John Clinton McQuistion Jr.

June 3, 1943November 9, 2020
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John Clinton McQuistion Jr., age 77, husband of Regina Karp McQuistion of Mesquite, Texas passed away on Monday, November 9, 2020 at Dallas Regional Hospital in Mesquite, Texas. John was born June 3, 1943 in Hutchison, KS, he was the son of the late John C and Esther McQuistion.

John attended Fort Pierre High School in South Dakota, and then graduated with a BBA from the National School of Business in Rapid City, SD. He grew up on a ranch North of Fort Pierre, SD. John later worked for 28 years at Kmart as a store manager. In his spare time he liked to travel in his RV.

He is survived by his wife Regina "Jean" Karp McQuistion of Mesquite, Texas and son Shaun and his wife Katy, Rockwall, TX; 3 grandchildren: Shea of San Diego, CA, Bryn of Denton, TX and Luke of Rockwall, TX. He is also survived by his brothers Larry of Fort Pierre, SD and Gary of Chamberlain, SD and by nieces and nephews.

John and Regina were married for 55 years.

A memorial service for John will be held Sunday, November 22, 2020 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM at Anderson-Clayton-Gonzalez Funeral Home, 1111 MILITARY PKWY, MESQUITE, TX 75149. A cremation will occur.

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Rosalie Stangle

November 24, 2020

I (Rosalie Stangle--Jeanie's sister) have many fond memories of my brother -in- law John. Leo and I spent many trips together with Jeanie and John in our motorhomes and campers----traveling to AZ to sister Judy and Jim's, to Vegas, Florida, and Fort Pierre to Barb and Larry's and many more destinations. Almost every 4th of July they would be at our house in Scenic SD for our yearly "Family Gathering". But sadly I lost my Leo in Aug 2011 due to a massive stroke, 3 months after we celebrated our 50th Wedding Anniversary. And now we have lost our "John".

One time when Leo and I were in their Mesquite TX home I had a mild heart attack which was very scary away from home.

Family will miss John and Leo and also at our yearly "Family Gatherings" in Scenic in July.

Rest in peace with the Lord --John, Leo and other family members.

Shawn McQuistion

November 22, 2020

Jeanie, Shaun & family,
I am so sorry for the loss of John. There are so many memories of John as he was so special to so many of us. We all will cherish his smile, laughter and jokes. You all are in my thoughts and prayers . Take care and sending hugs to you all!!
Shawn McQuistion


November 22, 2020

Such a sweet Soul! Loved his family and especially his RV! We've shared knowledge and jokes! What a Blessing to me and my family for 16yrs! Blessings to Mrs. Jean and the family 🙏 🙏 🙏❤

Susan Tierney

November 22, 2020

Shaun & Katy,

Very sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. Loved watching the video and getting a glimpse of his life. He seemed like an amazing man, husband, dad and grand dad. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Gwen and Mike Jeffrey

November 22, 2020

May our Almighty Father grant your family Comfort-Love and Peace .
Gwen and Mike

Nancy Olson

November 22, 2020

many fond memories!!!

Sending my love to Jean Shaun and the family!!!

Jim & Judy Warren

November 22, 2020

This past July we were back in South Dakota for Jean and my sister Rosalie’s 4th of July get together, this was the get together that Rosalie missed because of her need for emergency surgery. Though she was not able to be there, we stayed here at her house. John, Jean, Shaun and Luke stayed there too. It was a fun time where we are together, and played a new card game that Shaun taught us. We watched together our President Donald J, Trumps speech at Mr. Rushmore, on July 3rd. We thanked God for that time that we were able to share with John and family, a joyful time.
Speaking about John’s love of funny story telling. I asked if he remembered the time that he and Jim went hunting on the Hart ranch? Jim and John were attending the National School of Business at the time, Jean and I went hunting with the guys, who we were dating. John said yes he remembered. He said while others were off hunting,, Jean and I were sitting on a large rock. She kept wanting to smooch on me, while we sat there, I looked just ahead and behind a Bush, in the snow, I saw a bucket with antlers. I lifted my gun , took aim, shoot, hit and killed the deer.

Alice & Larry Brnicky

November 21, 2020

This summer was the last time we saw John. He and Regina sat outside on lawn chairs and visited with us as we sat in the car. John wore a baseball cap as he often has in the past and his ready grin and chuckle were also there. We have memories of poker parties, Thanksgiving feasts, Easter egg dying, and many other get-togethers. He and Regina were welcoming and gracious hosts. He used to rub his tummy and smile after a good meal. It makes me smile to think about it. Complimenting Regina’s cooking was a fondness of his. He was always willing to share suggestions about home repairs as he had much more experience than we did. He was so proud of Shaun and his grandchildren but when he spoke of them, it was never in a bragging way. Our good remembrances are too many to mention. Needless to say, he will never be forgotten.

Matthew Brnicky

November 21, 2020

I will always remember the fun times with John. Whether it was playing poker, dominos, or a board game, John was always the life of the party. He loved to tell jokes and had an infectious laugh. He brought joy to people’s lives. John has been a part of my life for as far back as I can remember; he will be missed.

Michelle & Chris Wilson

November 20, 2020

We are so blessed to be part of this family. ❤️Our memories will always be cherished.. The card games, reunions, golf and family fun, who ever thought cards could get so competitive! Uncle John always had a smile. His contagious chuckle after a joke or comment would have you laughing even if you didn’t get it, which most the time I didn’t. Love you cousin and Aunt Jean!! Thank you for making our family such joy to be around. We are family strong. RIP John 🙏🏻



John Clinton McQuistion Jr. was known as many things to many people. He was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew him best, John will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

He was the son of John C and Esther McQuistion. John grew up North of Fort Pierre South Dakota.

John was raised with two siblings. He had two younger brothers, Larry and Gary. Despite being older, John was involved in his bothers lives including sharing many life experiences over the years.

As a young boy, John had a number of interests. Like most children growing up on a ranch, he worked hard. He was curious about the world around him and was often eager to explore it. John was an active child who took part in basketball and track in Junior High. He was a member of 4-H. In his spare time he liked ping pong and checkers. If he found something that interested him, he worked really hard until he was the best. Swimming in the Missouri River and jumping from the train bridge into the river was something he enjoyed. However, to John, the most fun to be had was simply spending time with his friends.

A typical teenager, John had a fairly happy high school experience, making that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. He graduated from Fort Pierre High School in 1962. He enjoyed some classes more than others, having favorite subjects and teachers. One of John's favorite High School saying from his yearbook "High school days are a delight, but they are nothing compared to high school nights." When he started driving, he liked to race his 55 Chevy.

John enjoyed his college years, which may have been a challenge with all of the academics, responsibilities, and the sudden freedom that accompanied them, but John was able to manage the balancing act. He earned his Bachelor in Business Administration from the National School of Business in 1966. Also, in his college years, John liked to stay active by bowling and playing poker.

Always considered a “good” friend to those he knew, John enjoyed a broad group of acquaintances and several very close friends during his lifetime. While growing up, some of his best friends were Kenny Knutson, Rick Ray, Harvey Sheehan, Hank Ronish and Jim Trudell. Later in life, he became friends with Leo Stangle, Ken Karp, Jim Warren, Pete Dana, Jim Walker, Carmen (his adopted granddaughter) and Ricardo Guzman, Monsignor Weinzaptel and Deacon Dave Leerssenn.

John was committed to providing for his family. He is survived by his wife, Regina "Jean" Karp McQuistion. They have been married for almost 55 years.

John worked hard to be a good father to his only child, Shaun, and he did his best to fulfill his family's needs. Another blessing for John was the gift of three grandchildren, Shea, Bryn and Luke.

Fortunately, John enjoyed what he did for a living. Showing a strong work ethic, John worked diligently and did his best to succeed in his career. His primary occupation was store manager. He was employed for 28 years by Kmart. John always sought to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

John enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. His favorite pursuits were traveling in his RV, fishing from his boat, playing poker and other card games. He was content to enjoy his favorite pastimes and to share his interests with others.

Recreational sports included golfing. John was not much of a sports fan but he did enjoy watching his son play softball even throughout Shaun's 40's and 50's. The team called John their number 1 fan.

John was a man who took pride in upholding his beliefs. Politically, John was a strong supporter of the Republican Party.

John enjoyed traveling and time away on vacations. It was a chance for him to visit new places and experience new things. Favorite vacations included South Dakota to visit family and play golf. Also, he liked the beach (South Padre, TX), Big Bend National Park and driving down the road with no destination in mind.

John was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of his favorites was Mitzie, Half poodle and half unknown. They were best friends for 11 years. His family was rounded out by his dog, Alex. He had Alex for 11 years also.

When John’s retirement finally arrived in 1994, he was well prepared. In retirement, he found pleasure in playing golf and traveling in his RV. Even in retirement, John continued to stay in touch with his old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. John was active with his rental properties and felt fulfilled with the opportunities retirement offered him.

John passed away on November 9, 2020 at Dallas Regional Hospital in Mesquite, TX. John fought Covid-19. He is survived by his wife, Regina "Jean"; by his son, Shaun and his wife Katy; his grandchildren Shea, Bryn and Luke; his brothers Larry and Gary. Services will be held at Anderson Clayton Gonzales funeral home. John will be cremated and laid to rest in Scenic Cemetery in Scenic, SD.

Simply stated, John was a good person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by his family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. John leaves behind him a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life he touched will always remember John Clinton McQuistion Jr.

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