Jeffery Dean Everhart, of Valley View, TX, died Tuesday October 30, 2012, at St Paul’s hospital in Dallas.Jeff was 51 years old. He learned his diagnosis of kidney cancer less than 3 months prior to his death. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, November 3,in the chapel of the First United Methodist church of Denton.
Jeff was born January 16, 1961, in Ness City, Kansas. He lived first in Kansas, then Alexandria, Virginia, and moved to Texas with his mother and brothers in 1974. Jeff’s neighbor in Kansas was his state representative; Jeff also knew his Senator and Congressman. When he moved to Texas he expressed surprise that his new classmates had no idea who their elected officials were.
Jeff considered himself a Texan. Jeffhad a great work ethic; he had his first job at the age of 5, working Saturdays for a local real estate agent. From sweeping floors and emptying trash at first, by the age of 6 he was totaling the bank deposits with a calculator and carrying the ‘money bag’ to the bank around the corner.
While in school, Jeff played the cello and sang in the boys’ choir. He was expert inwoodcraft , building his first bookcase at age 7.Jeff served in the US Marine Corps, repairing helicopters. He was a highly skilled mechanic, rebuilding his first car two years before he acquired a driver’s license. He loved his family dearly and exchanged grandchild stories with his colleague George.
Jeffery is survived by his widow, Renee Shields Everhart, and son Tyler James of the home; daughter Candace Everhart Fortino, her daughters Bella, age 5, Dagny, age 2, and spouse Vito Fortino of Savannah, MO; stepson Michael Roche and his wife Melissa and daughter Abbey, age 5 months, of Sanger, TX; his brothers, Steven and Jerry Jay and their families, and his parents, Barbara and James (Jim) Hettinger of Denton.