Family and friends said goodbye to a Texoma artist known for some of the iconic artwork in the area.
For the last five years, beloved Texoma artist Jack Stevens had been battling Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. He lost his battle passing away at the age of 84-years-old on Friday, May 3. His granddaughter Kayla Lalumia said her grandfather was a kind man and impacted a lot of people.
“He was an awesome guy,” Lalumia said. “He influenced everybody that met him people coming all over telling us how much of an impact he had on their life.”
Jack Stevens’ son Jim Stevens said he was always somebody he could count on.
“He was always showing me how to do things,” Jim Stevens said. “Just teaching me from this size all the way up. He was my go-to guy forever. I could sit here and tell you for about 10 hours stuff if you want me to. But it was just fun being his son.”
Besides being a great man, Jack Stevens was a well-known artist around this area. Jack Stevens opened his studio in 1970 and from there got to work on creating many recognizable sculptures throughout Texoma.
Some of Stevens’ work includes the Wee Chi Ta statue, a sunwatcher and bicyclist, as well as the mustangs prominently adorning the campus of Midwestern State University. Lalumia said Jack Stevens had a big impact on the growth of the art community in Wichita Falls.
“I think it was huge because his artwork was so real-life,” Lalumia said. “I mean it was looked just like whatever he was painting or whatever he was sculpting. It was just real. The mustangs at MSU—they look like they are running when you drive by and they’re just really impressive.”
Even though Stevens is gone, his family said his legacy will live on in the lives he’s touched as well as his art.
For those wanting to make a memorial contribution, those can be sent to Hospice of Wichita Falls.
Click here for more information on Hospice of Wichita Falls or call 940-691-0982.