John Frederick Magee was born on Dec. 22, 1941, in Fort Worth, and passed away on Sept. 29, 2017, in Madisonville, at the age of 75 years. His parents were Morton and Velma Louise (Pasche) Magee.
John played football for the University of Houston. During that time, his team had the opportunity to play in the Orange Bowl. Following college, John worked as a science teacher for Houston ISD for 30 years. He also coached football, baseball and basketball, as well as refereed basketball games. John was a charter member of the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association and coached the very first High School All Star Baseball Team, coaching for the South Team. Their first game was held in the Houston Astrodome. John had a passion for helping his students. The respectful teaching relationship he shared with his students in high school continued to grow, turning into lifelong friendships.
Following his retirement from Houston ISD, John worked for a financial consulting business for another 20 years. He also enjoyed working as a substitute teacher for a number of schools in the area, including Madisonville CISD.
Singing was a love of John’s, and he had a beautiful voice. In his free time, he liked going to nursing homes and different singings in the area to share his special gift. He always felt that his main goal in life was to be and ambassador for Christ. John had lived in Madisonville for the past two years and was Baptist in faith.
John was preceded in death by both of his parents and sister, Sandra Kovacs. Surviving family members include wife of nearly 3 years, Blanche Magee of Madisonville; daughters, Lesley Ann Dybrack (John) of Ventura, Calif., and Kim Louise Magee of Houston; stepsons, Steven Lamb of Houston and Donald Lamb of Beaumont; and stepdaughter, Robyn Morell (Chuck) of McKinney. John is also survived by grandson, James Dybrack of Ventura, and step-grandchildren Rhiannon and Braedon Morell of McKinney.
Memorial services for John will be held on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, at 11 a.m. at Madisonville Christian Fellowship. The Rev. Wade Phillips will officiate the service.
Madisonville Funeral Home in Madisonville is in charge of arrangements. Please visit www.madisonvillefuneralhome.com to view John's memorial tribute page.