Johnny Vance Marek, born December 5, 1950, passed away Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at the age of 70.
Visitation will be Saturday, January 30 from 12 pm until 2 pm at The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road, with funeral service to follow at 2:00 pm, with “Pastor K” Clyde Kieschnick of Zion Lutheran Church officiating. Burial will follow at the Estes Family Cemetery in Clyde, Texas Pallbearers will be Luke Horner, Diehl Estes, Dennis Hamilton, Dale Hollowell, Eddie Graham, and Bill Lackey. Honorary pallbearers are Kingston Horner and Grant Reyes.
Johnny was born in San Antonio, Texas to Charles James Marek, Jr. and Donnie Sue Shelton. He attended Alamo Heights High School in San Antonio. He married his “Baby Doll” Debora Ruth Holcomb on August 23, 1975 in Clyde, Texas.
Johnny enjoyed people, loud music, and fast boats. He loved going to the lake, and could spend hours watching the ocean waves come in. Johnny loved his family and friends. He never met a stranger; he would become friends with anyone considered a “stranger.” Johnny was tough on the outside but gentle on the inside. He was not afraid to show emotions, and he was sentimental to a fault. If anyone ever needed help, he was there.
He retired from Merchants Fast Motor Lines after 26 years. He became a dispatcher for Pepsi, and Johnny retired from the city of Abilene in January 2020.
Johnny was preceded in death by his father, Charles James Marek, Jr.; two brothers, Robert Franklin and Carl Dunn Marek; his daughter and best friend, Jamie Don Marek-Horner.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Debora Marek; his mother, Donnie Sue Marek; son-in-law, Luke Horner, and grandchildren, Landrye “Bella”, Kingston, and Charlee Horner; father-in-law, Kenneth Wayne Holcomb; sisters-in-law, Marsha Lewis and Karon Pass; great-nieces, Tiffany Hicks and Aimee Pass.