Jan Joseph Shook (’61)

Dr. Jan J. Shook, 82, of Port Neches, Texas passed away Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family. Jan was born April 9, 1938 in Houston, Texas to Jessie Earl Shook, Sr. and Effie Agnes Giroir Shook. He was raised in Port Arthur, Texas and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School, Class of 1956. Jan was married to his sweetheart of 58 years, Gail Patin Shook who he met when she was in the eighth grade. Jan joined the Army right out of high school serving six months before he went into the Army Reserves. He continued his education at Lamar University studying chemistry and then attended the University of Houston Pharmacy School. Upon graduation, he worked for five years as a Pharmacist at Port Acres Pharmacy which he owned. At this time in his life, Jan decided to enter Medical School, he spent 3 years at the University of Texas-Medical Branch before serving his internship and residency at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. In 1971, he started his Family Practice in Port Neches and practiced for 44 years before his retirement in 2015. During his career, he worked at St. Mary Hospital, The Medical Center of Southeast Texas, and Mid-Jefferson Hospital where he served as Chief of Staff several times over the years. Jan spent a decade of his career as the plant Doctor for Motiva and also served as the Local Health Authority for the City of Port Neches from 1998 to 2015. Jan received many awards and accolades thru the years including Small Business Person of the Year. Visitation for family and friends will be held Saturday, May 9, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at Levingston Funeral Home in Port Neches with a graveside service to follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park with Reverend Shane Baxter officiating. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother, Jessie Earl Shook, Jr. Surviving relatives include his wife, Gail Shook of Port Neches, Texas; daughters, Dana Hasting and husband Morris of Katy, Texas, Kristin Sebright and husband Mark of Pearland, Texas; son, Jan Shook, Jr. and wife Karen of Cape Canaveral, Florida; brother, Dean Shook and wife Sandy of Richmond, Texas; 6 grandchildren, Jarret Shook and wife Elena, Ashley Shook, Morgan Hasting, Davis Hasting, Matt Sebright, and Katie Sebright; great granddaughter, Emma Shook. The family requests in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made to the Charity of Your Choice.

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