John Todd McConnell, 75, of Amarillo, TX passed away on July 24, 2022.
Private family services will be held.
John Todd McConnell was born in Atchison, Kansas on October 20, 1946, to Courtney and Margaret McConnell. He graduated from Atchison High School in 1964 and from Emporia State Teacher’s College (now Emporia State University) in 1968 with a teaching degree. He moved to Amarillo and taught math at Caprock High School until his retirement. He then taught part-time at Amarillo College. He enjoyed being an adopted Texan!
John met his wife, Barbara Ann Jennings Jones, through their shared love of golf. They married on May 12, 1989. At that time, he acquired two adult kids and four grandkids that he didn’t quite know what to do with. But he loved being a part of Barbara’s family, and by the time the great-grandkids came along, he was known as Pappy. He enjoyed picking out their birthday presents and watching them play sports, always encouraging them to have fun. He was an avid reader and loved the Hallmark channel.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and great-grandson, Blake Pyle.
He is survived by 2 brothers, Steve (Susan), and Dan (DeAnna Hine); a sister, Mary Gerkovich (Terry); a niece, Erin Kelley and family; stepchildren Billy Fred Jones, Jr. (Kathy), and Carrie Broxson (Bruce); 6 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren.
9 Replies to “John Todd McConnell”
Steve, Mary & Dan, I am so sorry for your loss. I will always remember all the fun we had growing up as neighbors. Time has separated us but we still have great memories. John & I reconnected over Facebook. May the Lord be with all your families & comfort you. My love to you all.
Mr. McConnell was my math teacher for two years at Caprock High School, where I graduated in 1974. I have always remembered him as being the best teacher I ever had, in any subject, from 1st grade though 12th grade. He was a great teacher and a kind man.
John was a wonderful man to work with and an excellent teacher. I always thought of him as a co-worker and friend. He will be missed greatly.
Mr. McConnell wasn’t an easy teacher, he was exceptional. I wanted to rise to his expectations. I appreciated his sarcastic sense of humor. Thank you for helping mold the lives of many. Caprock class of 87.
Great guy. His first year at CHS was 69-70, my Senior year. His room was across from the publication’s office in the Science building.
I was in Mr McConnells math class and home room at Caprock. He was a good man and educator. RIP sir!
Sorry for your loss!
John has been a great friend for almost 40 years.
We lost a great man today.
Love you John,
Bob and Ann Steward
You were an “old school” teacher. . You knew what you wanted and demanded that from the students. In math. Thank you for caring about Caprock and it’s students. You definitely were a Longhorn Legend.
Thanks for making me a better teacher!