Reese, Jack Payne

December 2, 1934 - November 19, 2015

Jack Payne Reese, of Dallas, Texas, passed away on November 19th 2015 at the age of 80. Jack was born in Dallas on December 2nd 1934 and raised by the late James B. Reese and Charlotte Payne Reese. He graduated from Highland Park High School and married his high school sweetheart, Louise, shortly after. Jack attended the University of North Texas as a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity and graduated with his BA before becoming a jet pilot in the United States Air Force. He and his wife moved with the military to Guam for some time where Jack flew helicopters for rescue. After his time in the military Jack made a career in the insurance industry. He worked for New York Life from 1964 until he retired in 2002. The only thing Jack loved more than golfing with friends was his wife & family. His grandchildren & great grandson affectionately referred to Louise and Jack as Lollie and Pop. Jack was a dedicated and loving husband, father & grandfather and will be remembered by all for his outgoing personality.

Jack Payne Reese is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, William “Bill” Reese. He is survived by his beloved wife of almost 60 years, Louise Silliman Reese, his daughter, Karen Reese Shaw, his son, Doug Reese, his grandchildren, Annie Roche (Dafydd), Paul Shaw, Payne Reese, Gage Reese, his great grandson, Bryn Roche, his sister, Jo Anne Norwood (David), his sister-in-law, MaryAnn Reese, his brother-in-law, Rev. Edwin Silliman (Rebecca), his puppy, Honey, as well as a host of cherished extended family and good friends.

A memorial service will be held at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Plano, Texas on Tuesday, November 24th 2015 at 11:00am.  A committal service will take place at a later date when Jack is laid to rest at the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Jack’s name be made to The Shelton School 15720 Hillcrest Rd, Dallas, TX 75248 or to St. Andrew United Methodist Church 5801 W Plano Pkwy, Plano, TX 75093.


Arrangements are under the direction of:
ARIA Cremation Service & Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road, Dallas, TX 75252

12 replies on “Reese, Jack Payne”

JoeAnn Stahel says:

Please accept our condolences. We were so sorry to hear of his passing.

Linda Hamblin says:

Jack truly is one of the funniest, most charming, loyal, gentlemen I have ever had the honor of knowing. Gracious and kind, sweet and sincere at all times. Always available to listen and give truly sound advice with a few great jokes!!! I know whenever I personally really needed a ride to the airport in a family emergency, you can know Jack Reese was the go to guy.
There are many wonderful, helpful kind things he did for me
But what I remember best about Jack is his true deep love for Louise and his family. The true love that you all share made him glow with laughter and happiness.
Peace be with you
Hugs, love, Linda Hamblin


As a Sigma Phi Epsilon brother at NTSC (now UNT) in Denton we first knew Jack & Louise in the early 1950’s and have been lifelong friends ever since, knowing them as devoted college sweethearts, parents, grandparents and recently as great grandparents. Jack always had a kind word to say and with humor and a joke to entertain. We often shared that we had never known as fine a group of Christian fraternity brothers as we had enjoyed–still bonded together after over 60 years. We became even closer friends and brothers in our later years. Jack always looked for a way to say a kind word or do a kind deed for others. He was a successful businessman even then serving others! We loved him and you too, Louise like you should always love a brother & his family.

Kelly Albada Jelgersma-Clarke says:

One of my very favorite people of all time, Pop, you will be so missed.
I have such fond memories…from curb crawlin’ in the Pimp Mobile, dinner at the club or exploring the museums, shops and restaurants of Paris; you were always a special man who I’m proud to have been able to call my friend.
To Doug, Payne and Gage; Deedie, Annie and Paul; and to sweet sweet Lollie, I know this is such a hard time but please keep the fun times in your heart. I will.

Jim & Sharon Pope says:

Louise & Family so very sorry for you loss. Jack will be missed, he was a great neighbor.

Pete bogda says:

Jack was always a walking comedian. Hope you all are doing ok.

Pete and donna bogda

Bill Montague says:

Jack was one of the great New York Life agents of all time. He will be greatly missed.

Julia Farris Gilbert says:

Louise, I loved Jack as I do you. I am in shock.He was a great guy and you two were always such a darling couple. That was a lifetime ago at HPHS. where have these years gone? You are in my prayers. My husband died the day after Thanksgiving. Always try to remember all the great times for the last 60 years. It helps with the healing.

Ginger & Bob Worthy says:

Know Jack will be missed by all… Remember when we were neighbors & Jack would fix us a meal fit for a King. Louise, know your in our Hearts and always keep Jack’s Love near your own Heart. He was as solid as they come with enough love for all.

gloria hoffman snyder says:

Louise, Doug, Karen, Paul, you have lost a loved one but legions of people have lost a jovial, dependable friend. In Jack’s presence you always felt good because he had a way of making you feel like the only person of the moment. To have had the opportunity to have lunch with him and you, Louise and Doug, now means even more to me.And to have received two follow-up phone calls to tell me about the advances that had been made in his new project will help me remember him always. Thanks for sharing him with so many others like me. Love, Gloria

Thomas (Tom) Rankin says:

Jack has been my friend ever since we attended grade school together at Bradfield Elementary, Highland Park Jr. High and Highland Park High School. I could call and talk with Jack at any time day or night. He was an outstanding gentleman. I will miss him.
Tom Rankin 11/23/15

Sue Williams says:

Sincere condolences to Annie, Dafydd and family on the loss of her grandfather.
Thinking of you, Sue.

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