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M.J. Wootan
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 • Posted December 11, 2013

M.J. Wootan was born on July 5, 1925, in Field Creek, Texas, and passed with dignity on December 5, 2013.

He proudly served our country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. M.J. was a purpose driven businessman with courage and integrity. His active involvement in agribusiness and land development established him as a pioneer in his community. M.J. was instrumental in founding Llano National Bank and served on the Board of Directors. In 2010 he received the honorary Hall of Fame Award for Llano County.

He was a beloved husband, proud father, loyal friend, mentor and a cherished Papa J. Much time was enjoyed hunting and fishing with his dear departed, childhood friend and life long business partner Fay Miller. His life of eighty-eight years touched many hearts with love, humor, admiration and respect.

Preceded in death by: Parents; Joseph and Lula Wootan, brothers; Jack and Rex Wootan, sister Fay Owens and the mother of his sons; Peggy Knatcher Wootan

He is survived by: wife Edna Wootan, sons; Billy Wootan and wife Addie, Terry Wootan and wife Karen

Grandchildren; Chad Wootan and wife Darla, Jason Wootan and wife Megan, William Wootan, Sarah Goodson and husband Keith.

Great grandchildren; Blaine, Kalen, Kennedy, Payton, Seth, Tyler, Emma, Alex and Addlyn.

Close Extended Family; Roger Beasley, Nelda Dukes, Kay Bilrouth and Shirley Wootan

Edna’s loving daughters; Mitzi Salmon, Alexus (Wren) Raney, Le Robinson and Kuri (T) Johnson

Pall Bearers; Chad Wootan, Jason Wootan, William Wootan, Keith Goodson, Roger Beasley, Frosty Miller, Marc Miller and David Willman

Honorary Pall Bearers; John Buttery, William Buttery, Jimmie Stewart, Jimmy Hoerster, Dick Hoerster, Dr. Steve Hoerster, Steve Haverlah and George Rogers.

Visitation was Friday December 6, 2013, from 5 to 7 P.M. at Waldrope Hatfield-Hawthorne Chapel.

Funeral services were Saturday, December 7, 2013, at 2:00 P.M. at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Chapel.

Memorials can be made to the Special Opportunities School or to Hope Haus in Llano, Texas.

Funeral arrangements made under the direction of Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Homes, Inc. Llano, Texas. E-mail condolences may be sent to

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