John Frank DeVito passed away peacefully in Hickory, North Carolina on December 2, 2017, after fighting a courageous battle with pulmonary fibrosis. He is now rejoicing with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. John was born on October 9, 1934 in Utica, New York, the son of Mariano and Carmela DeVito. John proudly served in the United States Army for two years during the late 1950s. He lived in upstate New York until 1977 when he and his young family relocated to the Dallas, Texas area where he lived until 2015. John attended Niagara University, where he received a Bachelor of Business Degree. He began his business career with General Electric, and later joined General Dynamics and Xerox Corporation, both of Rochester, New York. John was associated with the Oliver Wight business education and consulting firm for more than ten years and finished his corporate career in Frisco, Texas with Electronics Data Systems before consulting privately prior to his retirement.
While attending Niagara University, John served as the sports editor for the university paper, there discovering and developing his love of writing. Throughout his life and well into his retirement, he enjoyed sports commentary, participating almost daily in conversations on message boards for both the Dallas Mavericks and Dallas Cowboys. He solved many of both team's problems, and they never even knew it. John deeply enjoyed food, music and culture, but most importantly, he truly loved people. He never met a person he did not enjoy talking with, and he gave generously of himself to support and encourage his family, his friends, and his church. He was proud to serve as Head Deacon at the First Christian Church of Gainesville, TX before his illness, where he proudly assisted in redeveloping the Souper Bowl Sunday charity event, the seniors program, and the youth program. He often stated that God had blessed him with His grace and with a wonderful family and many good friends. As his family members often say, he was a truly great man and was the epitome of a life well-lived.
John leaves behind his beloved wife of more than 53 years, Jean Francis Sick, whom he married in Rochester, New York in 1964. They raised two accomplished and beloved daughters: Jennifer DeVito Stephens of Hickory, North Carolina and Jolene DeVito Yarbrough of Carrollton, Texas. John also leaves his respected and beloved sons-in-law, Kevin Stephens and Russell Yarbrough as well as six precious grandchildren: Brooke, Cooper, Ben and Sam Stephens and Carson and Avery Yarbrough. John was preceded in death by his parents Mariano and Carmela DeVito, and by his brother Robert DeVito. He will be dearly missed by his beloved sister Angela Wadas and brother-in-law, Richard Wadas. John also leaves behind thirteen beloved nieces and nephews.
A local memorial service for Dallas-area family and friends will be held at Bent Tree Bible Fellowship, 4141 International Pkwy in Carrollton, on Monday, December 11 at 3 p.m. His funeral will then follow in Hickory, North Carolina on Friday, December 15 at 4 p.m. at Corinth Reformed Church.
Published on December 6, 2017