Jesse Lewis Coody of Richardson, Texas went to his heavenly home on Friday, March 28, 2014 at the age of 45. He was born April 7, 1968 to Jim L. and Martha Jean (Bennett) Coody; into a long lineage of cattle ranchers in Alamagordo, New Mexico. His parents moved the family to Murphy, Texas in 1977 where he went on to graduate from Plano East Senior High School in 1986.
During his years at East, he excelled in athletics. He was a star running back on the football team and competed in bodybuilding and power lifting. He was most proud of being a part of the first Panther football team to beat their arch rivals the Plano Wildcats.
Following graduation Jesse went on to attend Texas Tech University where he continued to be involved in power lifting, ranking fifth in the nation. His dedication to body building also earned him the title of Mr. Texas Tech in 1988. Even after his competition days were over, Jesse continued to work out five days a week rarely missing a day at the gym.
While training and working at the recreational center at Texas Tech, he met a co-worker, Lisa Hale, whom he fell in love and married on May 13, 1989 in Lubbock. Lisa admits she was originally attracted to “all those muscles” but, what truly won her over was his tender heart. Jesse often wrote Lisa poems and love letters to express his love for her which will be forever cherished. Lisa describes Jesse as a presence, her best friend, and safe place. They were married just shy of 25 years.
After marrying, the couple moved to Jesse’s home town of Murphy where he finished his education. He graduated from The University of Texas at Dallas in 1991 with a Degree in Business. He went on to work for GEICO Insurance where he spent the next 20-plus years. As a dedicated manager, Jesse was known at GEICO for his team-building skills. He often motivated his team with crazy antics and rewards. After reaching one said goal, his team all took part in shaving his head. Another reward forced him to dress as a woman for the day, pantyhose and all. Beyond monetary rewards, Jesse strived to create lifelong memories.