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Rev. Dr. Jack Carroll Bush, Sr.

Obituary for Rev. Dr. Jack Carroll Bush, Sr.

June 18, 1929 - December 26, 2017
Boerne, Texas | Age 88

... his work here is done ...


For the Rev. Dr. Jack Carroll Bush, Sr., his work here is done. As with all Methodist clergy, he has received a new appointment and at long last, his final appointment has arrived.

He was known by many as simply, "Rev" and was born in Waco, Texas on June 18, 1929, to Richard C. Bush Sr. and Vivien Evelyn Harris Bush.

He married the love of his life, Ruth Louise Kline, in 1950 after graduating from Baylor University. His first job was as the band director for Kerens High School in Kerens, Texas. Soon he found himself in the ministry with his first appointment as an associate minister at First United Methodist Church in Temple, Texas. After two years, his second appointment took him to the First Methodist Church of Maypearl, Texas where he also attended the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. The First Methodist Church of Arlington, Texas was his next appointment and while there, he graduated from Perkins at SMU. The Rio Grande Valley was the next stop on his appointment list, where he established the St. Stephen Larger Parish. This combined the First Methodist Churches of Combes, Texas and Santa Rosa, Texas. After four years in the Valley, Cokesbury United Methodist Church in San Antonio, Texas became the fifth appointment followed by St. Matthews United Methodist Church for nine-years also in San Antonio. The next appointment was at Alamo Heights United Methodist Church. From there he served as a hospital chaplain at Santa Rosa Hospital and as the Director of Chaplains at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio for more than 15 years. While serving this appointment, he received his doctorate in pastoral care from the San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, California. After 15 plus years in his chaplaincy appointment, he was appointed to the First Methodist Church of Fashing, Texas where he retired after thirteen years.

Jack loved music. He played trumpet in the Baylor University band. He arranged music not only for band and orchestra but also for choral. Music was always a large part of his churches and ministry. Many of his youth choirs traveled the country performing. He volunteered at Bradley Middle School in San Antonio helping and teaching band and music. His love of performing had him participating in many, many bands from Big Bands to German bands.

Rev. Dr. Bush was also a theological scholar, often seen with a theology book, highlighters, and many colored pens to make his copious notes.

Rev. Dr. Bush is survived by his wife of 67 years, Ruth. They have five children. Jack Bush, Jr., his wife Southern, Vivien Smith and her husband Bohn, Chris Bush and his wife Shannon, Dr. Janis K. Bush and her husband Dr. John Kaulfus, and Mollie Shannon Lamont. Their seven grandchildren include Nick Bush and his wife Elise Aliberti, Matthew Bush and his wife Tricia, Eleanor and Bennett Bush, Ashleigh Davis and her husband Justin, Taylor Lamont and his wife Michelle, and Caitlin Lamont. His five great-grandchildren are Louise Bush, Ashtin, Coltin and Austin Davis, and Landon Lamont.

Rev. Dr. Bush was preceded in death by his mother and father and two brothers Rev. Dr. Richard C. Bush, Jr., and Robert C. Bush.

We will remember his smile, his warmth, his energy, his love for life, family, friends, and music but also his parishioners, colleagues, students, and fellow musicians for whom many became lifelong friends. He worked very hard all his life and made a difference in the lives of so many. We invite you to join us and celebrate his life and last appointment.

Honorary Pall Bearers are Nick Bush, Matt Bush, Taylor Lamont, Bennett Bush, Justin Davis, Coltin Davis, and Landon Lamont.

The family wants to thank the people of Care Choice of Boerne for the care and love shown to Rev. Bush.

In lieu of flowers, Jack Sr. hoped that you might make a contribution to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Antonio or do an unexpected and unsolicited act of kindness for the less fortunate in his name.

1:00 PM

Dr. David McNitzky, Senior Pastor of Alamo Heights United Methodist Church, officiating.

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Suggested Memorial Donations

  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Antonio or do an unexpected and unsolicited act of kindness for the less fortunate in his name

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