Jerry Key

June 6, 1939May 1, 2021
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Jerry Key, 81, took his savior's outstretched hand and entered his heavenly home on Saturday, May 1, 2021. He was born on June 6, 1939 in Jasper, Alabama to Maborn Hebert and Vera Helen Fikes Key. His family moved to Pasadena when he was 12. On August 4, 1961, he married Jo Elaine Standley and lived in Pasadena until they began traveling for his work.

Jerry graduated from Pasadena High School in 1958 then attended Lee College in Baytown, Texas. He worked for a couple of years for Texas Pipe Bending in Houston and in 1962 he went to work for Fluor Corporation where he was employed for 37 years. During that time he worked six years out of the country. While at Fluor he was Manager of the Piping Design Department and was part of the Executive Management Team. After retiring from Fluor he worked for Commonwealth Engineering for several years and retired from there in 2010.

Jerry enjoyed fishing and loved going with his daughter to her fishing tournaments. He was her major sponsor and by far her biggest supporter. He also enjoyed owning horses and in his younger years competed in horse shows. Traveling and dancing were high on his list of enjoyment but not quite as high as watching the grandkids and his young nephew and niece play sport s or whatever activity they were involved in.

He was a member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and served on the Rodeo Express Committee for 30 years. He held the positions of Committeeman, Captain, Vice Chairman, Coordinator, and Division Chairman of Bus Operations, Ambassador and an active Lifetime Committeeman. In 2017 Jerry received the Tom Glazier Award for outstanding contribution to the committee. Jerry was also a member of the Pasadena Livestock Show and Rodeo and served as Chairman of the Bus Transportation Committee for several years.

You would find Jerry at a door greeting every Sunday morning at Deer Park First Baptist Church where he was a member.

Jerry was preceded in death by his son, Jerry Lynn Key, and his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Jo Elaine Key; daughter, Sharon Renee' Johnston; grandchildren, Marissa Thrash Buckley and husband, Jason; Cassidy Danielle Thrash and Cody Harlon Johnston; great granddaughter Briella Jeanne Buckley; sister, Carolyn Frazier; brother, Larry Maborn Key and wife, Mary; extended family Charlie McNair and wife, Ashley, and Jeff (Lil Bear) Hebert along with numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, May 13, 2021 at Deer Park First Baptist Church, 438 E. Eighth St., Deer Park TX 77536, with burial following at Grand View Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be held Wednesday evening from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Grand View Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in Jerry’s name to one of the following organizations that he held dear, The Wheelhouse, Inc.; The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Deer Park First Baptist Church or The Pasadena Livestock Show and Rodeo.


  • Cody Johnston, Pallbearer
  • John Anderson, Pallbearer
  • Jerry Langer, Pallbearer
  • Jim Hart, Pallbearer
  • Phillip Havens, Pallbearer
  • Eric "Bear" Hebert, Pallbearer
  • Charlie McNair, Pallbearer
  • Chris Roberts, Honorary Pallbearer
  • James Halstead, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Family Will Receive Guests

    Wednesday, May 12, 2021

  • Celebration of Life Service

    Thursday, May 13, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Thursday, May 13, 2021


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Kathy Frazier Heath

May 12, 2021

Jerry Key, you will be missed. Such a good man, fun and always smiling. You enjoyed life and it showed. Jo Elaine and Renee you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Debbie Dornak

May 12, 2021

Sending my deepest condolences to the Jerry Key Family.
Jerry always was SMILING and laughing. Jo Elaine had her work cut out for her. lol
I did not have the opportunity to work with Jerry at Fluor but knew he was a heck of a gentlemen, hardworking and a Great PIPER.. Spend a lot of time with Jerry and Jo Elaine running our Great Rodeo Express Committee. He taught me a lot about the committee and first thing when I got to my shift he had to share a joke r 2, but most important part was always having a good time with Jerry, never a dull moment.
Dear Mr. Key you will be missed by all and you are definitely in a much better place and not suffering.
RIP Jerry until we all meet again and GOD BLESS your LOVE ones.

Tom Wooley

May 12, 2021

I am a Process Engineer at Fluor in Sugar Land and I worked with Jerry many years and on many projects. Jerry was a great person to work with and he always had a big smile and was always upbeat. He would always give the Process Engineers a hard time for the many changes that we always make but his really focused on a quality project. Jerry was a Legend in the Sugar Land office. My condolences to his family and special friends. Tom Wooley

Paul Varello

May 10, 2021

When our small group of ex-Fluor executives first started up Commonwealth Engineering, we knew that we would need to find experienced, trusted and dedicated leaders to help us grow our company. We found all of those attributes and more in Jerry and we were thrilled when he agreed to come out of a well-deserved retirement to join our management team. Jerry was a trusted leader, a true gentleman and a wonderful friend.
May he rest in peace.

Craig White

May 6, 2021

I made a trip to Moscow with Jerry in 1986. I have great memories of going out to dinner with Jerry. It was a typical Soviet Union experience. They had a big menu but only pig knuckles available and the waiters were surly. We had a good time though and Jerry kept me out of trouble. Great memories of him.

Lisa Patke

May 6, 2021

My heart goes out to you and your family. I pray that you will find comfort and peace as you remember Jerry and celebrate his life. What beautiful memories you have made together. The love and commitment you shared was so evident at every Rodeo Express event. -Lisa Patke

Roy Mease

May 5, 2021

Jerry was always smiling,
very happy person, He will be missed my many of his friends.

Tommy and Staci Browning

May 4, 2021

A true gentleman that will be greatly missed. A great boss, mentor and a friend. It's a sad day for us on earth. But he has definitely moved on to his glory days in heaven...

Kathy Dunn

May 4, 2021

Dear Jo Elaine and Rene and family,

So sorry to hear of your loss. Bryan always enjoyed working with Jerry and missed him after his retirement from Fluor. It hurts so to lose them. My condolences to you and your entire family. Kathy Dunn