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J.R. DeMers, Jr., of Byers


J.R. DeMers, 57, of Byers, passed away on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014.

J.R. DeMers, Jr.

J.R. DeMers, Jr.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Monday, Dec. 15, at the Davis Funeral Home Chapel in Henrietta with Rev. James Keenum, pastor of the Assembly of God Church in Byers. Burial will in the Petrolia Cemetery under the direction of Davis Funeral Home.

Mr. DeMers was born Feb. 26, 1957 in Anchorage, Ak., to Dwight D. and Edna (Rutledge) DeMers, Sr. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Petrolia, and married Donna Williamson on Dec. 9, 1977 in Wichita Falls. Mr. DeMers was the owner of Poor Boy Well Service and had more than 35 years of onshore and offshore drilling experience. This includes work in the Cook inlet of Alaska, the Black Warrior basin in Mississippi, the Atchafalaya basin in Southern Louisiana, the Gulf Coast of Texas, the Austin Chalk on the Llano uplift, the Mak Tar region and the Cap Bon Peninsula, in Tunisia, the Anadarko basin in Oklahoma, the Barnett Shale in the Fort Worth basin and the Muenster Arch on the Red River Uplift in Southern Oklahoma and North Texas. Mr. DeMers had drilled more than 200 wells ranging in depth from 400 feet to 16,000 feet in depth. He has owned DeMers Drilling and Derrick Well Service and DeMers Oil Production and has been an oil producer in Texas and Oklahoma for more than 30 years. He is the former President of Springfield Overseas Inc. and Springfield Resources, Inc. and he also served as Vice President of Springfield Oil Services Inc. Mr. DeMers was the first independent oil producer to negotiate permit areas and drill wells in the country of Tunisia. He was an Eagle Scout and Scout Leader. Mr. DeMers also supported 4-H and the Clay County fire departments and served on the Clay County Memorial Hospital Board from 1989-1991.

Mr. DeMers was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Derrick Don DeMers; and one brother, Eddie Koontz.

Survivors include his wife Donna DeMers of Byers; son, Dwight DeMers III and wife Brandy of Burkburnett; one sister, Darla York of Burkburnett; one brother, Gary Adams and wife JoLynn of Wichita Falls; and four grandchildren.

The family will be at Davis Funeral Home on Sunday from 5:30-7 p.m.

Memorials can be made to Hospice of Wichita Falls, P.O. Box 4804, Wichita Falls, Texas 76308.


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