Joe David Grant, 70, of Denton, TX, passed away August 3, 2013. He was born April 20, 1943, in Dexter, NM, to Walter (Shorty) Grant and LaVerne Phillips Grant. He graduated from Dexter High School in 1961. During his younger years, he enjoyed drag racing and was an accomplished mechanic.
Joe drove trucks in the Dexter area before moving to TX to work in the oil industry. In 1992, he married his wife, Sheryl Grant, in Grand Prairie, TX, where he attended Lincoln Technical Institute from 1991 to 1992. He was an independent HVAC contractor, and was also employed by BCI Mechanical in Denton.
He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Sheryl, and her son, Ricky Robbins, of Denton. His surviving siblings are Ralph Grant and Janice Caffall and her husband, Norman, of Dexter, NM, Mike Grant and Larry Grant, and his wife, Susie, of Roswell. Joe is survived by one nephew, Clay Caffall, and four nieces, Dana Wagner, Andrea Wright, Elizabeth McGinty, and Christine Ross; three aunts, Sarah Staeden, Kathleen Sutcliff, and Betty Clemenza and her husband, Nick, and many cousins.
Joe had three very dear friends that he lovingly referred to as his daughters. They are Lejean Mitchell of Krum, TX; Terry Nelson of Arlington, TX; and Angelia Brooks of Denton, TX.
As a child growing up in Dexter, Joe’s parents, aunts, and uncles frequently met at the home of his grandparents, O.W. and Lillian Phillips, for Sunday dinners where 32 first cousins played, laughed, fought, and grew to love one another.
Throughout his life, Joe enjoyed drag racing, boating, fishing, and hunting. He was a prankster at heart, a great mentor, and a loyal friend.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 24, 2013, in Denton, TX. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Lung Association. There will be no local services.