Bruce E. Julian

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Bruce Julian passed away Monday, February 12, 2018. We will gather for fellowship and remembrance from 5 to 7 p.m. today, February 14, 2018 at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers. Family and friends will celebrate Bruce’s life of 73 years on Thursday, February 15, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church Ford Chapel in Lubbock, TX, followed by a graveside service at 4:30 p.m. at Floyd County Memorial Park in Floydada, TX. Family and friends of the First Baptist Church of Perryton, TX, have scheduled a memorial service on Friday, February 16, 2018, where he previously lived for 48 years. 

Bruce Everist Julian was born on October 9, 1944, to Murray and Bonnie Everist Julian in Floydada, TX. After graduating from Floydada High School, he attended West Texas State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Government. Upon graduating, he continued his education at the University of Texas Law School, completing his Doctor of Jurisprudence with Honors in 1970.

 In 1970 he and his wife of 20 years, Janet Moore Julian, moved to Perryton, TX, where God blessed them with two sons: Clay (1973) and Wade (1975). On June 20, 1992, he married Jolene Donaldson Decker at the First Baptist Church in Guymon, OK, and they celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in 2017.

Bruce lived a full life, and many people benefited from his leadership and service. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Perryton where he faithfully served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher. He had a burden for the lost, and he was a strong source of encouragement for his pastors and fellow church members. Upon moving to Lubbock in March 2017, he and Jolene became faithful members of First Baptist Church and were warmly welcomed into that fellowship.

 He was a loyal leader at First Bank Southwest for 46 years. During his tenure, Bruce served as Executive Vice President, Senior Loan Officer, Senior Trust Officer, and the bank’s General Counsel. In 1997 he was instrumental in the founding of Covenant Title Company for the bank and served as its President until he retired on December 31, 2009. Additionally, he served as the Co-Vice Chairman of First Perryton Bancorp (Holding Company) and First Bank Southwest until the day of his passing.

 He was a faithful civic leader throughout his life. He served as Municipal Judge of Perryton for 44 years (the longest running municipal judge in Texas history); he was selected as the Ochiltree County Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year in 2003, served on the Perryton School Board, and was long-time member of Kiwanis International. Additionally, he served as a faithful leader on the Board of Trustees of Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, TX, for 27 years.

 Bruce lived a full life for his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, following Him from a very young age and faithfully serving Him to the end of his life.

Survivors include wife, Jolene Julian; children, Clay Julian and wife, Carol; Wade Julian and wife, Britni; Jennifer Heinze and husband, Edward; Jeff Decker and wife, Jenna; grandchildren, Alyssa Garcia; Preston, Carlie, Pierson, and Riley Julian; Braden and Kara Beth Heinze; Sterling, Stoney and Stetson Decker; and two brothers, Terry Julian and wife, Leona; and Kendis Julian and wife, Janis.

 Bruce was preceded in death by his parents, Murray and Bonnie Julian.


First Baptist Church Lubbock, Texas,; First Baptist Church Perryton, Texas,; Ranger Academic Enrichment Foundation-Pathways Fund.


14 thoughts on “Bruce E. Julian”

  1. Dennis Deavenport

    I grew up with Bruce and his family on the cotton farms of South Plains. We played many sports such as softball, basketball, and football on those dusty fields and over the years, we all grew into adults to pursue our own goals. Bruce was a strong man with a keen intellect. He was a leader and over his lifetime and made significant contributions to the people of his community through his business, social, and religious connections. It saddens me to hear that he is no longer with us and know that his loss is being felt strongly by his family, friends, and fellow community members in Perryton and the north Texas region. His large presence here on earth may be over but his legacy is strong. We celebrate his life while mourning his death.

    I have contacted the First Baptist Church in Perryton and talked with one of his friends there about Bruce and what Bruce might feel was a fitting contribution to memorialize his life and was told that he was quite interested in the church’s missions program. She had apparently been on a mission with Bruce years ago to Africa and felt that this would be meaningful.

    The contribution is being made in the name of his South Plains Grade School and Floydada High School classmates who will miss him.

  2. Gary Branch/Marc West

    All our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Bruce will truly be missed. He was such a nice man. Let us know if wee can do anything. Thoughts and Prayers! Gary, Marc and staff at CVS Pharmacy.

  3. Jessica McCallie Symons

    Bruce was a wonderful attorney and always so kind and helpful to me early in my practice. He recommended me to several of his clients when he retired, and his confidence in me is something I will always remember and appreciate a great deal. His solid work and the relationships he made with his friends and clients will continue to affect and benefit the Perryton community for many years to come. He was a true asset to us and he will be missed tremendously.

  4. Bruce was an amazing man and leader for Perryton and the Texas Panhandle.
    With Deepest Sympathy and Prayers,
    Dennis and Marita Carroll

  5. Jim & Rosemary Clements

    We will keep you and your family in our prayers. God’s love to you dear lady.

  6. I want to say Bruce was a faithful member of the Men’s Prayer group of First Baptist Church, Lubbock, Texas. He was a nice gentleman. I know he is a peace with the “Lord Jesus”, now.
    My condolences to the family, at your loss. I will be praying for you.

  7. Sorry for your loss.Bruce was a good friend and a great school leader. Will always be indebted to him fior his leadership while serving as superintendent of Perryton ISD.

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