Robert Jess Claiborne

(June 10, 1947 – August 2, 2020)

Robert Jess Claiborne, 73, passed away August 1, 2020 in Alto, New Mexico. He is preceded in death by his parents, Jesse Mae Wood and J.B. Claiborne of Lamesa, Texas. Jess was born in Haskell, Texas. He attended Texas Christian University, played four years on the TCU golf team and went to the NCAA National Championship before going professional.

He worked in the grocery business, was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church in Lamesa, helped design a golf course in Horseshoe Bay, Texas, and was to be named board member of The Jockey Club on August 2, 2020.

Jess is survived by his wife of 50 years, Carolyn Claiborne; his daughter, Jessica Claiborne Bade, and her husband, Randy Bade, of New Braunfels, Texas; his son, Robert Justin Claiborne, and his wife, Kim Azar Claiborne, of Alpine, Texas; along with his grandchildren, Jackson Giles Bade, Robert Cole Claiborne, Ava Aneica Shepperd and John Ben Shepperd. Also survived by his brother, Jay Wood Claiborne, and his wife, Zela Claiborne, of Berkley, California, and their children, Jason and Gavin Claiborne.


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