STEPHENVILLE - John Denton passed away unexpectedly on March 19, 2020 at the age of 72.


John Preston Denton, son of Nila Marie Jones was born Dec. 21, 1947 in Hico, TX. He was a graduate of Stephenville High School, served in the United States Army for two years and then received his Bachelor's Degree from Tarleton State University.


He spent four years running the horse program at Camp Carter YMCA followed by a year at Lena Pope Home. He spent the better of 47 years supporting and serving the world of rodeo as a judge and arena director. From his actions of encouragement and sportsmanship, as well as integrity, he has helped shape the lives of literally hundreds, if not thousands of young boys and girls over the span of those 47 years.


Johnny "Papa" Denton was a devoted father, brother, grandfather and friend.


He is survived by his daughter, Anna Denton; son-in-law Damon Mayfield, son, Kenny Harrison; brother, James Denton; grandkids, Myles Mayfield and wife Kaydee Mayfield, Maegen Fraley and husband Joey Fraley, Christopher Harrison, Clayton Harrison, and Jessa Bamber. Fiancé Rhonda Chew, boys Dagen & Jonah; nieces DeAnne Denton, Tina Phelps and husband Alvin Phelps; great nieces Hayley and Erin Phelps; former daughter-in-law Leslie Harrison, along with many other family members and friends.


He was preceded in death by his daughter, Marjorie Mayfield; mother, Nila Jones; grandparents Daddy (Hub Alexander) and Nannie (Jossie Belle Alexander); and sister-in-law Shirley Denton.


Due to current COVID-19 related restrictions, we had a private burial March 23.


A public celebration is scheduled for 2 p.m. July 25, 2020 at Lingleville Baptist Church in Lingleville Texas.


In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that you kindly make a donation in assistance with funeral costs. All donations can be made on the GoFundMe link:


https://www.gofundme.com/f/john-dentons-funeral-expenses?sharetype=teams&member=4962600&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_na+share-sheet&rcid=3d8ae862ca7949b18d076fbafe1a5e37