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.