Joseph David Claunch of Duncanville, Texas, passed into the presence of his Lord Jesus on January 24, 2017. Mr. Claunch was born on July 21, 1926 in Mulberry, Kansas where his father worked in the coal mines.
In 1944, his family moved to Hobbs’s New Mexico to work in the oil fields where he was a driller, foreman, and a specialist in the fishing tool industry . He worked for Johnson Testers and then transitioned to Bowen Fishing Tool Company in Hobbs, New Mexico, moving to Odessa, Texas in 1956 to continue with Bowen. He also worked for Keown Fishing Tool Company and Achme Fishing Tool Company in Odessa before retiring from Cagle Fishing Tool Company 1991. In 1995, Mr. Claunch and his wife moved to Duncanville where they have lived during their retirement.
Joe Claunch was 6th of 10 children born to William Harvey and Grace Theresa Claunch. He married Geraldine Vida Henegar on St. Patrick’s Day in 1945 by a Judge Green and they would have been married 72 years this next St. Patrick’s Day. They had two sons, Gaylan D. Claunch born on February 2, 1950, and Philip D. Claunch, born on December 24, 1955. Gaylan and his wife, Nancy, reside in DeSoto, Texas; Philip and his wife, Sharon, reside in Huntsville, Texas. He is survived by his wife, Geraldine Claunch, his two sons, five grandchildren: Lesli Deer of Midlothian, Texas, Loren Claunch, and his wife, Jessica, of Waxahachie, Texas, Tamera Myers and her husband, Chris, of Willis, Texas, Wesley Claunch of Austin, Texas, and Kristina Claunch of Cleveland, Mississipi. He is survived also by four great-grandchilden: DeLayna Deer, Daxon Deer, CJ Myers, and Braeden Claunch. He is also survived by one sister, Eunice Patterson of Sand Springs, OK.
Joseph Claunch was a faithful husband, hard working and loving father, and committed Christian. He was always active in his local church where he was an accomplished singer, guitar player, quartet member, and worship leader. He was a member of the church choir and worked to keep the facilities as presentable as possible. Joe loved people and always had a big smile and warm greeting. He was compassionate, diligent, trustworthy, and pure in heart. Among his great loves was Gospel singing whether it be in a quartet, trio, or a frequent duet with Geraldine. They actually began singing together on the radio in Hobbs, NM before they were married.
One of his great loves was visiting the Pagosa Springs area of Colorado where they would camp out for weeks at a time after retired. Joe kept an immaculate yard and loved working as many plants, flowers, and shrubs as possible into his landscape. He loved God’s Word and his Bible is well worn from many years of reading. He was a man of prayer and had a strong desire for the move of the Holy Spirit. His spiritual life was shaped in the Pentecostal church in Mulberry, Kansas, where he spent his childhood. He tasted the outpouring of the Spirit in the beginning of the twentieth century and shared many wonderful stories of the power of the Spirit that he had witnessed as a child and still longed to experience.
Joe was preceded in death by his father, William Harvey Claunch, his mother, Grace Theresa Claunch, four brothers, James, Harvey, Kenneth, and Paul, three sisters, Chrystol Edmondson, Goldine Latta, and Fern Claunch.
Funeral Service is 2:00 PM Saturday, January 28, 2017 at Jaynes Memorial Chapel.
Private family graveside will follow.
The family will receive friends at 1:00 PM Saturday, one hour prior to the service.