Memorial services for Jackie Cecil Gaines, of Levelland, will be held Thursday, November 12, at First Evangelical Presbyterian Church with pastor Jon Sharpe officiating and with music provided by Cindy Terzenbach.
Jackie Cecil Gaines, 87 years old, of Levelland, died November 8, 2020, surrounded by his loved ones.
He was born July 13, 1933,in Val Verde, Texas to Cecil and Mabel Gaines.
Jackie was a 1951 graduate of Holland High school, where he was a great athlete and was involved in all sports. He went on to play minor league baseball for AAA in Timple, Texas.
He was a 1955 graduate of SWTSTC in San Marcos with a degree in biology.
Jackie married the love of his life, Sandra Via of Bartlett, Texas, on June 25, 1955, at First Presbyterian Church in Bartlett.
Jackie then started his teaching career in Edcouch-Elsa CISD that same year and later went on to coach and teach in Holland.
Jackie and Sandra were blessed with two children, Marisa Gaines Ochoa and Jackie Kevin Gaines.
They moved to Levelland in 1966, where he taught biology at Levelland High School.
He went on to earn a master’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in counseling from Texas Tech University in Lubbock.
Jackie then became the school counselor for Hockley County and the surrounding counties. He refereed basketball and football, as well as managing the city pools for many years.
Because of his great love of teaching and all of the students, after retirement, he was a substitute teacher until his early 80’s.
Jackie was a long-time, active member and deacon of First Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Levelland.
He and Sandra loved to travel with family and friends and to spend time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his mother and father-in-law, Buck and Dessie Via; a brother; three sisters; and his son-in-law, Sly Ochoa.
He is survived by his wife, Sandra; his daughter, Marisa Ochoa; his son, Jackie Kevin (Lisa) Gaines; his grandchildren: Lauren (Daron) Corbin, Lance (Amber) Keller, Rebekah (Chase) Odom and Jessica, Jennifer, Logan, Landon Gaines.
He is also survived by his great-grandchildren: Shelby and Kylie Corbin, Blake, Ashton, Dylan and Kaleb Keller, Bella Campos and Remington Jackie Odom, as well as a brother, Teddy (Linda) Gaines.