May 20, 1930 ~ January 2, 2022

Born in: Houston, Texas
Resided in: College Station, Texas

Jack Millender passed away peacefully in his sleep on January 2nd 2022.  Services will be held on Tuesday, January 11th beginning with a visitation at 1:00, followed by a 2:00 service at Callaway Jones Funeral Home, 3001 S. College Avenue, Bryan, Texas 77801.  Immediately following the service will be a graveside burial at the Aggie Field of Honor Cemetery, and then a reception at Pebble Creek Country Club.

Jack Millender was born in Houston, Texas in 1930 to Alice Winston Millender and Lawrence Quinlin Millender.  He was raised in the Houston Heights area and attended Reagan High School, where he graduated in 1948.

He then attended the A&M College of Texas (Texas A&M University), and graduated in 1952.  When he graduated, on the same stage he received his diploma, commission, and orders for Korea. Jack served his country as a forward observer in the Korean War in 1953 – 1954. While in Korea, he was promoted to first Lieutenant and also awarded the Bronze Star for risking his own life and saving the lives of the men in his unit.

In 1956 he married the love of his life, Mary Jane Garrison.  Together they would raise three sons, Mark, Paul, and Kirk. They also had eight grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.   In 1974, along with a business partner, Jack and Mary Jane began an office coffee service, “Ag-Horn Coffee.” Two years later, they moved to San Antonio to expand the business, up until their retirement in 2002.  Jack lived out his remaining years in College Station, visiting friends, serving as a class agent for the class of ‘52, volunteering for the A&M athletic office, and also St. Joseph’s hospital.  Also, he attended almost every sporting event while he was able.  “If there was a ball involved, he would have tickets.”

Jack is preceded in death by his brothers, Nelson and Quinlin Millender, his son Mark Millender, his daughter-in-law Dana Millender, and his granddaughter Elyse Millender.

Jack is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mary Jane Millender; his sons, Paul Millender, Kirk Millender and wife Suzanne; along with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be sent to Aggieland Humane Society – or, Austin Boxer Rescue –

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  1. You will forever be in my heart. I loved you as a bonus father and you gave me a father’s love in return. The memories of travels together with you and Mary Jane will always bring smiles. Aggie games far and near as well as a couple of memorable trip in the UK. Two which stand out are getting lost in Omaha after a steak dinner served by “Helga” the corn-fed waitress and that crazy drive through the Cotswolds with MJ and my Mom where we navigated the roundabout from the left lane while being honked at and nearly sideswiped.
    Your kind and generous heart was known by all who met you and your wry humor made even the grumpiest of people laugh. I am grateful for our friendship and love. You will be greatly missed.

  2. I was very saddened to learn of Jack’s recent passing. My memory of him will always be of a very kind hearted, soft spoken man.
    May the memories of your amazing life together give you strength during this difficult time & take comfort in knowing that many thoughts & prayers are with you always.

  3. I remember Jack as almost a second father, my own father being an Aggie too. While in high school, I was very close friends with Paul and my heart goes out to you and Kirk and your Mom as well. Jack was always very even keeled and a calm voice in a storm as I recall. I’m sure he will be missed greatly. God bless all of you.

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