Louis Jefferson Whitaker

Louis Jefferson Whitaker, 91, of Santa Fe, TX, passed away on January 11, 2021 at HCA Healthcare Mainland. Born April 26, 1929 in Appleby, TX. He was the son of the late Hal and Paula Hartt Whitaker.

Mr. Whitaker served in the United States Army and upon his return to Texas, worked as a heavy equipment operator for Amoco Oil, until his retirement in 1991. He was passionate about horses, cattle, and rodeos. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and encouraged them to share these passions with him. He always had a story to share with anyone who would listen.

He was preceded in death by his brother Hal Whitaker, sister, Barbara June Whitaker Oliver, daughter, Karen Whitaker Unger (husband Jimmy Unger) and great-grandson Hunter Lee Butler (son of John and Cindy Butler).

Mr. Whitaker is survived by the love of his life, Mary Margaret (Peggy) Connor Whitaker, that he has been married to for 72 years, his children, Kathy Whitaker Martin, Mike Whitaker, Jay Whitaker, all of Santa Fe, TX and his youngest daughter, Mary Ann Whitaker Jones of Hitchcock, TX. He is also survived by his 7 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, Scott Martin and wife Laura, kids Kara, Ryan, Cole and Bret of Santa Fe, TX. Jimmy Unger and wife Lisa, kids Madison and Kennedy of Lake Jackson, TX. Brent Martin of League City, TX. Cindy Unger Butler and husband John, kids Taylor Butler Delfa and husband Ray (North Port, FL) and Justin of Horseshoe Bay, TX. Julie Unger of Santa Fe, TX. Michelle Whitaker Bland and husband Craig, kids Tyler, Laney, Sydney and Garrett of Santa Fe, TX. Amy Whitaker Boman and husband Ronny, kids Nathan and Carter of Santa Fe, TX.

In his honor, a visitation will be held 5:00 – 7:00 PM, Thursday, January 21, 2021, Crowder Funeral Home Chapel Dickinson, with graveside services 11:00 AM, Friday, January 22, 2021, at Hayes Grace Memorial Park, Hitchcock.


  1. So very sorry to hear of his passing. Have a lot of fond memories from our salt grass days. My deepest sympathies to all his family. He was truly one of a kind. My family and I still use some of his east Texas sayings. He had some good ones.

    Evelynn Bockel
  2. My deepest condolences to Ms. Peggy and all of her family for the loss of Louis.
    He was one of the nicest n I ever met and always a pleasure to talk with. Mrs. Peggy is of the same nature and we love her dearly.
    My prayerswill be for the entire family and I ask God to give them the strength they may need to get through this. God bless you all. With love and prayers.

    Thelma A. Moser
  3. Grieve as we must at this time. It is reminiscing of fonder times that heel the heart. Either u fir it or agin it! Rest In Peace old friend.

    Frank Lamanoco
  4. I was so very sad to hear of the loss of Louis. He was a very friendly and funny man and I always enjoyed the times I had to talk with him and hear his stories. I will very much miss his presence. Mary truly was the love of his life.
    My prayers for his family to get through this difficult time.

    Julie Griswold
  5. He will be missed by a lot of people. my condolences to his family especially his wife

    John Symmank
  6. Sending sympathy to Peggy and the family in the loss of Louis. Ted enjoyed his domino association with him over many years. We pray for comfort and peace.

    We send our sympathy to Peggy and the family in the loss of Louis. He was a kind man and Ted enjoyed his domino association with him over many years. We pray for comfort and peace for all who will miss him.

    Ted and Millie Edwards
  7. I will always remember him as he and his family were such a major part of our family. I remember the trail rides and the fun we all had! Oh those sweet precious memories! When I was younger I used to tell him he reminded me of Jimmy Dean and he would laugh and say he wished he had the money that he had. Thank you Louis for being there for our family when we needed you. My heart and my love goes out to Peggy now and I will pray for her and your family.

    Pam Stavely
  8. My condolences to Ms. Peggy and all of her family. We were very sad to hear of his passing. We loved Paw Paw Whitaker. He and his wife Mrs. Peggy took care of me and my brother when were kids. Some of the best people you’ll find. I always remember paw paw and his horses. He had such a friendly and playful personality. I would run into them every now and then at El Sombrero and he still had the smile and charm that I remembered as a kid. Rest in peace Paw Paw. We will be praying for Mrs. Peggy and his family and friends.

    Ashley Butler Wilson
  9. So sorry to hear of Louis
    Whittaker passing…..
    I have fond memories back years ago
    working cattle with Louis when we were
    pasturing cattle at the Kiddo Tacquard
    Ranch ….
    Prayers to the family and our condolences .

    Gilbert & Kathy Gustafson

    Gilbert Gustafson
  10. Sending our love and prayers to the family.
    Mr. Whitaker was a very sweet man, we enjoyed visiting with him and listening to all his stories.

    Wade and Margaret Hunt
  11. Our heart is sad for passing of our beloved friend we will always have good memories of our time we spent together riding horses and just hanging out. Our Condolences to all the family. You will be deeply miss

    Dave and Kim Allison

    Kim Allison
  12. I still can’t believe that your gone ,I will miss hearing all of your stories of your and Peggy life together. All your adventures with your cattle drives that you loved so much . I definitely miss your breakfast you would make and always made me eat 3 pancakes even when I said 2 was enough, you always treated me like family and I will never forget it . I thought of you both as my grandparents too , you will be missed , Love always 🙏🏼🙏🏼 Peggy I will see you soon I miss you

    Marylou Bautista
  13. Sincere condolences to Peggy and family. Louis will truly be missed by our family as well as many others. Love to you Peggy.

    The Glidden Family – Weldon, Lori, Jake and Jared

    Lori Glidden

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