude Children Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN. 38105



Name: At Home Healthcare Beckham Office
Message: We were deeply saddened to hear of Mr. Denson's passing. No words could begin to help ease the loss you bear. Please know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Please accept our sincere condolences in the loss of your loved one and my your precious memories of Mr. Jack comfort you in the coming days.

Name: Ken and Sarah White
Message: With deepest sympathy.

Name: Kay Hellberg
Message: BJ, I meant it when I said that I am here if you need anything and I hope that you will let me know. Jack was a very dear person and you both will always have a special place in my heart.

Name: Bradley Roberts
Message: I am saddened to hear of your passing and will miss you. I am sorry we didn't get to see you one last time. We will see you again, but not yet.

Name: Bettie Cason
Message: Saddened to hear of Jack's passing. A good friend from high school days. May God bless you and yours.