Jack K. Scarth – August 1, 2017

Jack Scarth of Farnsworth, Texas passed away August 1, 2017 due to complications of Parkinson’s disease.

Memorial services will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, at First Baptist Church in Perryton with Richard Laverty, pastor, officiating.  Burial will be private in Ochiltree Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

He was born November 23, 1929 in Higgins, Texas and attended school in Booker and Amarillo. He married Ruth Lavon Deal on April 6, 1949. Together they lived and worked mostly in Perryton, Stratford, and Texline, Texas. He was preceded in death by parents Willard and Leila Clark Scarth, his wife Ruth, and granddaughter Shanna Scarth. He is survived by brothers Dale and Bob Scarth, sister Sue Hershey, his children Pat and Janet Scarth, Jim and Phyllis Perkins, and Ken and Jeri Scarth, 8 grandchildren and their spouses, and 15 great-grandchildren.

Although Jack lamented his own lack of formal education, he was an expert in his chosen fields of farming and oil and gas. He was a student of American and Texas history, cowboy culture, and an avid reader of Western novels. He was dedicated to his family, ensuring they knew the importance of education, hard work, and especially of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. He taught by example everything from how to have a good marriage to how to drive a vehicle, from the importance of geometry to good magic tricks, from woodworking to how to keep Christ at the center of your life. When he did “take time off” or eventually retire, he would spend much of his time and resources in the service of God and others, helping to build churches or working on missions, supporting them in many ways.  He and Ruth loved to travel, taking each of their grandchildren on long RV trips, and then spending much of their golden years in Colorado or on the Gulf Coast RVing with friends and family. When health issues forced them to stay home, Jack continued to show his steadfast dedication to home and family, caring for Ruth until she passed and mowing the lawn and watering tree rows until Parkinson’s forced him to stop. Through it all, he provided a determined witness of a life dedicated to sharing the saving love of Christ with all he met.

Survivors include his children, Pat Scarth and wife Janet, of Amarillo, Phyllis Perkins and husband Jim, serving in Africa, and Ken Scarth and wife Jeri, of Grand Haven, Michigan; grandchildren, Shelly Hough and husband Eric, of Aubrey, Justin Scarth and wife Erin, of Austin, Melissa Paruolo and husband Tom, of Edmond, Oklahoma, Cara McLeod and husband Scott, of Frisco, Aubrey Shipp and husband Joey, of Amarillo, Aaron Scarth and wife Danielle of California, Jacqueline Schimmel and husband Matthew, of Kalamazoo, Michigan, and Caleb Scarth of Connecticut, Amanda Smith and husband Eric of Jenison, Michigan, Kelly Ohlendorf and husband Scott, of Grand Haven, Michigan, and Leanne Hathaway and husband Tony, of Grand Haven, Michigan; and great-grandchildren, Brenden, Heather and Nathan Hough, James and Nicholas Scarth, Juliana and Sophia Paruolo, Ryder and Addie McLeod, Hunter, Logan, Dylan and Sawyer Scarth, Cameron Renner, Brynleigh Shipp, Maggie and Ty Smith, Charlie Ohlendorf, and Landon and Grayson Hathaway.

Viewing will be from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Thursday and Friday at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home in Amarillo.  A visitation will be from 6:30-8:00 p.m., Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, at South Georgia Baptist Church in Amarillo.  Viewing will be from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, at First Baptist Church in Perryton.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to:

Hope for Eternity

14080 Nacogdoches Rd, Ste 173

San Antonio, TX 78247

One Response to “Jack K. Scarth – August 1, 2017”

  1. jim bob brown says:

    Ken, Pat, and Phyllis
    Sorry for your loss. Our condolences. Jack truly loved the Lord and led by example.
    Jim Bob and Patty Brown

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