Nat Jefferson

  • Born: October 16, 1920
  • Died: June 24, 2019
  • Location: San Antonio, Texas

Porter Loring Mortuary

1101 McCullough Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78212
Tel. (210) 227-8221

Tribute & Message From The Family

Nat Jefferson, aged 98 2/3, died peacefully in the early hours of June 24, 2019 at his home in San Antonio, TX. He was surrounded by loving family members.

He was born October 16, 1920, in Wilkes-Barre, PA. He was the third of four children of Eva and Joseph Jefferson. He is survived by his three unique children: Charles, a life-long resident of San Antonio; David and daughter-in-law Susan and grandchildren, Kira and Jonathan of Los Angeles. And, his favorite daughter, Miriam and daughter-in-law Kalav Mistry of New York City. He is also survived by cousins, nephews, nieces, and many grand nephews and nieces. He was pre-deceased by his loving wife, Jean Goldbarg Jefferson, 23 years ago.

He was a man of accomplishment. Growing up in the Great Depression, he contributed to his family's survival from a very young age. After his father left, he worked nearly forty hours a week while attending high school to help support his family and continued to support them in lieu of accepting college scholarship offers. Yet, he still found time to get awards for being The Most Beautiful Baby, penmanship in elementary school and was voted most likely to succeed in his high school.

He served in the Army Air Corps in World War II and in the Air Force in the Korean War. He entered as a private and despite his lack of higher education, he was selected to participate in Officer Candidate School. He went on to become a Captain. After World War II, he served in the Reserves and was recalled by the Air Force for the Korean War. Stationed at Lackland Air Force Base, he went on to win numerous awards for teaching strategy and tactics.

He, along with two business partners, built a highly successful student insurance business, Heritage Insurance Managers, which had nationwide sales. They later diversified into multiple lines of insurance.

He was a man of service. In addition to serving in the military in two wars, Nat was a 'macher' in the San Antonio Jewish community since relocating here in 1951. He served in many capacities at the Jewish Community Center, up to and including Vice-President; but his favorite was chair of the Armed Services Committee where, for more than thirty years, he and his wife Jean served a Sunday morning bagel and lox breakfast to local Jewish servicemen and women. At Temple Beth El, he was a religious school teacher. He served as president of the Brotherhood and chaired almost every committee the Temple had. He became Treasurer, Vice President, and President of the Beth-El congregation. (Not at the same time.) He was also active in committee work for the Union of American Hebrew Congregations and Hebrew Union College. He was very active in support of San Antonio's Jewish elder-care facility – The Golden Manor. He served as committee chairs, Treasurer, Vice-President, and President. During his tenure as president, he spearheaded the expansion of the facility, increasing its capacity by a third. He was Vice President of the Jewish Federation, the umbrella fund-raising organization of the Jewish community. He was the editor of the Jewish Journal and served on the Community Relations Council. He helped form the Jewish Family Service and personally assisted Jewish transients who needed help. He was also a leader in B'nai B'rith, American Jewish Committee and the Anti-Defamation League.

In his earlier years, he was also very involved in the Shriners and the Masons.

He was the recipient of numerous awards for service from various Jewish and secular community organizations. He was a member of the Mensa Society.

Nat was a man of family. As important as his community service was to Nat, there was nothing more important to him than his family. Throughout his life, Nat took personal responsibility for his extended family. Every week, he spoke for hours to siblings, children, cousins, et al. He was the connective glue, not only for his own family, but also for his wife Jean's family. He provided love, guidance, and a shoulder for all.

Nat Jefferson, as he was a man to know, he is a man to remember.

1:00 PM

2:30 PM

Rabbi Marina Yergin will be officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be sent in his memory to Temple Beth-El or the San Antonio Jewish Federation.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Rochelle and I join Nat's many friends and associates in extending our condolences to his family at this time of loss. My father, Arthur, and I were proud to be Nat's agents going back over 50 years and never had a more loyal client who did everything in a professional manner and with integrity. He lived a good long life and accomplished so much good. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Posted by David Lefton - San Antonio, TX - Friend   June 30, 2019

I worked with Mr Jefferson for many years. He was a loving husband to Jean, a loving father to his three children and a great friend. Everyone at work admired him so much. We will all miss him and he will always be in my prayers.

Love ,
Marjorie Hanks

Posted by Marjorie Hanks - San Antonio, TX   June 29, 2019

Dearest Mimi, I was with Jan Rosen the day your Dad died, and we were talking about you two. Obviously, he was a macher of the highest order, and he and your Mom left a legacy of wonderful kids. My great love to each of you, and I hope to see you in SA. His love and service lives on, as does his impish smile and his wonderful acts. His memory will be a blessing. Love Randy Markey

Posted by Randy Markey - Watertown, MA - Family Friend   June 27, 2019

We admired and respected Nat. Thinking of the family and sending our sympathy to all.
Jayne & Waymond Lightfoot

Posted by Jayne & Waymond Lightfoot - Blanco, TX   June 26, 2019

DJ, Susan and family,
So saddened to hear about the loss of your amazing dad. Its s o hard to loose those we love may his memory be for a blessing. Barach Dayan Haemet,
Love, Michele, Bruce and family

Posted by Michele Merin - Solon, OH - Friend   June 26, 2019

Albert Pike Lodge No. 1169
Fraternal regrets to the family.
Nathan was a 50 year member of the lodge having been raised in 1965. If we can be of any assistance or help, please do not hesitate calling on us.
We realize that when we grow older, we lose toch with some of our members...but the fraternal brotherhood that binds us together can never be severed.
E.E. Buster Williams
Lewis R. Hinojosa,
Worshipful Master
Albert Pike Lodge No. 1169 AF & AM

Posted by Everett Williams - San Antonio, TX - Significant Other   June 26, 2019

I was so very sorry to learn of Mr Jefferson's passing. I was his secretary for about 6 years at Heritage so had met his wife and children a time or two during that time. He was a wonderful man. My heart aches for you David, Chuck and Miriam and you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Kathy Neesvig - San Antonio, TX   June 25, 2019

Dear Mimi,
Thinking of you with sincere condolences on the loss of your dear Dad. I remember him well - such a jolly and welcoming man. May peace be upon you - Hugs, Emily

Posted by Emily Blase - San Antonio, TX   June 25, 2019

Mimi, your Dad sounds like he was a wonderful man with many accomplishments. My condolences to you and your family.

Posted by Kelly Clements - Dallas, TX   June 25, 2019

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