Thomas Jon Hodnett

January 22, 1971August 14, 2014
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Thomas Jon Hodnett, 43, of Mertzon, Texas went to Wyalusing, Pennsylvania hoping to use his energy and experience on a pipe line there. His spirit left his body sometime between August 8 and August 14, 2014 in Johnson City, New York. Jon's energy has returned to the Divine Energy to help out in whatever way needed. He left this world knowing our love for him and his love for us will never die. Memorial services will be held on August 25, 2014 at 10:30 am at First United Methodist Church in Mertzon, Texas. Pastor Mark Smith will officiate. “I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love.” Leo Buscaglia Jon was born on January 22, 1971 in Midland, Texas to Thomas Fredrick (Rick) Hodnett and Lexie Jane (Wilson) Hodnett. He came into this world as a small six pound baby, but the truth soon became obvious that this bundle of joy was going to be a handful. Two months after his birth the family moved from Midland into a ranch house on the Williams sisters’ property just across the Irion County line in Schleicher County. During the family’s southeast migration, while in his mother’s arms as she tried to drive the 150 mile trek, the best description of him then and forever after has always been “constant motion.” He graduated from Irion County High School in 1989, received an associate degree in Electrical Power Distribution at Texas State Technical College, and later graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Parks Recreation and Tourism from Texas A&M University. Jon said “my degree is in having fun and enjoying life in the outdoors.”Jon grew up on the ranch riding a bike with solid rubber tires on caliche roads, swimming in the stock tank, playing with his pets and hot wheel toy cars. At age 3 and 4 he immediately started trying to help his Dad, Granddad, and Uncle Dave work stock. If they were marking lambs Jon would grab one by the leg and hold on while being drug face down through all the ewes, lambs, and manure. Usually a catcher would come to Jon's aid and take the lamb from him, but he would hang in there and hang on until he got help. Then he’d get up, brush himself off, and go after another one. Hanging in and hanging on became a trade mark in life as well as getting back up and getting in there. After starting to drive at the age of 6 or 7, Jon loved riding motorcycles, 4-wheelers, jet skis, or pretty much anything that kept the wind in his face and the thrill in his heart. Growing up on a ranch not only builds strength, it builds character, and Jon was one heck of a character. He was one of those head strong, full speed ahead country boys that excelled in football, track, backing into others with his truck, running over deer that thought they could cross the road in front of him, or hanging out with friends while his truck was being repaired. Jon’s adventuresome spirit led him to travel often for both work and pleasure and a spontaneous road trip or weekend getaway to some coastal area was not unusual. Jon made lots of friends everywhere he went and he went everywhere as often as he could. He loved visiting his Uncle Haley, Aunt Edda, and cousin Claes in California. He drove 18 wheelers, worked on a barge laying pipe in the Gulf of Mexico, and his last job with Pipe Line Safety and Compliance took him to places in both Oklahoma and Kansas. He loved watching any and all football, especially A&M. Nothing pleased him more than being able to go to an A&M football game. He bled maroon. Jon is survived and will be missed by his parents Rick and Lexie Hodnett of Mertzon; his sister Lexie Jan (Hodnett) Wiley of San Angelo; three nieces Acacia, Shaylan, and Zoeana Wiley of San Angelo; Uncle Dave and Aunt Peggy Wilson of Mertzon ; Aunt Karen and Uncle Jimmy Madry of Big Spring; Aunt Edda Hodnett of San Diego, Calif; Cousins Paige (Wilson) Chambers and husband Ryan of Ft. Worth; Connor Wilson of San Angelo; David Ryan Wilson and wife Monica of Mertzon; Kenda (Madry) McDonnell and husband Neil of New Canaan, Conn; Kimberly (Madry) Pollard and husband Bill of Big Spring; Claes Hodnett and wife Lamora of Burbank, Calif; as well as Special Friend Stacy Parker of Baton Rogue, Louisiana; and Special Friend Hollyann Davis and her three children Aaron , Misty, and Pricilla of Kilgore, Texas. He was preceded in death by his Grandparents D.J. and Lorena Wilson of Mertzon, Merle Francis & Nadine Hodnett of Big Spring, as well as his Uncle Haley L. Hodnett of San Diego. The family suggests memorials to the Alice B. Haynes Memorial Scholarship Fund at Howard College, 1001 Birdwell Lane, Big Spring, Texas 79720 or the First United Methodist Church of Mertzon, Texas 76941. Family and friends may express condolences and sign the online guest book at


  • Memorial Service Monday, August 25, 2014

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September 2, 2014

A loving tribute to a much loved son. The pictures and articles were beautiful.
My heart goes out to you. Dorothy Cline Brown (Austin, Texas)

August 28, 2014

May our heavenly father provide the strength and comfort you need during this difficult time. My deepest condolences. (Psalm 119:50,52,76)

Earl & Merry Jayne Davis

August 26, 2014

Dear Hodnett family, we were very sadden by the news about Jon. He gave us many sweet memories. I think he got his great smile and laugh from you Lexie. Our family will miss him. He brought joy to the children and they will really miss him too. I know Jon left you with many wonderful memories that will fill your lonely moments. May God bless you all.

Cheri Vick McKnight

August 25, 2014

So sorry for your loss. I can not even imagine how hard this is for you. Many fond memories of the deer lease and me babysitting Jon and Jan. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Much love, Cheri (Vick) McKnight. Aka Brutus

Lisa Lux

August 25, 2014

Rick, Lexie and Jan, my thoughts and prayers are with each of you. My heart breaks for your loss. Praying that God will bring you comfort and peace. Praying He will wrap his loving arms around you all. Y'all have a very special place in my heart, always have, always will. Love you, Lisa Lux

Merryann Priscilla Hodnett

August 24, 2014

Dad it me Merryann want you to know we are being strong and pleating for Granddad and Dandy and aunt Jan. They loved u all so much just like us. U loved everyone the same no matter what. I am glad to call u my dad and we're best dad ever. Miss u and will k ow u are watching get us so we wull be good for u. Extra prayer for grandad specially he is very sad like mom.

Susan Lindsey

August 24, 2014

Thinking of all of you during this very difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Jon will be remembered in so many wonderful and happy ways. So sorry for your loss.

Billy Williams

August 23, 2014

Rick and Lexie,
I can't think of anything more heartbreaking than loosing ones child. Please accept our heartfelt condolences.
Billy and Mary Williams

Suzon Juneau

August 23, 2014

Praying for healing he will be missed

Ronnie & Prissy Paxton

August 22, 2014

Lexie,Rick and family. May His infinite Love and Compassion give you peace to carry you through this time. We Love you all.