Bill Conklin

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Billey Don Conklin, age 83, passed away peacefully July 11 surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with cancer. We will celebrate his life on July 14 at 10:00 am at Lakeridge Memorial Chapel with his pastor and friend Jim Irwin officiating. The South Plains Daylight Lodge along with Lamar Hayes will bestow the honor of a Masonic Service. Bill was born April 10, 1934 at home on the Whittenburg Ranch in Phillips, Texas to Lavana and ER Conklin.  After graduating from high school in Pampa, Texas, he attended Texas Tech.  In 1960, Bill married the love of his life, Jean Ramsey in Plainview.  He worked as a construction superintendent for Brown McKee and HB Zachry. In retirement, Bill spent time on the golf course, working out at the Lifestyle Center with his special group of friends, building many special projects, reloading ammunition in his workshop, as well as spending time supporting his ten grandchildren in all their activities. Rodeo was a big part of his life, and anyone who met Bill was dazzled by his soft spoken, gentle cowboy spirit.  Bill Conklin was a man of integrity, honor & conviction.  He was an avid reader, thinker, philosopher with an amazing ability to remember facts and details.  At age 81, Bill was honored to become one of, if not the oldest man to achieve Master Mason in Texas.  He was proud to follow in his father’s footsteps and remained a faithful member of the South Plains Daylight Lodge in Lubbock.  Bill was steadfast in his faith and was a beautiful example of what our heavenly Father must be like.  When he was diagnosed with a grade 4 glioblastoma in February, he met this obstacle in the same way he faced everything. He calmly listened to the facts, and never hesitated to make the choice to fight. We are so proud of him, and we hope to honor him and his legacy with our lives. Bill is survived by his wife of 57 years, Jean; his son David Conklin and wife Kathy; daughter Stacy and husband Jent Burke.  Ten grandchildren: Jessica, Bryan, Courtney, Lacey, Andrea and Bailey; Drew, Brooks, Brynna and Deidra; and great grands: Catherine, Patrick, Graham and Hudson. As well as his grandchildren in love: Cory, Micah, and Ethan.We want to extend a special thank you to the team at Arrington, including the amazing greeters Matt & Lorenzo, Dr Harold Smith, his nurse Kathy, Dr Shalaby and staff, Dr Neumann and staff, Dr Todd Rose, Dr. Tapan Nath and Dr Borno. We are also so grateful for Hospice of Lubbock and Crownpoint who helped make his last few weeks at home possible.


In lieu of flowers, he prefers donations to the American Cancer Society, the American Brain Tumor Association, or Hospice of Lubbock.


19 thoughts on “Bill Conklin”

  1. Stan Walton and family

    We are so sorry for your loss, out prayers are with the family. Sincerely Stan and Sheri Walton

  2. Lorrie Rodriguez

    David I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. This obituary is a beautiful story of an obviously wonderful life.

  3. Cheryl Bateman

    Such an amazing man. Loved his warm smile, his quick wit and he always had a story on hand. We will miss him.

  4. Marquita Watts

    David … I am so sorry for the loss of your dad! Lots of hugs and prayers sent your way!

  5. So sorry for your loss–my thoughts and prayers are will you and your family! God bless!! Monica Young

  6. Jean, you and your sweet family are in our thoughts and prayers. I don’t remember if I ever met Bill in person or not, but I know that he was a wonderful man, just from remembering you talk about him. Stacy, my heart goes out to you! I lost my dad 11 years ago. I know how hard it is. May our wonderful Savior bring you much peace! I love you guys!

  7. Jean,
    My sincere condolences on the passing of Bill. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this difficult and sorrowful time. ♥

  8. It is hard to understand the why’s especially when it is so quick and fast. A blessing he not suffer. B.J. may you and family find peace and comfort with time. I understand and care.

  9. Praying for God’s comfort & strength for Jean and all the family for the passing of their beloved husband, father, and granfather. God blessings on each one of you.
    Ed & Mary Whitehead

  10. BJ, I send hugs and prayers to you and your family. You have been so strong throughout this journey. You are an inspiration to me. XO, Pinky

  11. My heart breaks to see this news. Rebekkah and I send our love and prayers to Mama Jean, Cathy, David, and the whole family.

  12. The Nash Family

    So sorry for your loss. From our Family to your thoughts and prayers for understanding during this time of loss.

  13. David, I am so sorry for the loss of your dad. My prayers are with you and your family. Love Martha Lopez

  14. Jean, My deepest sympathy to you and your family. May God grant you strength, comfort, and peace. God Bless !!!

  15. Uncle Bill will be dearly missed.
    Lonnie and I are so lucky to have him in our Life.. We will be praying for your family….

  16. Jean and Family, For some reason I’d thought of Billey lately. Its been years since I’ve seen him. I’m sure you don’t remember me but I worked (and still do)
    at H & R Block. I visited with him every year for many years and always was amazed at his good record keeping. So sorry to hear of his death. May he
    rest in peace.

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