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San Angelo, TX 76901
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Berry Mac

February 3, 1930 – November 13, 2018

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Berry Hester
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Obituary for Berry Mac Hester

Mac Hester passed away peacefully on November 13th, 2018 in San Angelo, Texas. He was born in Brownwood, Texas on February 3rd, 1930. Mac was the fourth child of Dewey and Gladys (Byrd) Hester. His two sisters, Edith Marie and Gladys Dell, died very young before Mac was born. His brother, Walter Lee, was killed on May 27, 1944 when his B-17 he was shot down over France as he was returning from his 22nd bombing mission over Germany.
Mac lived in Brownwood during the Great Depression. The family moved to western Brown County near Brookesmith so his father could support the family as a sharecropper. The living conditions were primitive and austere, but Mac remembered it as a happy time. Eventually, the family migrated to southern California to work in the aircraft industry. Los Angeles did not suit them and they moved to a large grain and cotton farm in the San Joaquin Valley where Dewey and Mac worked together.
Mac attended high school in the small town of Riverdale where he met Betty June Holt. Mac and Betty were high school sweethearts and were later married in 1952, after he graduated from UCLA. After a few years of public accounting, Mac bought and managed Jensen Auto Parts, an auto wrecking yard in Fresno. It grew steadily and successfully until he sold it 36 years later. Mac was also involved in the founding of the State of California Auto Dismantler’s Association where he served in various official positions. He sold the business, and in 1994, he and Betty retired to San Angelo where Mac had relatives.
All of his adult life, Mac spent as much time as possible in what he called his sanctuaries. They were located in God’s great outdoors. They extended from California to Alaska and the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Ocean. This is where he hunted, fished, meditated and prayed with his life-long friends. He also loved playing golf with Betty and his buddies on beautiful courses. He was a member of the San Angelo Country Club for many years.
After moving to San Angelo, Mac found two new sanctuaries. The first was a small, neglected, oak studded ranch in Coleman County. Mac spent 8 years bulldozing, stacking brush, spraying cactus and generally turning it into a 200+ acre park full of deer and turkey.
The second sanctuary came along when he was 70 years old and he and Betty started attending Sierra Vista United Methodist Church. They found a loving, caring congregation, and it gave Mac a place to do things that helped him feel worthwhile and gave him peace, contentment and the presence of the same God and Son that had been in all the other sanctuaries.
Mac is survived by his wife, Betty; his daughters, Michele and Nena; son-in-law, Stuart Harrington; and his two grandsons, Grant (and his wife, Lauren) and Mack. A celebration of life will take place on Saturday, December 15th, at 2pm at Sierra Vista United Methodist Church, 4522 College Hills Blvd., San Angelo, Texas. A heartfelt thank you to the team from Hospice of San Angelo that were with Mac in his final days. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity.

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Saturday, December 15th, 2018 2:00pm
Sierra Vista United Methodist Church
4522 College Hills Blvd
San Angelo, TX 76904
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Michele cell 325-812-7685 or home 325-947-5982