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John Howell Pickett Jr.

FORT WORTH-John Howell Pickett, Jr., passed peacefully from this world on August 11, 2018, in Fort Worth, Texas.
Visitation: Thursday, August 16, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 noon at Brown Owens & Brumley Funeral Home, 425 S. Henderson, Fort Worth.
Memorial service: will be held at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 5709 Wedgwood Dr., that same day at 2:00 PM. Following the service, the day of celebration will end with a party (yes, party!) at the River Bend Villas Clubhouse, 3128 River Bend Blvd.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in John’s honor to the Native Prairies Association of Texas or to St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church.
John was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming, on May 22, 1935, to John Howell Pickett, Sr., and Iola (Schultz) Pickett. He was raised an Army brat, spending his childhood in places as diverse as Brownwood, Texas, and Rome, Italy. This helped instill an intellectual curiosity and openness to the world that never left him. John met Dana Rhea Welborne on a blind date in Austin and they were married 6 months later on August 26, 1955, in Dallas. Their intense love and devotion never wavered. After becoming parents late in 1956, John and Dana began raising a family. In 1958, John was commissioned as an Army officer. During that time, he and his family lived in Virginia, Washington State, Germany, and Texas, and John served his country for a year in Vietnam. He left active duty in 1969 but continued to serve for many years in the Army Reserve. John found a job with the City of Dallas, where his talent and work ethic eventually made him director of the city’s Office of Emergency Preparedness. He received a BA from the University of Texas at Austin and a MLA from Southern Methodist University. John retired from the City in 1990, but remained active in the emergency management community becoming President of the National Coordinating Council for Emergency Management. In 1986, John and Dana moved to a home overlooking the Paluxy River in Glen Rose, Texas. In working to restore their plot of land, John—always a lover of nature—developed a passion for native plants. The Glen Rose home became a contemplative place where all the family could appreciate nature, especially for the grandchildren who brought him unending pride and delight. John and Dana moved to Fort Worth in 2006 and their home continued to be a family place to gather, share, and laugh. The benefits of John’s kind and generous spirit, innate leadership qualities, and engaging intellect spread well beyond his family.
John is survived by his wife of 63 years, Dana Rhea Welborne Pickett; children Tina Gay Pickett Holmes (Roger Holmes), Bonny Kay Pickett Green (Alan Green), and David Alan Pickett (Patrice Cuccaro Pickett); grandchildren Gordon Welborne Green, Sara Elizabeth Green Wadlington (Jacob Wadlington), John Andrew Green (Megan Beidleman Green), Maria Rose Pickett, and John Anthony Pickett; great-grandsons Clark Douglas Wadlington and Peter Tilford Wadlington; his brothers James David Pickett (Donna Pickett) and Frank Alan Pickett (Relda Pickett); and 3 nieces, 2 nephews, and numerous cousins.

Brown Owens & Brumley Family Funeral Home
425 S. Henderson St.
(817) 335-4557

Condolence Messages

  1. Margaret B Sherbert

    Dana I am truly sorry for your loss. John was such a wonderful man with a kind soul. He will be missed by all that knew and loved him.

  2. Heidi Cooper-Chapman

    I’m very sorry for the loss of John Pickett. I knew him since his daughter, Tina and I went to school in the mid seventies. I admired him and Mrs. Picket . They were generous and kind . John Picket was respected and loved . The memories will heal the emptiness of his loss , but a celebration is near! Love, Heidi Cooper

  3. Fran & Mitchel Nichnowitz

    Dear Tina and Family ,

    So sorry for the loss of a sweet wonderful man your Daddy ! U and your family are in our heart and sending tons of love ❤️
    Fran &
    Mitchel Nichnowitz

  4. Audrey Arechiga-Kajs

    David and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Your father sounds like a loving and generous man. I will pray for your comfort and peace.
    Audrey Arechiga-Kajs

  5. Dana praying for you and your family. Lovely obituary. Jeri quinton

  6. Shelley O’Connor

    Dear Dana, My heart and hugs are with you, Tina & Roger and Pickett Family. When I think of John I feel a warmth like the rays of the sun on a beautiful morning day when nature is thankful. All my love, Shelley

  7. Odysseus "OD" Lanier

    Tina, I am truly sorry to hear about the loss of your father. Please accept our sincere condolences as you and your family move through the grieving process. I understand the pain of losing a parent, but you must focus on the good times you had with your dad. Tammy and I will keep you and your family in our prayers. With deepest sympathy, OD

  8. John’s never ending generosity of knowledge and spirit made Glen Rose a bettter place for everyone who lived here. He was a true role model of kindness and diligence. I am saddened that our world will be without him. My condolences to his equally incredible family .

  9. On behalf of the International Association of Emergency Managers, I would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family at this time of George’s passing. He played a vital role as president in the earlier years of the organization. His contributions to emergency preparedness in the City of Dallas and the country as a whole will live on as a legacy to his activity.

    Bob Goldhammer, CEM
    IAEM Chaplain

  10. Tina, my prayers and hugs to you and your family. So sorry for the loss of your father, your parents pictures always showed the fabulous person he was.

  11. Caitlin Hartwigsen

    To the Pickett family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. I am praying for peace during this difficult time for all. I will always remember the tour of Glen Rose with Meghan guided by your Grandaddy as one of the best memories and Thanksgivings I’ve had. Dana and John have always made me feel a part of their family from when I was in high school with Sara. Heaven is gaining an angel.

    Caitlin Hartwigsen

  12. Dana and family,
    Your loss can’t be measured. Jeanne and I will continue to think and pray for your sudden loss. John must have been a heck of a guy to catch your eye. I never had the privelage of meeting John but, my our hearts go out to all of you.
    Thinking of you,
    Mike and Jeanne

  13. Stephanie Slater Varnum

    My deepest sympathy to Dana and all the family. Jim enjoyed NPAT trips with John and swapping stories. As Jim died two years ago the gang of naturalists is growing and I know plant discussions are revving up.
    Specially yours,
    Stephanie Varnum

  14. David and family: I’m so sorry for your loss. Peace, blessings, and my condolences to all.

  15. Thinking of you at this difficult time. John was a wonderful friend and neighbor.

  16. Dana, I am so sorry to learn of John’s loss. My prayers are with you and your family. He will be missed by all who knew him. Please let me know if I can help you in any way. Ruth James

  17. David and Family. My deepest sympathy on the loss of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  18. We are so sorry for your loss. A wonderful bright light in this world has been dimmed. John was respected and admired by all and that is comforting to those who loved him dearly. We love you too, Dana.
    Martha and Fred Nelson

  19. David, Tina, Bonny and Ms. Pickett,

    Mr. Pickett was just such a great guy.

    My heartfelt empathy at this great loss, but his was a life to be celebrated and I see that is what you have done.

    Cheers Mr. Pickett!

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