A graveside service for Jack ‘Dad’ Defaniel Mahand, 94, of Lone Oak will be held at 3 p.m. Friday in Prairie Valley Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, May 24, at Lynch Funeral Services.
Mr. Mahand died Monday, May 21, 2013, at Hunt County Regional Hospital.
He was born on Aug. 14, 1913, the son of Walter Defaniel and Francis Emma (Bruce) Mahand.
He was a graduate of Emory High School, where he met Glenna Aileen Johnston whom he married on Nov. 29, 1939.
He was an accomplished diesel engine mechanic, inventing several off-shore and on-shore equipment and engine-related applications, five of which were formally patented.
He was a long-time employee of Pure Oil Company, Stewart and Stevenson and Southeastern Drilling Company.
He later became the owner of the GMC truck dealership and a trucking operation in Sulphur Springs. After retiring, he was the first to design and successfully install a diesel engine in a personal sized pickup, several years before the major auto manufacturers began.
He is survived by sons and daughters-in-law Jackie and Pat Mahand of College Station, Rosa Mahand of Kingwood, Larry and Pam Mahand of Sulphur Springs, Michael and Leta Mahand of Sulpur Springs and Scott and Phyllis Mahand of Lone Oak; 12 grandchildren, Christy Hansen, Cathey Morgan, Bronson Mahand, Brandon Mahand, Barrett Mahand, Chad Mahand, Jake Mahand, Mandy Mahand, Kara Argenbright, Katie Mahand, Kelli Mahand and Clint Mahand; and eight great-grandchildren, Caili Morgan, Kyle Morgan, Blakely Mahand, Zack Mahand, Wesley Mahand, Brady Mahand, Kaden Argenbright and Corbin Argenbright.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Glenna; son Kenneth Mahand; and his parents.
The online register can be signed at: www.lynchfuneralservice.com
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