AUSTIN - Jeff was born Dec. 1, 1946 to Pete and Frankie Heath in Austin, TX. Jeff graduated from Buda High School in 1965 and was a graduate of Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos. During and after college Jeff served with the Army National Guard of Texas receiving an Honorable Discharge in February 1976. After college, Jeff worked for the Texas Department of Agriculture for 10 years, then began working for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Services) before retiring after 40 years of service. Jeff also served as a member of the Huckabay ISD School Board for the past five years.

Jeff was a devout Christian, loved horses, rodeo, kids, and his family more than anything.

He is survived by his wife and best friend of 53 years, Nancy K. Heath; daughter Jody Powell (Bobby) and grandchildren Megan Campbell (Greg), Christopher Powell, Steven Powell (Niki Kovats), and Payton Powell; son Ty Heath and grandson Jaydenn Heath; brother Perry Heath (Pat) and niece Jennifer Ripstra (Rachel) and nephew James Heath (Beth) and their children Kylie, Logan and Sydney; sister-in-law Eleaine Sobotik (Melvin), niece Terri Reiley (Brian) and their children Hannah and Haylee; as well as many cousins.

Jeff’s family is grateful to Dr. Boucher and staff at Stephenville Medical and Surgical Clinic, his doctors and nurses at Baylor Scott & White in Temple, especially STC 4 Palliative Services for their care and compassion.

A Graveside Service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 30, at Forest Oaks Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Backpack Buddies of Erath County, to the following address: JJ Hampton Realty - In Honor of Jeff Heath - 2291 Northwest Loop, Stephenville, TX 76401.