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John "Jed" Dollinger '63 July 19, 2022 5:19 PM updated: July 19, 2022 5:29 PM

John E. “Jed” Dollinger
December 5, 1940 - July 17, 2022

John E. “Jed” Dollinger passed away on July 17, 2022, in Spring, Texas. He was 81.

Jed was born in Beaumont, Texas December 5, 1940. He graduated from St. Anthony’s High School in 1959 and Texas A&M University in 1963. He served our country for two years in the U.S. Army and returned to Beaumont in 1965. Jed loved Beaumont, Texas and spent 71 of his 81 years deeply involved with the community.

When you look at Jed Dollinger’s life you see his four great loves – family, service to his community, sports and friends.

Jed Dollinger was a family man. He married Gale Green in 1966 and their family grew with the birth of Jessica in 1969. Jed and Gale enjoyed travel, the beach and just time at home with family. Jed and Jessica did everything from Indian Princesses to watching those Golden Gators play ball to her wedding which took place right in the Dollinger’s living room on Avenue of the Oaks. Jed and Gale hosted holiday gatherings. Jed was the uncle on the floor harassing his young nephews! Jed also was the Main Man taking care of his dad when his dad needed it most – it was Jed that got him to Mass every Sunday and Rotary every Wednesday. It was also Jed who stepped in to lead Dollinger Steel Company when his brother Chick Jr. died unexpectedly. When a man’s daughter says, “My dad was a man of faith, a man of honor, a man of duty and service, a man of tradition,” you know that man has done things right.

Jed Dollinger was dedicated to serving the people and the institutions of Beaumont, Texas. His 40-year career was with Wathen DeShong & Juncker, LLP where he became a partner in 1971. However, Jed served Beaumont wearing many more hats than that of a CPA. He began with the Jaycees in 1966 and expanded into the Better Business Bureau, the Southeast Texas Economic Development Foundation and the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce, where he especially loved his years as a Leadership Beaumont Participant. Jed was a third generation Rotarian where he served from 1973 to 2016. He was a part of the Beaumont A&M club for 50 years. Add in his commitment to St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church where he served as a Eucharistic Minister, with the Men of Jude, and on both the Parish Council and Finance Committee. Jed didn’t just go to the meetings of these organizations; he served as a board member, a treasurer, a president or a foundation chair.

Jed Dollinger was an athlete. From sand lot baseball, Little League, Pony League, and Teenage League to playing all three sports in high school. (Jed was named All State Center his junior year – and that was at a height of 5’5”.) As an adult there were ten years of Fast Pitch Softball and then there were the years and years that Jed ran! Every morning. Miles and miles and miles. Dozens of Fun Runs. Four marathons. Aggie football wrapped itself into and around his love of sports and Jed headed up to College Station for every game he could.

Most of all, Jed Dollinger was a friend. He kept his grammar school friends – like the one that remembers getting in trouble with Sister Nicholas in second grade and still says it was Jed’s fault! Jed delighted in his high school friends. One of those friends said he admired Jed’s determination – “Like when we played football and he was determined not to let me get up off the ground after a hard tackle.” Anther dubbed that determination Jed’s “bulldog personality.” A third classmate remembered the morning they skipped out of school to go play in the snow. Sister Regis, the principal, just shook her head as she watched them drive away! A fourth said Jed was the glue that kept their class together. His freshman roommate from A&M talks about all the times they used to wrestle. He said he had some size on Jed, but Jed had the strength on him! Jed left his time in the Army with one friend that remained like a brother to him. Throughout Jed Dollinger’s fifty years as a business man in Beaumont he continued to make friends in every organization he worked with. More great stories come from these years. One friend said it was Jed that encouraged him to run a marathon, told him that “you have what it takes.” (That friend has now run twenty marathons!) Some talk about how good it was to work on projects with Jed. Others mention how Jed made them laugh, and how much fun they had on trips to watch those Aggies play football. To all those friends, to all his family, if Jed could leave you with some wise words right now, this is what he would say: Glad you got to see me!

Jed is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Jessica and Matthew Lynn; his sister and her husband, Artie Lee (Sissy) and Herb Miller; his brother and his wife, Jerry and Jan Dollinger; his sister-in-law, Kit Gentry and a plethora of nieces and nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his wife of 49 years, Gale Green Dollinger; his daughter, Ashley; and his parents, Chick and Artie Dollinger.

A gathering of Mr. Dollinger’s family and friends will begin at 10:00 a.m., with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, July 21, 2022, at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church, 6825 Gladys Avenue, Beaumont. A luncheon will follow in Culotta Hall. His graveside service will be 2:00 p.m., Thursday, at Magnolia Cemetery, 2291 Pine Street, Beaumont, under the direction of Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to The Association of Former Students of Texas A&M, 505 George Bush Drive, College Station, Texas 77840-2918.

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