OBITUARY

Jeffrey James Large

November 8, 1953November 29, 2018
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Jeffrey James Large, age 65, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, November 29, 2018. He was born in San Antonio, Texas on November 8, 1953. Jeff was a graduate of the University of Texas and worked as a public school teacher, coach, and administrator for 33 years. He loved spending time with his family, playing his banjo, barbequing briskets, camping, reading, and Jeeps. He was known for his generosity with his time and was always willing to help others. He had a great knowledge of so many things. Jeff was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather who will be greatly missed.

Jeff was preceded in death by his parents, Bernard and Betty Large. He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Lynda Large; his children Jeffrey James Large, Jr. (Erica), and Leslie Marie Brignac (Kalib); his step-children, McKenzie M. Connor (Justin) and Everett Mecham; his grandchildren, Lindsey, Ryan, Brooklyn, Jaxon, Kylar, Kynlee, Kambri, and Kaizley; his siblings, Sherry Valentine (Bill), Bernie Large, Debby Large (Mark Miller), and Tracy Large (Kara); His 1st Wife, Lorrie Housley (Kurt); His Miniature Schnauzers, Pollie and Emma; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Friday, December 7th from 4-6 pm at Sunset Funeral Home. The Funeral Service will be on Saturday, December 8th at 9:30 am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints; 8801 Midcrown Dr; Windcrest, TX 78239. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you donate a book or funds to your local public school library.

  • FAMILY

  • Jeff was preceded in death by his parents, Bernard and Betty Large. He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Lynda Large; his children Jeffrey James Large, Jr. (Erica), and Leslie Marie Brignac (Kalib); his step-children, McKenzie M. Connor (Justin) and Everett Mecham; his grandchildren, Lindsey, Ryan, Brooklyn, Jaxon, Kylar, Kynlee, Kambri, and Kaizley; his siblings, Sherry Valentine (Bill), Bernie Large, Debby Large (Mark Miller), and Tracy Large (Kara); His 1st Wife, Lorrie Housley (Kurt); His Miniature Schnauzers, Pollie and Emma; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, December 7, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, December 8, 2018
  • Committal Service Saturday, December 8, 2018
REMEMBERING

Jeffrey James Large

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paul martin

December 9, 2018

My condolences.

Richard Boyce

December 7, 2018

Dear Lynda,
We probably met Jeff briefly once when you came home to Mt. Sterling, so we didn't know him. However, we know that you loved him and you had a good life together! We wish you comfort, strength, and peace. Even though you are strong and capable, the nights will be long and the adjustments will be difficult and take time. The Lord will be with you. We wish we could hug and hold you! We love and admire you! Rich and Glenna Boyce

Lisa Ward

December 7, 2018

Jeff was my principal for some of the years I spent at Salinas Elementary. My most vivid memory is how he managed to make the staff meetings more bearable (sorry to all the principals out there who think their meetings are fun!) He would always share a funny anecdote or joke to make us all laugh.
Thank you, Jeff, I'm sure you have them in stitches up there.

Winetta Turner

December 7, 2018

I had the honor of meeting Mr.Large when he was principal at Salinas elementary. He loved the students ,staff an all of us substitutes! He made us all feel the love of family and teamwork.. Whether cooking a meal and serving it with his big smile, baking star shaped cookies during testing or sharing his love of music or astronomy, he did it " Large style"! With love and excellence. He didn't just share his faith in Christ with words, he lived it showing the love of God. Anyone, that had the pleasure of knowing him, truly lived a little bit larger.
Mr.Large will be dearly missed. God bless and keep you.

Cindy Elizondo

December 7, 2018

I first met Jeff when I started at Judson ISD and he was my Assistant Principal at Ed Franz. He was always very kind and helpful. Later after many years his lovely wife Lynda came to Copperfield and he and I started working with telescopes at Science night and he shared his great love of science and astronomy with me. He fostered my love of space and helped me choose my telescope and every time I enjoy my telescope I think of him and standing outside in the cold and his sharing his love of the stars and planets and tips for sharing that love with the kids. I will never forget his smile and laughter and love of life.

Gerrie Spellmann

December 6, 2018

It was the summer of 2011 and I received a call that I would be the Assistant Principal at Salinas Elementary. That very same day I received a call from the newly named principal, Jeff Large. The summer of 2011 our journey as administrators began . Little did I know that day, our lives would be connected. Jeff was a humble man and one that often would say, "How about that...." Boy did he have the stories about his vast experiences in schools and through every story I learned more and more about this man and the impact he had on others. Jeff loved people! He had a heart of gold and built relationships with every person he met. He often times asked me to just "sit down" and lets talk. The talks we had often surrounded his family - the love of his life Lynda and how they camped, traveled and cooked. Each week (Thursdays if I remember correctly), he took his kids out to dinner. This was a time to reconnect with the ones he loved most. His brother - he loved telling stories about his brother being a Game Warden and even invited him to be a part of our Peace Officers Day. Family - this is what Jeff created with all that encountered him. Our first year together he insisted we carol around the school while he played his banjo and we all sang...I tried to tell him I wasn't a "singer" but he insisted. I had to include this picture as this was our first Christmas card at Salinas that year - 2011. A few years later our paths parted as I moved on to be principal although our connection never ended. I had him on "speed dial" from my new office just to ask his advice on things and he never wavered. Jeff and I shared the same birthday...November 8th and each year we would race each other to see who would tell the other Happy Birthday first...this year...I won. Jeff - we know you are tossing that baseball up in the air, playing your banjo and singing with the angels...until we meet you again!

Lydia Panvini

December 6, 2018

When I say Mr. Large changed my life, it is not an exaggeration. I first met Mr. Large when he was an interim principal finishing up a school year. I was a first year, third grade teacher. That year saw state wide lay-offs, and Mr. Large was the person who got to tell me the bad news. I was devastated, and hadn't even made it back to my classroom when he came hurrying after me to check on me.
During the summer, two days before teachers were to report back, I got a call from him. He was at a new school and wanted me to interview. I was looking for jobs in middle schools, but what he offered was a consideration for a Pre-K position. I couldn't say no to any kind of employment, so I went in and interviewed. Two weeks later, he called me in his office and asked what I thought about early childhood. I LOVED it. He told me that he had a different position available, but thought I was a pre-K teacher and just didn't know it. This was the power of Mr. Large. His talent was seeing the talents in others and letting them shine. His relentless kindness and gentleness made him trustworthy. When he called me to interview, he told me I was going to do great, just to try. I can't think of many people that can lay off a person, only to have her follow him to another school.
I worked with Mr. Large for another three years. He treated every person at the school with consideration, respect, and humor. He took the business of education seriously, but never took himself too seriously. The amount of cutting up he tolerated from me in staff meetings is remarkable.
There was another time I was in Mr. Large's office, facing the decision to move grade levels. As my boss, he could've just told me what was going to happen, and leave it at that. Instead, he empowered me with the choice. He told me to go home, pray about it, and tell him in three days. To honor the power of prayer in a professional's life was a beautiful example to me. I won't forget it.

Galen & Jimmie Sue Elolf

December 5, 2018

Every time we eat barbecue we will think of Jeff and all the wonderful meals we had with him. No one could smoke and cook a better brisket.

He was the father of our two wonderful grandchildren, Jeffrey and Leslie , and the grandfather of our three beautiful great grandchildren, Lindsey, Ryan and Brooklyn. We are thankful for the Christian values that he and Lorrie taught them
Jeff was always ready to give us a helping hand when we needed one. Who could ever forget the years we stayed up until two o'clock in the morning, night after night, cutting out wooden decorations for Lorrie to paint and sell so they could have extra money for Christmas.
He was not only a good father but he was a great vice principal and principal in the Judson I S D.

We will never forget some of our marathon trips we had with Jeff. He planned all our vacation trips and we usually followed him in our car. On one such trip we drove from San Antonio to Florida stopping only for gas and rest rooms on our way to Disney World. Never a dull moment.

We know that Jeff is sitting at the feet of Jesus playing Blue Grass music on his banjo. We loved him with all our heart and will always miss him

Papa and Grandma

Krystle Gillett

December 5, 2018

I know we are all so very sorry to hear of your loss at Marion Animal Hospital. Prayers for your family.

Doc Hamilton

December 4, 2018

I made some good music with this good man and always enjoyed his company. In addition to being a superb musician, he was always fun to hang out with, always in good spirits and always seeking to improve his musicianship. I'll miss him terribly.
Here's a photo of one of the bands, The Dim Lights. With Tim Wilson, Bob Pool, Robert Griffith, me and Jeff.