John William Broadfoot, Sr., of Amarillo, Texas was born in Longview, Texas on December 5, 1935, and died on October 28, 2022.
He was the grandson of Dr. John and Sally Meadows of Vidalia and William and Mattie Broadfoot of Longview, Texas. His parents were Bill and Vela Meadows of Vidalia, Georgia.
John lived in Longview, Texas until the age of 6 when his parents moved to DeKalb, Texas. At age 12 they moved to Vidalia, GA and he attended junior high and high school through the 11th grade. John attended Georgia Military Academy, College Park, Georgia, his senior year and graduated in 1954. He subsequently entered Georgia Tech and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial management in 1959, he was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. He enlisted in the Army and transferred to the Air Force and on completion of his tour of duty he became a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Medical Corp. On release of the military, John entered Mercer Law School where he graduated in 1965, he was in the upper 10 percent of his class and was on the Moot Court and Case Note Editor of the Law Review.
He then returned to Texas where he served as an Assistant District Attorney for Potter County, Amarillo, Texas. He later opened a private practice, practicing both civil and criminal law his office was located at 1015 W. 10th. He would often say, “Mi Casa, Su Casa” to his clients.
John was admitted to and practiced before the Texas District Courts, the county courts, courts throughout the Panhandle of Texas, the Northern and Western District Courts, the 5th and 10th Circuit Courts of Appeal, and the United States Supreme Court. John was appointed an Advisor to Registrants during the Vietnam War, under the administration of President Ford, and was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from President Ford.
Mr. Broadfoot was a member of the Amarillo Bar Association, Texas Bar Association, Texas Trial Lawyers, College of the State Bar of Texas, Panhandle Bankruptcy Bar Association, the Panhandle Family Law Association, NAACP, LULAC, and numerous other organizations. He was a director and trustee of the Meadows Foundation in Dallas, Texas, which was founded by his family and established as a charitable foundation. The Foundation has funded many non-profit organizations in Amarillo and the Panhandle area.
John along with his wife, Alexis who he was married to for 46 years, loved the law and enjoyed helping people. He was often fond of saying “God works in mysterious ways.”
He is preceded in death by his father, William Clifton Broadfoot; mother, Vela Meadows Broadfoot; brother, Larry Meadows Broadfoot; wife, Alexis McCaleb Broadfoot; a stepson, Todd Dold; and a grandson, Gage Broadfoot.
John is survived by one sister, Judy Broadfoot Culbertson of Dallas, TX; his children, a son John Broadfoot, Jr. and wife Lissea of Amarillo, TX, a daughter Jean Silvertooth and husband Jon of McKinney, TX, a son Richard Broadfoot of Lubbock, TX; four granddaughters, Blake Silvertooth, Channing Delgatti, Macy Silvertooth, and Lauren Broadfoot; and numerous cousins.
Services to be held at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel on Monday, October 31, 2022, at 2:00 p.m., located at 2800 Paramount Boulevard, Amarillo, TX.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to High Plains Children’s Home.
3 Replies to “John William Broadfoot, Sr.”
John & Lissea, I am truly sorry to hear about John Sr.
Unfortunately, I just learned of his passing & funeral today at 2:00 and I am in Borger at 2:10.
Prayers for your family. Pablo Sintas
I am so sorry to hear of your father’s death. It’s so hard to lose your parents and all that knowledge they have stored of the past. I pray you will find peace and that you and your family will be comforted by knowing how many people care about you all.
During my time as a newscaster in Amarillo, I would often call him for clarification on a particular story. John was always calm, patient and helpful. Sometimes, I would call him just to hear him talk as I loved his accent. I admired him and appreciated his dedication and willingness to help others. He lived a Christian life by helping those in need. — Larry Todd, Austin.