Lieutenant John H. Small
Born in Hackensack, NJ on June 4, 1933
Died August 22, 2008 and resided in San Antonio, TX
Service to Precinct 2, March 1985 to August 2008
John Hart Small, age 75, passed away on Friday, August 22, 2008 in San Antonio, Texas after suffering a heart attack at his home. He was born June 4, 1933 in Hackensack, New Jersey to James William Small and Constance Elizabeth Ball. He is survived by his devoted wife of 35 years, Patricia Walsh Small, their loving children, John Edward Hart Small and wife, Katherine; Patrick Henry Small, and Elizabeth Trueheart Small; and granddaughter, Reagan Nicole Small; and from his first marriage, his loving children, Deborah Lynn Hahn and husband, Richard III; Sheryl Ann Small Truitt; and Loraine Kay Moczygemba and husband, Roger; grandchildren, Angel Christine Duncan, Richard Hahn IV, and Christopher Alan Stuckey; and great-grandson, Zachary Ethan Stuckey. He is survived by his sister, Mary Nichols and husband, Don; sister-in-law, Ruth Small; nephews; Kenneth Small, James Small III, and Kenneth Kalteyer; plus numerous other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Paul Small and James Small II; and his father-in-law, Edward Patrick Walsh.
John was raised in Elmendorf, Texas, and attended Elmendorf Elementary School (Class of 1947), Central Catholic High School (1951), St. Marys University (BBA - Accounting, 1963), and Southwest Texas State University (MS - Interdisciplinary Studies, 1985). A veteran of the Korean War with eight years of service (two regular and six as reserve), he attained the rank of Corporal and proudly served as NCOIC of the Communications and Message Center, 7962nd Engineer Supply Control Office, Headquarters Europe.
From 1965 to 1970, he worked for now Bishop John Yanta as Director of Operations of SANYO. From 1971 to 1996, he worked for the City of San Antonio in several positions, including five years as Operations Manager of the Model Cities Department and fifteen years as City Auditor. In 2005, the Bexar County Commissioners appointed him as a representative of the County on the Board of City South Management Authority, a position he held until his passing.
He was also very active in the Bexar County Sheriffs Office Reserves for ten years before joining the Precinct 2 Constables Office with 34 years service as Lieutenant and Master Peace Officer for Jimmy Willborn, a wonderful man.
Always active in civic and community affairs, he was a member of Beethoven Hall, Herman Sons, the Sons of the American Revolution, the Non Commissioned Officers Association, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the Atascosa County Farm Bureau, and the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. He was a life member of the American Legion, the VFW, the NRA, the TSRA, and the San Antonio Livestock Exposition of which he was a past Director. He was also Past President of the Bexar County Deputy Constables Association and Past Secretary of the Bexar County Sheriffs Reserves.
Aside from family and ranching, he considered his most enjoyable times to be the time spent with the Sheriffs Office Metro Squad – a unit consisting of personnel from the City, County, State, DA, and DEA to work narcotics. He served as Secretary of that organization and was assigned to drive the paddy wagon, to dispatch, and to criminal investigation, working with Sgt. Kenneth Bilhartz and Lt. Alfred Carreon.
After selling his part of the JLC Ranch on the Medina River to Toyota Motor Corp, he spent much of his time in recent years enjoying himself at Fairview and San Jose, his ranches twelve miles east of Pleasanton, and running cattle with his business partner Tim Pennell.
He will be missed dearly by his family and his close friends Jesse Garza, Gilbert Candia, and Joe Algueseva.