MIDLAND — Jeffrey Longbotham, 50, went to be with our Lord and Savior on Sunday, November 8, 2009 in Lubbock.

The family will receive friends at Ellis Funeral Home, Wednesday, November 6, 2009 between the hours of 6-8 p.m.

Celebration of Life services have been scheduled for 3 p.m., Thursday, November 12, 2009 at Crestview Baptist Church with Dr. John Gerlach officiating.  Interment will be Friday, November 13, 2009 at 11 a.m. in Fort Davis. Pallbearers will be Jared Longbotham, Jacob Longbotham, Jack Longbotham, Rick Killon, Tommy Compton, Glen Elliot, Rick Vestal and Bob Collier. Honorary pallbearer Kirk Snodgrass.

Jeff was born April 30, 1959 in Snyder to Jack and Elizabeth Longbotham. He graduated from Clyde High School and attended Tarleton State University, where he played football for four years.  He was an Ag Business Major.  Jeff worked for First City Bank in Midland for nine years and then began his own oil and gas business, Riviera Energy of Midland. He enjoyed stock shows, boating, golfing, horseback riding, and relaxing at his Diamond L Ranch in Fort Davis.  Jeff was the Chairman of the National Kidney Foundation Golf Tournament and fund raiser.  He raised over 1.5 million dollars for the Kidney Foundation.  Jeff married Katy Booe in Midland on November 7, 1981 at Crestview Baptist Church where they are active members.  He did Indian Guides and Indian Princess Organizations with his children.  He enjoyed watching his children in all sports activities and showing steers in stock shows across the state.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, John G. and Ruth Prude of Ft. Davis

Survivors include his wife, Katy, children; Jared, Leslie, Jacob of Midland; parents Jack and Elizabeth Longbotham of Clyde; brother, Jack Longbotham of Abilene; sister, Beth and Kelly High of Victoria; and sister, Becky Rodriquez of Bridgeport; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.  Also father and mother-in-law, Frank and Joan Holley of Lake Whitney sister-in-laws, Jackie Booe of Lake Whitney, Roxanna and Tommy Compton of Clifton, Kelly Keisling of Ft. Worth; and Debbie Holley of Weatherford.

Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home, 801 Andrews Highway, Midland, Texas.

 Memorials may be directed to the National Kidney Foundation, PO Box 11062, Midland, Texas, 79702.

Published November 10, 2009

Stephenville Empire-Tribune