Dateline: November 13, 2003
Jo LaFon Condron, a long-time Texas Panhandle resident who was born and
lived in Clarendon, passed away Saturday, November 1, 2003, after a
lengthy illness in Ventura, California.
was 79 years old and was preceded in death by her husband Stuart, a
graduate of West Texas State College and member of the faculty at Ventura
(Calif.) College who died nine years ago. Stuart was a broadcaster for
KGNC and KFDA Radio in Amarillo and a farmer and rancher in the area for
many years. Bobbye is survived by five children, 13 grandchildren, and 14
was born in Clarendon, October 6, 1924. She attended school in Clovis,
N.M., and graduated from high school in Canyon. She briefly attended West
Texas State College. She worked with the War Department during World War
II in Canyon.
was the seventh child of Robert and Selma LaFon, descendants of early
Texas panhandle pioneers who traveled from Kentucky to Texas in the early
1800s to farm the areas around Clarendon and Canyon. The LaFon family
lived in Lelia Lake, a community near Clarendon, during the time around
World War I. Both Robert and Selma LaFon and their daughter Bernice are
buried in Clarendon.
father in law, Dr. S.H. Condron, was Dean of Students at Clarendon College
in the early 1900s and a long-time professor and head of the government
department at West Texas State College. His wife and Bobbye’s
mother-in-law, Mary, attended Clarendon College.
was a certified Senior Escrow Officer for 25 years in California, worked
in the art department at the University of California at Santa Barbara,
and was a staff member at “Project Understanding,” an organization in
Ventura that provides services for homeless people. She was a member of
the College United Methodist Church in Ventura, where she was very active
in church work serving as Senior Council member, Staff Parish Chairperson,
and Church Secretary among other positions.
and Stuart were members of several HAM Radio Clubs, including Poinsetta
Amateur Club and Sam’s Hams Radio Club. They participated in several
disasters, providing needed communication for emergency personnel during
fires, earthquakes, and power outages throughout the California area.
survivors include her children: Bob Condron and his wife B.J. from
Colorado Springs, Colorado; Jan Mahoney and her husband Clark of
Woodville, Texas; John Condron and his wife Kay of Santa Barbara; Mike
Condron and his wife Laina of Santa Barbara; and Cindi Knight and her
husband Rob of Ventura.
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