Purtell Jr., John Michael

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September 22, 1942 - September 9, 2017

Purtell Jr., John Michael

John Michael Purtell Jr. of Farmers Branch, Texas passed away on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at the age of 74.  He was born September 22, 1942.

John is survived by his wife of 52 years, Sharron Brennan Purtell, his 5 daughters and 3 sons-in-law, and 12 grandchildren: Shannon Lattimore and her sons, DJ and Liam;  Megan and Gerry Nichols and their daughters, Haley and Brooke;  Nora and Dave Bose and their children, Anna, Isabella, Jackson and Keira; Amy Henderson and her daughters, Emily and Sarah; and Drs. Erin and Colin Kane and their boys, Owen and Charlie.  He is also survived by his sister, Denise and her husband, Mike Nelson; and his brother, Tomas and his wife, Janette; his sister-in-law, Sue; and his nieces, Darrah and Maura.  John is preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Marie Purtell and his brother, Jim.

John was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois.  John graduated from Fenwick High School and went on to attend The University of Notre Dame.  John also received his MBA from Loyola University in Chicago.  After working for Sears Roebuck for almost 20 years, John pursued a career change moving his family to California to work for Online Microcenter.  After two years they moved again and ended up in Dallas, Texas in 1985.  Leaving the corporate world to pursue a lifelong dream, John decided to be his own boss and bought Party King Beverages and opened a BCT franchise.  He retired in 2012.  Never one to sit still, John took a part time job with Home Depot, drove for Uber and spent countless hours as a handyman for his kids and their friends.

John was a lifelong avid golfer and loved playing regularly.  He had an amazing gift for remembering almost every hole he played on any course.  John enjoyed playing poker with his buddies at Brookhaven Country Club.  Most of all he loved spending time with his family.

John will be remembered as caring, hardworking and dependable. He valued a good effort and always believed the best in people whether they were family, friends, coworkers or employees.  We all wanted to make him proud.

A man’s most lasting influence on the world

Is seen in the faces of his family

In the light in their eyes

When they talk about him

In the love they will hold onto forever.

Celebration of Life Mass to be held on Friday September 22, 2017 at 1:00 pm at Mary Immaculate Catholic Church, 2800 Valwood Parkway Farmers Branch 75234.

Reception at the church following the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Fr. Ray Foundation www.fr-ray.org.

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Bob Mallon

September 24, 2017 12:51PM

Sharron and family, our prayers are with you and family at this time. We knew John during high school days at Fenwick in Oak Park. Sincerely, Bob, Ron


Gary and Pia De Launey

September 21, 2017 8:38PM

He will be missed. He was a true inspiration to many.


Sherry Conaway

September 20, 2017 11:14PM

What a great man he was. He will be greatly missed. The family is in my prayers. Much love to you all. ❤️


Patricia Lopez

September 19, 2017 3:41PM

My prayers and thoughts are with Family and Friends.


Prissy and Bob Maher

September 18, 2017 7:57AM

We will miss his humor and his loving ways with everyone he met! God Speed John!


Patti and Kirk Waidelich and family

September 17, 2017 4:50PM

We are so sorry to hear this sad news. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Praying God holds you all in His love and comforts each one of you. Your family is blessed with love, strength, and faith.


Jamie and Rick Federick

September 17, 2017 12:12PM

John was a really neat friend. We loved his humor, his fairness and his passion for his beautiful family. We have so many fond memories of John at Brookhaven from the time I sold him a membership to the club. Enjoyed playing golf and spending the weekend at their condo on the eve of my colon cancer resection operation. He and Sharron have always been caring and forgiving friends. He will be missed on this earth.❤️


Mary Beth Bass

September 17, 2017 11:04AM

Shannon,
I am so sorry for you and your family. I am here if I can help in any way. I love you.


Jim and Linda Webb

September 17, 2017 10:55AM

Loved the photos in the slideshow. My fondest memories of John are always when he giggled. He was a blessing to his family and those he knew.


Becky Wands

September 17, 2017 8:55AM

John will be missed by so many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Sharron and your family. May light perpetual shine upon him. Amen


Elizabeth Bingham

September 17, 2017 8:23AM

A man with a full heart because of his family and friends. Will be missed but not forgotten.


Becci Starr

September 17, 2017 2:32AM

I remember John because he was my best friend's big brother and came occasionally to visit in Colorado usually for family events but sometimes just to play golf. He was larger than life and one of the most positive motivated men I had ever met. I admired him very much. I am so sorry for the loss of your family. The world was a better place with him in it.....


Joan Bosej

September 16, 2017 12:52PM

John Purtell was a true gift to so many. How lucky we all are.


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