Jonathan Hyatt Hopper, 87, of McDade, passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 10, 2021. On September 5, 1934, in the countryside of McDade, Texas, Jonathan Hyatt Hopper was born the youngest of three children to William Miller Hopper and Laws. Irene McDavid Hopper. He lived and grew up on the prairie in the community of Lund, where his mother taught. In the late 1940s, when Jonathan was in the 8e grade, the Hopper family moved to Elgin, where he played football at Elgin High School and graduated with the class of ’52. After high school, he enlisted in the United States Army, where he served in Korea and Japan with the Airborne Parachute Division. After honorably leaving the military, he enrolled and attended the University of Texas at Austin and Arlington. While in college, he worked part-time during the summer for Otis Elevator Company, which eventually turned into a 33-year career. In 1975, he married Patricia Campbell and the two had a beautiful daughter, Jennifer Lynn, who died in 2008, leaving behind her young son, Tyler.
Jonathan provided a home for Tyler and took great care of his grandson. Grandpaw was Tyler’s biggest supporter; he especially enjoyed Tyler’s scouting days and was his biggest fan throughout his high school years, attending all of his football, track events and wrestling matches. Tyler continued his graduate studies, then returned home to his farm in the community of Knobbs Springs.
Jonathan and Betty Lynn Meyer, old friends and classmates from Elgin got married in 1991. Together they cultivated their grandfathers’ land and shared their lives together for 15 years.
Jonathan and his sister Carol professed their faith in Christ as young children during a revival held at Knobbs Springs Baptist Church. He was baptized and spent his teenage years attending the First Baptist Church of Elgin, then at Manchaca Baptist with Jennifer, and later at Bannockburn Baptist Church with Tyler. In his later years he returned to Knobbs Springs Baptist Church, where he acquired his faith.
Jonathan was predeceased by both parents; his beloved daughter, Jennifer; and his two siblings, Jesse and Carol.
Jonathan is survived by his grandson, Tyler Hyatt Hopper; his granddaughter, Elizabeth Shafer; his stepdaughters, Sharon Shafer and Melissa Bauer; his nephews, Mark Hopper and his wife Debbie, Fred Hopper and his wife Patty, and John Hopper; her niece Patty and her husband Dan Gillian; and many extended family members and dear friends.
Jonathan will be laid to rest at Elgin Funeral Home on Friday, October 15.e from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the Knobbs Springs Baptist Church on Saturday, October 16e at 11:00 am chaired by Pastor David Atwood. Interment will follow at Knobbs Springs Baptist Church Cemetery. Arrangements and care are entrusted to: USING THE ELGIN FUNERAL HOME LOGO