Ralph Gordon McClendon May 29, 1940 – May 27, 2016

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mcclendonRalph Gordon McClendon was born May 29, 1940 to Frank and Dorothy McClendon. Ralph had one brother, Raymond and one sister, Margie Korner. Ralph spent his childhood in Oak Cliff. He graduated from Sunset High School in 1958 and married his high school sweetheart, Janice Starkey, on January 3rd, 1958. They had two sons, Kevin and Brian.

Ralph attended UTA, receiving an Associate Degree in Engineering. Ralph worked as an engineer at Ling Temco Vought (LTV) in cockpit design for 13 years. Ralph left LTV to join the sales force at Vivitar. Ralph’s love of travel began at Vivitar. As a national sales manager, this job took him all over the United States working with his customers.

Then, Ralph began a new endeavor as an entrepreneur in the pest control industry. His very good friend, Roger Maddox was instrumental in mentoring Ralph in the purchase of an established pest control business. On July 1, 1985, Ralph and Janice purchased B & B Pest Control in Fort Worth. Because of Ralph’s talent in sales, keen eye for detail, and exceptional customer service, B & B became an even more successful business. The business grew and rewarded the McClendons more than Ralph and Janice ever expected.

Alongside his full time career, Ralph also was very involved with the Dallas Cowboys organization. Starting in 1971, Ralph worked behind the scenes on game day. He was a vital part of setting up security protocols for the Cowboys. He supervised vendors and press access on the field at Texas Stadium. Many times, you may have been able to catch a glimpse of Ralph on the field during a televised game. When the Cowboys moved to AT&T stadium, Ralph transitioned from the field to a new role in the press box. One could call him the maitre’d of the AT&T press box. Ralph worked for the Cowboys a total of 45 years.

After 25 years of success in the pest control business, Ralph decided to direct his passion to the outdoors and the joys of retirement. Ralph loved to spend time at his and Janice’s home in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. He loved fly fishing, horseback riding, snow skiing, snowmobiling and all things outdoors.

Throughout their lives, Ralph and Janice loved to travel. Hawaii was a favorite destination. He loved scuba diving in Aruba as well. Ralph particularly enjoyed their two trips to Africa. Being an animal lover, the wildlife viewing safaris were a highlight of those trips. Their travels took them to China, Africa, Greece, Italy, The Holy Land, England, and all over the United States. If it was an outdoor adventure, Ralph loved it and wanted to experience it.

First and foremost, Ralph’s number one priority was spending time with his family and friends. Ralph was blessed to be able to work with his sons, Kevin and Brian for many years at B & B Pest Control. Ralph coached both his sons in baseball at Duncanville BBI. They spent time camping and skiing together in Colorado. Every summer, Ralph loved planning activities with his grandson Preston. They also spent time together at the Colorado house.

Ralph is preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Dorothy; his siblings, Raymond and Margie; and his son, Kevin. He is survived by his wife Janice; son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Nicole McClendon; grandson, Preston; and many loved nieces and nephews.

Ralph will truly be missed by all who knew and loved him.

jaynesVisitation will be 6-8 pm Tuesday, May 31, 2016 with funeral services at 1 pm Wednesday, June 1, 2016, both at Jaynes Memorial Chapel. Rev. Debbie Riggsby will officiate and interment will be in Little Bethel Memorial Park.