Jefferey William Munn passed on at Methodist Mansfield General Hospital from Covid on July 20, 2020. He was born on December 12, 1973, in Dallas, Texas. As a boy, he played baseball, soccer, was a member of the cub scouts, practiced TAE Kwon-Do and played the saxophone. In his youth, he also loved Star Wars, Mr. Rogers, and Sesame Street. He would craft small clay figures, make comical drawings, and wrote gillions of lists of movies, singing groups, and SWC teams. In high school, he worked many hours at Glen Lakes, West End, and Lakewood movie theaters as a concession worker. Additionally, he worked as a Jr. Counselor at Camp Grady Spruce. His favorite music included Jazz and Rock groups. He loved to look up at the skyscrapers and always had an almanac handy to tell you the latest statistics. Jeff was an animal lover, from pet gerbils, dogs, and cats to many zoo and aquarium species. Jeff also loved to travel, he saw Big Bend and Bryce Canyon National Parks and many big cities across the U.S. and Canada. He had many friends, including neighbors, classmates, and work buddies. They will remember him for his dead-pan sense of humor, that kept them amused for hours.
Jeff attended South Plains College to study T.V. broadcasting and journalism, during his studies, he received hands-on studio SPC T.V. production experience. He played in the SPC theater production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. In 1998, while obtaining a bachelor's degree in Radio/Television/Film at the University of Texas Austin, he critiqued campus films and worked in different capacities on various independent film sets around Austin. He gained even more experience as a production/editing intern for Travis County Television 17 in Austin. During his time there, he learned about television camera operation, technical direction, AVID editing, and field production. Jeff's other work experience included wait/bar staff/customer service at the original Chuy's in Austin, as well as Austin's Spaghetti Warehouse and Mangia Pizza.
After college, he achieved the rank of 1st Dan Black Belt from the international TAE Kwon-Do Federation. He learned digital camera operation for wedding DVD production, he additionally became a volunteer for the Austin Parks and Recreation Department and the SXSW Film and Music Festival. Jeff was passionate about the environment and often sent letters to senators suggesting solutions for numerous environmental issues, such as, oil and gas production, opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and the National Aquatic Invasive Species Act for protecting U.S. waters. Jeff was also concerned about the Andean Free Trade Agreement for U.S. overseas trade, and campaign finance reform.
When Jeff became a father, qualities of loyalty, loving protection, companionship, and providing care became apparent. During these years, he worked tirelessly as a data analyst. These companies included Marsh Austin USA, Inc., and Data Data, Inc., both located in Austin; Intrado, Austin, Vixxi Solutions, housed in Irving; and Bank of America in Plano. There were numerous family trips to DFW and Florida to visit other family members, these usually fell around the holidays. Jeff dreamed of traveling to Europe and one day making a movie. He frequently listened to National Public Radio and was especially fond of the reporting on public issues and commentary. Jeff was also a proud member of the Texas Society of the Mayflower descendants.
Around 2009, Jeff began having vision and balance problems, this led to a diagnosis of progressive multiple sclerosis. The disease separated him from his beloved children and resulted in residence at nursing homes. He is survived by his children Oliver and Roberta Munn of South Bend, Indiana, his mother Ann Louise Munn of Dallas, Texas, his father and stepmother Bill (John William) Munn and Becky Munn of Arlington, Texas, his brother John Eric Munn (Amanda), his sisters Lisa Ann Munn, Amanda (Eric) Smith, and Addie Munn, as well as six nieces, all of whom reside in Texas.
Memorials may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, YMCA, Salvation Army, SPCA, or any environmental organization.
Thanks to hospice and Covid-19 nurses at the Pavillion at Creekwood nursing home in Mansfield, Texas, and the Neurology Department of UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.
A family memorial service will be held at Crown Hill Memorial Park in Dallas, Texas on Friday, July 23, 2021, at 10:30 A.M.
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