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Born: March 1, 1935

Place of Birth: Childress, TX

Death: April 16, 2013

Place of Death: Scottsdale, AZ

Occupation: Rancher / Entrepreneur

Hobbies: Polo, Skiing, Horseback Riding, Flying, Fast Cars, Dining,

Organizations: Maricopa County Deputy Sheriff Posse, United States Polo Club, Crossroads Christian Fellowship Member






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Williams Funeral Directors
Garland, TX





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Jerry Wendell Mitchell

    March 1, 1935  -  April 16, 2013





Life Legacy


Jerry Mitchell, 78, was born March 1, 1935, and passed away April 16, 2013 in Scottsdale, AZ. He will be dearly missed by his loving family.
Jerry is survived by his fiancée, Jennifer Tuzzolino; children, Debra Elaine Jones of Abilene, TX; Ronald Lynn Mitchell of Cave Creek, AZ; Lisa Eileen Clark of Millsap, TX, Savannah Starr Mitchell of Phoenix, AZ; and ex-wife Bette Ellen Mitchell of Albuquerque, NM. Grandchildren, Cutter Jones of Brenham, TX; Casee Harwell of Abilene, TX; and Rachel Clark of Millsap, TX; siblings, Susie Grimm of Garland, TX, and Bill Mitchell of Dallas, TX; great-grandchildren Blake and Ribbon Jones of Brenham, TX; and Landry and Lash Harwell of Abilene, TX.

Jerry lived an extraordinary life. He was born in Childress, Texas where his family soon moved to Encino, New Mexico. Jerry grew up riding colts and working on the family cattle ranch. Jerry loved playing basketball and played for Encino New Mexico High School where he graduated in 1953. Jerry married Bette Ellen Mathis of Vaughn, New Mexico in 1953. Jerry enlisted into the USAF in 1954, where he became Airman 2nd class, and Munitions Specialist. Jerry moved to the family ranch in Kamay, Texas in 1962. In 1971 he purchased land in Scottsdale, Arizona where he developed several ranches, ABC Ranch and Polo Club, Rawhide, Krazy Horse Ranch and Polo Club, Wranglers Roost Dude Ranch, and developed his western theme park in Branson, Missouri. Jerry purchased his dream home, a castle on Camelback mountain in Phoenix, Arizona 1989.
Jerry enjoyed playing polo, riding, entertaining, flying his plane between ranches, and searching for new adventures. Fearless and determined, Jerry really LIVED.


Funeral Service for Jerry will be Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 1:00 PM in Williams Memorial Chapel, with visitation the night before from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Gravesite is located at Laurel Oaks Cemetery.