John Francis Nutt

03/22/1940 –


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  • Funeral Service
Date: 09/16/2019
Time: 2:00 pm
 – 3:00 pm


John Francis Nutt passed away on September 12, 2019. Family and friends will gather to celebrate his life of 79 years at 2:00 pm on Monday, September 16, 2019, at Highland Baptist Church.

John Francis Nutt was born on March 22, 1940, to Stephen Martin and Rose Marie Trowbridge Nutt in Chicago, Illinois. John married Emily Burdett on November 24, 1977, in Eunice, New Mexico. At the time of their marriage, John had four children with Mona Crookshank, and Emily also had two children.

John joined the US Army in 1957 at the age of 17. Served in Ste. Marie Michigan, Fort Bliss, Texas; Panama Canal Zone; Okinawa; Korea; and Germany. He retired in 1980 after returning from Germany as a 1Sg E 8. He received a GED while serving in the military. He worked at Lubbock YWCA from 1980 to 1984 as a building maintenance supervisor. John graduated from South Plains College in May 1986 with a diploma in Data Information Systems, and he worked at Methodist Hospital from 1984 to 1992 as a computer programmer and analyst.

John and Emily bought Rio Penanaso RV Park in Mayhill, New Mexico in 1990 thinking it was just a business. Six short years later, both John and Emily were led to the Lord by John Hinze. John Nutt was 55 at the time. After receiving the Lord, the RV park became a ministry. John always felt that it was a privilege that God entrusted him with providing a place for Christians to worship, to grow, and to be joyous together.

John and Emily Nutt moved back to Lubbock in July of 2016.

John joined the Mayhill Fire Department in 1992 served until 2016. During this time he became a Firefighter and an EMT-B. He fought in 4 major forest fires and went on countless ambulance runs. He served as fire chief for nine years. He was awarded an honorary life membership.

He was a very active member of Mayhill Baptist Church from 1996 until 2016. For 18 years John dedicated his time to making breakfast for the men at Mayhill Baptist Church on Thursdays. He is currently a member of Highland Baptist Church in Lubbock, Texas where he serves with the AWANA program, Baby Closet, and sings in the choir.

John became an amateur radio operator to aide in mountain communication while on the Fire Department. He served one year as president at the Sacramento Mountain Amateur Radio Club, and he joined the Lubbock amateur radio Club after moving to Lubbock and currently serves as treasurer.

Survivors include his wife, Emily Rhea Nutt; children John Nutt, Jr. and wife, Janice; Martin Dean Nutt and wife, Jennifer; Brenda Kay Howerton and husband, Leo; Tanya Michelle Howell and husband, Roy; and Michael Scott Buescher; grandchildren, Miquel Nutt, Christy Martin, Sarah Frost and husband, Major William; Meagan Nutt, Martin Nutt, Brian Steven Nutt, Emily Nieman and husband, Josh; Addyson Buescher; and great-grandchildren, Nicki Nutt, Samantha Nutt, Noah Frost, William Frost, Sophia Frost, Junior Frost, Isabella Frost, Ariana Frost, Mason Nieman, and Madilyn Nieman; siblings, Steven Nutt, Virginia Marting; brother-in-law Carl Langhans, and sister-in-law, Carol Nutt; and a grandson of the heart, John Hibbard.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Stephen and Rose Nutt; daughter, Debbie Lynn Martin; brother, Joseph Nutt; and sister Rosie Langhans.


The family of John Francis Nutt has designated the AWANA Program or the Baby Closet at Highland Baptist Church, for contributions in his memory.


15 thoughts on “John Francis Nutt”

  1. Tanya Our Hearts go out to you and your family
    Me and my family will keep you and your family in our prayers, please take care of yourself and mom, Emily give her a big hug from me, love you I’m here if u need to talk. Victor also sends his Condolences

  2. Doug and I love you and John. It was such a joy and pleasure to know John. Emily, I’ll be praying for you.

    Much love, Jeannie and Doug Hurlbut

  3. Dan and Pat Cooper

    Emily, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We are so sorry for your loss of John. He was a Godly man for sure. Dan and I will never forget our good times at the RV Park. You and John always made us feel so welcome. He will always be in our thoughts and hearts. Dan and Pat Cooper Lakeland, Florida

  4. Emily,
    The memories that Bob and I had at the RV Park were some of the best of our lives. Fifteen years seem short for all the fun and joy we had together. You and John paid me such a gift of love when you came to Bob’s funeral in May. I shall never forget the Bible studies that John conducted at the park. I am sure he and Bob are having fun together in heaven now. As with me God is carrying you through these times just as the poem “Footprints in the Sand” states.

  5. I (Erin) was just thinking of John a couple of days ago and the meal we had at your home. Y’all were such a blessing to us! I am sorry for this loss and that we cannot be there to celebrate his homegoing. We love and miss you, Mrs. Emily!

    the Solises

  6. What an impact both John and Emily have had on my boys, Justis and Austin. We hold you close in heart and will see you soon in heaven Mr. John. What a duck race we will have upstairs!
    Love you “Enamy” praying for you and the family.
    Sweet memories ❤️
    The Ramford Fam

  7. Emily, So sorry.
    Our love and prayers as we think of you and the family.
    We miss you both and the wonderful times we had at
    Rio Penasco RV Park each summer.
    Aubrey and Brenda Tucker

  8. Dear Emily,
    I know you will miss John terribly.
    I am praying for God to provide comfort and peace as you continue the wonderful journey of life with the lord.
    I know Tanya and Little Emily will keep you busy.
    Love u bud.

  9. Emily, I’m so sorry for your loss. John was a wonderful, caring individual. I know my parents thought highly of you both. I shall never forget the day he and John Hinze came to my rescue after I tore up my knee on my parent’s property at Mayhill. I thought he was going to pass out after seeing what a bloidy mess it was, but he rallied and carried on with great care and compassion. I wish I could be there for the memorial. Please know I’ll be there in spirit and in prayer.

  10. Such a nice obituary Emily. Praying that our good Lord carry you through this time of sadness and loss. May his angels cover you with their great wings of love giving your hearts and minds rest and be comforted by the promise of heaven.

  11. Gaylene and Jerry Cox So sorry for your loss. John was such a blessing to know. Pray for your family and especilly for you Emily. We love and miss you so much.

  12. We are praying for you and your family during this difficult time. John was such a joy to know. He helped Harvey a lot when they served on the sound committee. We enjoyed getting to know you both during our time serving at Aspendale Baptist camp and worshipping at Mayhill. He will be missed so very much but we know he is rejoicing in Heaven and Heaven is rejoicing to have him. Our love and prayers, Harvey and Melissa Turnbow.

  13. Emily my precious friend!
    I am so terribly sorry about the loss of John. He will be missed not only by the family but also by many of the friends he has made during his life time. He was special to me and I will miss him. Prayers for you all during this difficult time.
    Joy Ann

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