Jerre Todd

Jerre R. Todd

Saturday, January 16th, 1932 - Friday, November 15th, 2019
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Arlington - Jerre R. Todd, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend to many, was called to heaven on November 15, 2019. He was 87.

Memorial Requiem Mass: Saturday, November 23, 10 am. St. Peter & St. Paul Anglican Church, 3900 Morris Ln., Arlington, Tx. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to The Dan Jenkins Journalism scholarship at TCU, St. Peter & St. Paul Church or Community Hospice.

Jerre was born January 16, 1932 in Fort Worth, Tx, to parents Hazel and Howard. He leaves behind a legacy of love and laughter for his large family to carry on, especially his wife Melba whom he adored in their 59 years of marriage.

Jerre was a graduate of Paschal High School and his beloved TCU (Journalism, 1957). He was a member of the famous “murderer’s row” sports writing staff at the Fort Worth Press, alongside his dear, lifetime friends Dan Jenkins, Blackie Sherrod, Bud Shrake and Gary Cartwright. He was also a proud U.S. Army veteran.
He and Melba made Arlington their home in Arlington in 1959 and he remained a champion in the Arlington and Fort Worth communities his entire adult life. Jerre never met a stranger. His charisma and wit were his trademark calling cards. His Super Bowl, July 4th and holiday office parties were legendary.

In 1965, he founded his advertising and public relations agency, Jerre R. Todd & Associates. Mr. Todd and his agency embodied the spirit of true advertising “Madmen” culture well before the TV lore. “Chiefie” loved his work and he built his agency into one of the best in Fort Worth. He was a masterful presenter and persuader. For 40 years, as the tournament’s public relations leader, he played a major role in helping the Colonial golf tournament to become known around the world. He also led the National Cutting Horse Association to introduce the sport internationally. Among others he represented included the Cotton Bowl, Six Flags, TCU Frog Club, Continental National Bank, the Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau, Miss Texas Pageant, Fort Worth Star-Telegram and he was the Ringling Brothers & Barnum Bailey Circus’ go-to publicist in DFW for years. Jerre was awarded the Fort Worth Ad Club Silver Medal Award and he held the distinction of being Accredited in Public Relations (APR) by the Public Relations Society of America.

There were many things Jerre taught or brought to his family. These included the Anglican (Episcopal) Church and faith, a strong work ethic, TCU and TCU athletics, tailgating, the Ad-PR business, the Colonial tournament, hunting, fishing and the great outdoors, golf, musicals, card games, the Big Dance basketball shenanigans, horse racing, his love of dogs and so much more.

Survivors: Wife Melba; children Susan White, Julie Poe, Brooks Todd (Jennifer) and Britt Todd (Julie); eight grandchildren Justin, Jennifer (Mark), Katie (Taylor), Jerod (Kristin), Lauren (Deshane), Ashley (Jordan), Lyndon and Jacqueline and four great grandchildren.

Wade Family Funeral Home
(817) 274-9233
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    Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 | 10:00am
    Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 10:00am
    St. Peter and St. Paul Anglican Church
    3900 Morris Lane
    ARLINGTON, TX 76016
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