Monroe Dale Jost
November 14, 1947 – April 6, 2019
Monroe Jost, founder and CEO of J&S Audio Visual, Inc., was born in Goessel, Kansas on November 14, 1947. He was known for being a man after God’s own heart who demonstrated honor and respect for his family, friends and associates. He had a love for life, compassion for people, and loved his family. The good Lord took him at the age of 71 at 1:05 PM CST on April 6, 2019.
Monroe was 3 years of age when his mother, Hulda Hiebert, passed away. His six siblings and father, John M. Jost, continued to work the farm which led to a hard life with minimal resources. Monroe was on his own at a very young age with an 8th grade education. He worked various jobs for the next few years. After the Vietnam War began, he was drafted by the Army in January, 1967 in Leavenworth, Missouri and from there, he went for training at the White Sands Missile Base in New Mexico. Following training, he was deployed to South Korea and ultimately to Vietnam. He was stationed on a Nuclear Missile Site and was discharged in 1969 from Active duty. Later, he utilized the GI Bill to obtain his Electronic Technical Degree at Wichita Technical Institute.
Monroe began working at Hoover Brothers in 1971. In December, 1985, he purchased part of the Audio Visual Division from Hoover Brothers and started J&S Audio Visual, Inc. (“JSAV”). Monroe had a real passion for his AV business of 35 years and was devoted to his employees’ and customers’ success. During that time period, he also served on the Board of Directors of the International Communications Industry Association (ICIA) for several years. On November 1, 2017, he sold a majority interest of his company, JSAV, to Ashford, Inc. His plan was to retire in May, 2019 to spend more time with his family and enjoy life.
Monroe was married to Carolyn Klassen from 1971-1996. They were blessed with two wonderful boys. In December 2000, Monroe married his soul mate, Karen Waller Earwood, who loved and cared for him until his death. Monroe is survived by his 3 sisters, Jennette Koehn, Pearl Ensz, and Kathy Ensz; and his two brothers, Gladwin (Smiley) and Glenn Jost. His third brother, John C. Jost, passed away in 2015. Monroe’s sons are Todd Jost and Kevin Jost with wife Nicole and granddaughters Katy 12 and Haley 9. In addition, he has one step-son, Jason Earwood with wife Megan and granddaughter Katie 13 and grandson David 10. Having had six brothers and sisters, there are many 1st and 2nd generation nieces and nephews. Services will be led by Jim Burrow and Robert Stolte, members of Prestoncrest Church of Christ.
The Visitation is on Tuesday, April 16th from 5PM - 7PM at Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home & Memorial Park 7405 W. Northwest Hwy., Dallas, TX 75225
Funeral Services will be on Wednesday, April 17th at 1:00PM at Prestoncrest Church of Christ 6022 Preston Crest Ln., Dallas, TX 75230 Burial/Laying to Rest-Military Honoring will follow at 2:45 PM at Sparkman-Hillcrest Funeral Home & Memorial Park A Celebration of Life Reception will follow the Burial from 4:00PM - 6:00PM at the Renaissance Hotel & Ballroom, 15201 Dallas Parkway, Addison, TX 75001.
- Visitation Tuesday, April 16, 2019
- Visitation Wednesday, April 17, 2019
- Funeral Service Wednesday, April 17, 2019
- Committal Service Wednesday, April 17, 2019
- A Celebration of Life Reception Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Monroe Dale Jost
April 17, 2019
I had the pleasure of meeting Monroe about 33 years ago when I worked for the Ritz Carlton Hotel Company in Naples. He could light up a room with his conversations and personality. When I went to work for Kiawah Island Resort we needed to find a new AV company and he was the first and only person that I thought of. I soon went to work for him and he was by far the best person in my career that I have ever worked for. He treated everybody like family and his memory and devotion to everyone and this company will live on through us all. Rest in peace Monroe, and my thoughts and prayers go out to the whole Jost Family.
April 16, 2019
What a loss we feel at Monroe's passing! Our connection with Monroe goes back to his childhood. Monroe grew up less than 2 miles from our farm. We attended grade school together in that one-room school house half-way between our farms, and enjoyed many fun experiences, some full of mischievous fun. We baled hay and bucked bales on a hot summer day (Glenn and Johnny too), then swam in the pond down in the pasture. The other day while fixing fence and I saw that pond, I cried as I remembered this great friend. I'd take him along to local high school ball games. I always enjoyed being around him. Then there was the time he drove his Plymouth hemie, taking it to 130 mph in less than a quarter mile, at that school house corner!! He won at many drag races he drove in. In recent years we enjoyed occasional visits on the phone. It was a pleasure to meet Karen when he brought her to the homeplace farm about 2 years ago. He was a true friend. Our sincere sympathies to Karen and boys, and Monroe's brothers and sisters.---Don Rosfeld (and Mary)
JUAN MANUEL GACHUZ CRUZ
April 16, 2019
Juan manuel gachuz cruz
Tube la oprtunidad de ver y conocer al sr Monroe solo en 2 ocaciones a lo largo
De mi trabajo en j&s o jsav ,
No hubo diálogos ,solo saludos acentuados con la cabeza y un hola sonriente
Pero con la mirada fue mas allá de cualquier conversación prolongada
La mirada que tienen las buenas personas , sinceras , y una gran carga de
Humanidad ,Asia los demas
la mirada de un guerrero ,soñador y visionario ,
la mirada de las personas que luchan para cristalizar y realizar sus sueños
con esfuerzo día a día con entusiasmo y agallas
la mirada de las personas en que puedes confiar plenamente e ir para adelante
esa fue la impresión que senti al conocer al sr Monroe y creo no equivocarme al expresarla
gracias a su iniciativa, trabajo, pasion , y esfuerzo , para fundar esta empresa , .hoy muchas
familias en cancun mexico y otras ciudades,llevan el pan a su mesa y el bienestar a su familia
a nombre de muchos compañeros de jsav mexico , que no tienen la posivilida de comunicarse
y expresar su gratitud y condolencias a la familia del sr Monroe , expresamos nuestro pesar
y las mas sinceras condolencias
así mismo tomamos el ejemplo, desde cada una de nuestras trincheras , para continuar con
el legado de trabajo , éxito y pasión del sr Monroe que tubo para su gran empresa jsav
a nombre de mis compañeros de el área de servicio canun ,dimas ,erick ,juan Alfonso ,de mi hijo adalberto y yo
damos nuestro mas sentido pesame a la familia del sr Monroe Jost
solo se nos adelanto en el camino
que dios lo tenga en su regazo , descanse en paz
April 15, 2019
Monroe was a man who understood the idea that good and honest hard work is what it takes to get you far in life and I will continue to portray that in all my JSAV dealings to honor him. May your soul rest peacefully knowing we will continue to care for your legacy with the same earnestness that you did.
April 11, 2019
I didn't know Monroe for long. I just started working for JSAV back in October. However, one cannot judge the depth of feeling by time. Both Monroe and my husband were Vietnam Veterans. My husband had always made sure that other Vietnam Veterans participated in parades in their honor. My husband made sure to show up at DFW Airport for Welcome Home A Hero, to make sure our men and women in service to our country never came home to the hate and shame he did. But no one, outside his family, had ever told my husband "Welcome Home."
For Christmas last year, Monroe decided that the JSAV giving would be tickets to the Armed Services Bowl...and my family received tickets. At the event, as they asked our Veterans to stand, my husband stood to cheers like he had never heard before. He had tears running down his face from the joy of finally receiving his "Welcome Home". Other people came up and shook his hand...it was amazing the outpouring of love and appreciation my husband felt. All from a set of football tickets.
But this was Monroe. The simple things he did, meant so much to so many. But that was who he was.
Monroe was many things, but the best thing I can say, is he was a warrior. So others understand, I offer up a quote from Sitting Bull -
"Warriors are not what you think of as warriors. The warrior is not someone who fights, for no one has the right to take another life. The warrior, for us, is the one who sacrifices himself for the good of others. His task is to take care of the elderly, the defenseless, those who cannot provide for themselves, and above all, the children, the future of humanity."
This, for me, was Monroe. It's the greatest tribute I can give to him.
Until we meet again Sir.
April 11, 2019
I was blessed to have time with him a week before. We had just received an email that week about his official retirement coming up. So I passed by his office and asked if he had a minute. Of course he said, as he always did, "Come on in, what's on your mind, Brett?". I just wanted to thank him for the opportunity to have known him all these years, and for all that he had done for me. Also for allowing me to be a part of such a great accumulation of people. He had a knack for finding good people, that's for sure. We talked about my wedding, which Karen and he had attended years ago in Cancun. "What a party that was" he said. And it was.
We have come a long way from when I first met him. Which as I recall, after inviting me to meet him and Hudson in Cancun, the first words out of his mouth was, "So why the heck should I hire you?". . .
I am not sure Monroe, but I am glad you did. My life is better for having known you.
April 11, 2019
Monroe deaths remind me following proverb:
"The memory of the righteous is a blessing." Proverbs 10:7
"What moves through us is a silence, a quiet sadness, a longing for one more day, one more word, one more touch. We may not understand why you left this earth , or why you left before we were ready to say good-bye, but little by little, we begin to remember not just that you died, but that you lived. And that your life gave us memories too beautiful to forget. There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart. We love you and will miss you rest of our life !
Pam & Todd Christian
April 11, 2019
Todd & I remember the 1st day we met Monroe in our neighborhood 6 years ago and he stayed a good friend since that day. Karen & the boys we are praying for your strengths and just know Monroe is looking after you all.
Monroe will be missed daily for sure. Lots of good times we had with him that we will keep in our thoughts & hearts. . Hopefully he keeps an eye on all of us that loved him. ❤️❌⭕️🙏🏼
April 10, 2019
Thinking of you and all the good times we had and thinking of you and your boys.
April 10, 2019
Monroe was one of the really great men that I have been blessed to meet in my life. I had the pleasure to coach his sons in football and basketball when they were young. Kevin and my son Zach have remained good friends to this day. I know of no other parent who was as supportive of his boys, our teams, and me as a coach. One of the really special guys. I will never forget that larger than life laugh and his love for life and his family and friends.
April 10, 2019
Monroe was a rare gem. He believed in having conviction, being a man of his word and having passion for people. He knew how to truly light up a room and he made everyone feel like they were important and treated them like family. Having the pleasure of getting to work side by side with Monroe was an honor and a blessing. We all learned many lessons from him that we will carry through our professional & personal lives. He will be missed as a wonderful leader, father figure, mentor & friend. I will personally miss his jokes and our laughs we shared. Never far from our minds and hearts as we continue your legacy in this amazing company that you built.
Thank you for just being you!
April 10, 2019
I cannot tell you how saddened I was to learn of Monroe's passing. After living up north for 20 years, my wife Gail and I hope to be retiring to Texas this year and we both looked forward to seeing Monroe and reminiscing over old times. Monroe hired me in 1980 and over 2 stints with J&S I put in 14 years with the company. Monroe was a true mentor to me in what would turn out to be a 38 year career in the Audio Visual industry. I've used insights gained from Monroe throughout my career. Monroe was the rare CEO that not only inspired loyalty in his staff but also friendship. While working for Monroe I married and my wife thought as much of Monroe as I did. Throughout my positions in Dallas, Ft. Worth, Amelia Island , Florida and Nassau, Bahamas, Monroe was steadfast in his support professionally but more importantly, his loyal friendship during difficult times will always mean the world to us. Please know that your father, husband, grandfather, was a giant of a man, a giant in the industry and most importantly, a giant friend. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Please know our hearts and our prayers will be with you during this difficult time.
April 10, 2019
I had the privilege to be Monroe's banker for awhile. I have many memories of our time working together but our friendship was special to me. When my twins were born they were in the hospital for 3 weeks. When we finally got to take them home, the next day Monroe and Karen were at my door with a double stroller. I told him I didn't know he even knew where I lived. He said, he didn't know but looked it up and had to bring us this gift as he was concerned for my family. Oh, and that stroller was absolutely awesome and was used all the time. I could tell many more stories of Monroe being generous, thoughtful, and kind to me and many other people. He left behind an example of human kindness we can all try to follow. I will miss him dearly.
Karen, Kevin, and Todd - you are in our prayers.
April 10, 2019
Our deepest sympathies! We loved U Monroe for his generous heart and love of talking with people. Greg still remembers the good business advice U Monroe gave him when we moved our little family to the Carolinas and started a new business in a place we didn't have much knowledge about. We always loved being together at Jost gatherings and it made us feel so special when you and U Glens came to see us after you had vacationed together in Hilton Head. We are praying that you will feel the comfort and love of our Heavenly Father at this sad time. We love you Karen, Kevin, Todd and family's.