Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1936 RJC

Mellenger Jacoby CAPTAIN MELLENGER MAX JACOBY, 91, retired airline pilot, died on Jan. 18, 2008 at Hilltop Lakes, TX. Burial was in the Wealthy Cemetery near Normangee, TX. He was born on May 2, 1916 in Leon Creek, TX, to Max George and May Reeves Jacoby. As a youth of fourteen during the early 1930s he worked for a barnstormer and received his first airplane ride in a Ford Tri-motor. At that moment, his future career was decided, fixed and sealed--- FLYING! Mellenger was in the Class of 1936 at Ranger High School, Ranger, TX. He lettered four years, co- captain for one year on the Ranger Bulldogs football, basketball and track teams in the Oilbelt District. He was a member of the 1934 Champion Bulldog team which played in the first Sun Bowl at El Paso, TX. He served four years in Texas National Guard, and in the late thirties instructed flying and pioneered government sponsored CPT (Civilian Pilot Training) attached to the Ranger Junior and John Tarleton Colleges. During WWII, he spent 4 years as Flight Commander and Asst. Supervisor of Advanced Flight Training in the RAF and Air Force Training Command. After WWII, he served as charter member, in birthing of "Essair Airlines-later renamed Pioneer Airlines" headquarters in Houston and Dallas, Texas. The first Local Service Scheduled Airline approved by the Civil Aeronautics Board after the war. For ten years during 1945-1955 of their development, he served as Director of Flight Operation and Chief Pilot, also of the merged Continental-Pioneer Airlines. During the Vietnam War in addition to International operations in the Pacific, he spent 2 years in MAC (Military Air Command with USAF rank of Lt. Col) as service pilot hauling troops and cargo into Saigon, Okinawa, Korea, Bangkok, Japan and other bases in Vietnam, completed forty flights from bases in USA into Saigon during that period. He retired after 34 years of service for Continental Airlines. He was a past president of the Ranger Exes Association. He married Imogene Stafford, also of the RHS Class of 1936, in Granbury in July of 1936 and they had two sons. Later he married Mary Pearl Moffett and they had two sons and two daughters. They were married 43 years and lived in Ranger for a time. After she died of cancer, he married Mildred Houston in 1989. He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Eddie Jacoby (RHS-1957); sisters, Maxine Asher (RHS-1942), Clara Mae Watson (RHS-1952), Claudine Dyer (RHS-1937); and a brother, Douglas Jacoby (RHS-1949). Mellenger is survived by his wife, Mildred Houston Jacoby of Hilltop Lakes, TX; sons, Mac Jacoby (RHS-1960) of Sachse, TX, Richard Jacoby of Torrance, CA, Robert Jacoby of Cameron Park, CA, and two daughters; Susan Jacoby Coker of Fort Worth, TX, and Debby Jacoby Price of Sugar Land, TX; nine grandchildren, Michele Foust, Chandra Short, Chelsea Presley, Dane Price, Courtney Price, Lynda Chapman, Robbie Jacoby, Mary and Jason Jacoby; four great-grandchildren; one sister, LaVerne Jacoby (RHS-1940) of Hurst, TX; and numerous nephews, nieces and friends. WIFE: MILDRED HOUSTON JACOBY, 96, passed away on Oct. 10, 2013. She was born on May 13, 1917 in Reagan, TX. Burial was in the Wealthy Cemetery near Normangee, TX.