Jeffery William Dailey, 56, of Lubbock, Texas, died suddenly on January 3, 2022. Memorial services for Jeff are being planned and details will be posted soon on this page where you are also invited to sign his virtual guestbook.
Born on February 8, 1965, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to William Vincent Dailey and Patricia Kilmer Dailey, Jeff was a 1983 alumnus of Mercersburg Academy and graduated from Penn State University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Production. After college he joined the Peace Corps, volunteering for two years in Botswana to help others in the agricultural sector. He was especially proud of that experience. Upon his return, he joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture Research Service, serving first at the Livestock Behavior Research Unit in West Lafayette, Indiana, and then at the Livestock Issues Research Unit in Lubbock, Texas. Jeff earned his Master of Science in Animal Behavior from Texas Tech University in 1995. He was a key member of the Livestock Issues Research Unit, providing expertise in animal behavior, automated gathering of data about animals and facilities, and use of technology to numerous individuals throughout the United States and Canada. He was a founding member and coordinator of the Livestock Issues Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. Jeff was a kindhearted person, always eager to help people personally and professionally. He enjoyed teaching students and collaborators, and initiated a bibliographic database for their use that currently contains nearly 48,000 peer-reviewed research papers. Jeff loved his friends and family deeply. He left the legacy of a life well-lived and will always be remembered as a kind and charitable person with a wry sense of humor. As an expression of Jeff’s loving and generous spirit, he had decided that his organs should be donated so others may live.
Jeff’s family is tremendously grateful to his co-workers for their love and friendship that enriched and blessed his daily life. They are particularly beholden to them for checking on Jeff and not leaving his side while he was in the hospital. The family has felt great solace in knowing that Jeff’s life was filled and blessed with such caring people, and appreciates the support and assistance that has been given during this difficult time.
Jeff is survived by his mother, Patricia Kilmer Rogers, of Windsor, Maine; his bonus mother, Jeanette Pettner Dailey, of Penn Township, Pennsylvania; his brother, Michael Paul Dailey (Sharon), of Bethel Park, Pennsylvania; his sister, Debra Lynn Franklin (Kirk), of Wichita, Kansas; his brother, Alan Robert Dailey, of Acton, Massachusetts; his sister, Kim Lynn Dailey, of Gardiner, Maine; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, William Vincent Dailey, of Penn Township, Pennsylvania.