Village mourns loss of pastor, looks to help


The North Zulch community is rallying to raise funds for the family of local youth pastor Dylan Dainty, who was killed in a car accident May 1.

Dainty’s wife Jessica also was injured in the accident, which occurred on Texas 21 when the driver of a vehicle traveling westbound lost control and crossed over the center line. The couple has two children, 2-year-old Avalynn and two-week-old Liam.

“There are no words to express the loss his family, our church family and his friends feel at this time,” North Zulch First Baptist Church Pastor Brandon Gray posted on social media. “He will be extremely missed, but always remembered as a man who loved God.”

Funeral services were held Saturday.

Friends of the young family are raising money through a GoFundMe account at Donations to the family can be made online at At press time, more than $6,000 had been contributed. Funds will go toward medical costs, childcare and the funeral, according to the website.

A Father’s Day fundraiser is scheduled for Sunday, June 19, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at North Zulch High School, 11390 5th St., North Zulch. Donations can be made for a “Mexican stackup” lunch and a silent auction also is planned.

By all accounts, Dainty, also an employee of Madisonville mushroom producer/supplier Amycel Inc., was well-loved in the local community. Pastor Gray noted that “his life of faith was seen at work, at church and [with] all those he came in contact with.”

“We know that this will not be an easy time for family and friends but God’s word says that He is a God of comfort (1 Corinthians 1:3),” the pastor wrote.

Dainty’s mother Laura Dainty posted a moving tribute to Dylan’s Facebook page.

“Our great loss was the Lord’s great gain,” she wrote. “There are no words to describe our pain. Dylan Thomas, you will be sorely missed. There are so many things I will miss about you. Your infectious smile, that contagious laugh, your warm hugs and you simply saying ‘I love you.’ I promise we’ll help take care of Jessica and that Avalynn and Liam will know how amazing you truly were. I love you to the moon and back.”

Donations can be made at any Wells Fargo location via cash, check or by using the night deposit. Please make sure to reference the Dylan Dainty Memorial Fund. The bank cannot accept donations via phone or online at this time.