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John Francis Lott, Sr.

John Lott Sr.

1914 - 2012

Published May 10, 2012 @ 10:12 a.m.

John Francis Lott, Sr. of Lubbock, Texas, age 98, died Wednesday, May 9, 2012.

Family graveside services will take place Saturday, May 12 at 2 p.m. followed by a memorial service at 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Lubbock with a reception to follow in the church parlor. Visitation at Rix Funeral Home will be Friday until noon Saturday.

Mr. Lott was born in Kansas City, MO on March 24, 1914 to Mamie Slaughter Lott and Frank E. Lott. He graduated Wentworth Military Academy and served as a First Lieutenant, G2, in the US Army Reserve. He married Ryla Tizard Lott on December 28, 1935. Mr. Lott was employed at the Ford Mortor Company accounting department from 1933 to 1945, at which time he moved his family to Post, TX and assumed leadership of the family ranching and farming operations of the U Lazy S Ranch. He became an active and valued member of the Post community where he served in various capacities at First United Methodist Church, the Boy Scouts of America Post Troop 16, and experimental ranching organizations.

After turning over the ranching operations to his son in 1958, he and Ryla moved to Lubbock where his interest in civic and philanthropic activities expanded to include regional, national and international boy scouting (Silver Beaver, Silver Antelope, Silver Buffalo, Bronze Wolf, Ryla and John F. Lott South Plains Boy Scout Office); Methodist Hospital (Board of Trustees 1959-1988, Ryla and John F. Lott Neonatal Unit); the Louise Underwood Center (John F. Lott Gallery); and the National Ranching Heritage Center (co-founder, donor of first structure, 2000 Boss of the Plains). Mr. Lott’s other interests included international travel, model railroading, art, and his large family.

He is predeceased by his wife, Ryla, who died in 1994 and his sister, Mary Belle Lott Macy, who died in 2005.  On July 7, 1998 he married Sue Bledsoe Scott Lott, who survives him. He also is survived by his son, John F. Lott, Jr. and wife, Molly, of Santa Fe, NM; Patricia Lott Kirkpatrick and husband K.W. of Post; Linda Lott Bouchier and husband Ronnie of Houston; grandchildren Kim Lott Peacock and husband, Joe, of San Antonio; Jay Lott and wife Kim of Post; Jeff Lott and wife Gena of Post; Mark Kirkpatrick and wife Lisa of Post; Cindy Kirkpatrick Hughes and husband Robert of South Lake; Richard Kirkpatrick and wife Kim of Lubbock; Drew Kirkpatrick and wife Tonya of Post; Kathy Kirkpatrick Burt and husband Jon of Kaufman; Blair Bouchier and wife Janice of Taos, NM; Ryla Bouchier of Houston; Lew Bouchier of Austin; 28 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; nephew Bob Macy and wife Debbie of Post; nephew David Bennett and wife Patty of Jermyn, TX; and Sue’s sons Jeff, Blake, and Brent Scott.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to South Plains Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the National Ranching Heritage Center, or the charity of your choice.

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