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James (Jim/Jimmy) David Key
May 28, 1940 ~ June 9, 2023 (age 83) 83 Years Old
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James (Jim/Jimmy) David Key of Cibolo, TX passed away on June 9, 2023, at the age of 83. He was born on May 28, 1940, to the late Wanda and R.F. “Ted” Key in Benton, Arkansas. Jimmy grew up in East Dallas and Duncanville, Texas. Jimmy graduated from Duncanville High School in 1958 and then attended Texarkana Junior College where he played varsity football. In 1961 Jimmy enlisted in the Marine Corp Reserve and served until 1967.
From the late 1970s, Jim raised his family, primarily, in Amarillo, Texas. He coached his kids, either from the sidelines or from the stands, in a multitude of sports including baseball, tennis, basketball, volleyball, and soccer. Jim and his family also filled these years with travel each summer, camping and visiting State and National parks for weeks at a time. After his kids were through with their sporting careers, ever an athlete, Jim took up racquetball where he achieved a world ranking and became a certified instructor in the sport.
Jim was a career salesman, working in finance and merchandising early in his career and moving on to a long and prestigious career with Motorola, Inc that included a sales presence throughout Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. He retired from Motorola, Inc at the age of 58 after 26 years with the company. After retirement Jim returned to the roads once more and traveled the United States and Canada, visiting his children, and their children, and campgrounds all along the way for several years until he resettled in the Duncanville area of Texas.
Jim is remembered for his warmth, his work ethic, his pride in his family, the joy he took in his grandchildren, and the generous spirit he shared with anyone he encountered who was in need.
Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents, Wanda and Ted, his sister Kay, and his brother Wayne.
Jim is survived by his three sons and one daughter: Mike Key of Cibolo, TX; Kyle Key (Shannon) of Kearney, NE: Terri Schulz (Paul) of Round Rock, TX; Randy Key (Kristi) of Natchitoches, LA. Eight Grandchildren: McKenzie Bennett (Tate) of Amarillo, TX; Madison Schulz of Houston, TX; Matthew Schulz of Round Rock, TX; Megan Schulz of Round Rock, TX; Hunter Key of Kearney, NE; Alison Key of Natchitoches, LA; Kaelin Key of Kearney, NE; Rachel Key of Natchitoches, LA. A brother, Tom Key (Berkie) of Kyle, Texas and a sister, Carol Twidwell (Harry) of Cypress, Texas.
The family would like to thank Circle of Life Hospice and Season’s Memory Care of San Antonio for the care and compassion they showed their father in his final days.
Family and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life on July 1, 2023, at 10:00 am at Hiett’s LyBrand Funeral Home, 1701 Goodnight Blvd. in Wills Point, Texas 75169.