October 12, 1949 - April 2, 2017
John Simon was born October 12, 1949. His brothers, Larry and Ernest, preceded him in death.
He leaves his wife of 14 years, Sue Simon; his son, Corey Simon, and his wife, Kara Simon, and his grandson, Ashton; his daughter, Tracy Simon, and her companion, Peter Roesset; his daughter-in-law, Mandy Leap, and her husband, Nate Leap, and his grandsons, Ethan and Lincoln; and many close friends.
He was born and raised by his grandparents in Iowa and spent summers with his father, who was a chuck wagon cook. In his early years, he was a deputy sheriff in Cherokee County, Iowa, and worked on a cattle ranch in Northern Nevada. He permanently settled in Texas and worked in the oil and gas industry. He met the love of his life, Sue, in 1999, and they married in 2002. He retired from Geico in 2015.
He was an avid reader of multiple books at a time and enjoyed anything written by Baldacci, Meltzer, Patterson, Cussler, Grisham, and Clancy. His favorite pastimes were watching movies and swimming in the backyard pool. He was a devoted fan of the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Longhorns, and Iowa Hawkeyes. He loved a good steak, a glass of Weller, and a fine cigar.
– What excited him most was watching his children succeed
— His daughter Tracy is a lifelong learner—she obtained her dream of earning her bachelor’s degree after working a full time job while taking college classes and is currently pursuing her master’s degree
— His son, Corey, consistently progressed over the years to a director position at Wells Fargo, and made him a grandfather to Ashton last year
– In working at Geico, he sought the opportunity to give back to his community. He participated in the Easter Basket Project for the Scottish Rite where the employees assembled Easter baskets. The joy for John was seeing children’s faces as he delivered the Easter baskets.
– At Christmas, John enjoyed serving less fortunate families by working with religious charities that provided presents for their children.
A service to celebrate his life will be held at 4:00 P.M., Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at ARIA Memorial Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the American Heart Association www.donatenow.heart.org
Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252