Jerry Malzahn

Jerry Valentine Malzahn

Monday, September 30th, 1946 - Wednesday, June 12th, 2019
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Coppell, Texas – Jerry V. Malzahn, 72, of Coppell, TX, passed away, June 12, 2019. He was born September 30, 1946, in Stuttgart, AR to Arthur Gustav and Velma Leona (Rieger) Malzahn. Jerry graduated from Irving High School, class of 1964. After graduation, Jerry enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served as a Storekeeper Second Class during the Vietnam War. Following the war and his Honorable Discharge from the U.S. Navy, Jerry moved to Texas and enrolled in the University of North Texas where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management. With a love for nature and a passion for leadership, Jerry founded the Malzahn Landscape Company, which he owned and operated for over 40 years. It was during this time that Jerry met and married the love of his life, Lyla (Thompson) Malzahn, and they settled in Coppell, TX. Jerry and Lyla celebrated 37 years of marriage in April. In 1994, at the age of 48, Jerry began to devote himself to landscape painting. His work quickly captured the hearts and minds of people throughout the country. He specialized in Texas and Colorado landscapes; as he had spent decades vacationing in Colorado and fallen in love with its majestic mountain ranges. One of Jerry’s first paintings is of the United States Naval Academy courtyard, Tecumseh Court; the original is hanging in the U.S. Naval Academy Museum in Annapolis, MD. In 2008, Jerry was selected to represent Texas and create a Christmas ornament that was hung on the White House Christmas Tree; his design featured Texas Bluebonnets. Additionally, his work inspired Emmy Award winning composer, Charles Denler, to compose Suite No. 1~ Portrait of the Rocky Mountains~ An American Symphony. Jerry’s love for life, nature and adventure impacted the lives of those around him, made evident by the passion in which his daughter and grandsons embrace each day. He was an active member of his church and Texas community. Jerry was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and a beloved friend to everyone that knew him. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Arthur Gustav Malzahn, Jr. Surviving in addition to his wife, Lyla (Thompson) Malzahn, is his daughter, Franchesca, (Katie); two grandchildren, Asher and Connor Malzahn; mother and father in law, Harold and Joyce Thompson; three brothers in law, Steven Thompson, (Belinda); Tony Thompson, (Debbie); and Hal Thompson; three nieces, April McDaniel, Jayna Nichols and Troy Roper; four nephews, Gus Malzahn, Andy Thompson, Carmack Thompson, and John Steven Thompson; many extended family members. The family will receive friends beginning at 1:00 pm just prior to the funeral service to follow at 3:00 pm, Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Flower Mound Presbyterian Church, Flower Mound, TX. 1501 Flower Mound Road, Flower Mound, Texas 75028. Interment will be family only at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, with Full Military Honors. Those who wish to remember Jerry in a special way, please bask in the brilliance of life and nature at the top of a beloved mountain and think of the man who inspired us all, Jerry Malzahn.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, June 15th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Saturday, June 15th, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Flower Mound Presbyterian Church
    1501 Flower Mound Rd.
    FLOWER MOUND, TX 75028
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  • Service

    Saturday, June 15th, 2019 | 3:00pm
    Saturday, June 15th, 2019 3:00pm
    Flower Mound Presbyterian Church
    1501 Flower Mound Rd.
    FLOWER MOUND, TX 75028
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  • Interment

    Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery
    2000 Mountain Creek Parkway
    DALLAS, TX 75211
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    This is a private service for family only.


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Dietmar Zeidler

Posted at 10:45am

You were a true renaissance man. We love how you celebrated adventure and the outdoors. And how you played guitar and had a beautiful voice that carried over the alley to us on warm evenings. We marveled at your entrepreneurial spirit and how you started, ran, grew and sold a successful business. And, how almost overnight you became a renowned artist. Man, you could cook! Your tacos were off the charts, award worthy acts of love!
You were also a wonderful neighbor. We remember that you loved a good fire pit and sitting around it telling tales of your adventures. You know, you may have been the only neighbor who appreciated our fires. We loved to hear your stories, often self-deprecating and always funny. You appreciated the same cars as us, in fact, we seemed to follow each other in that appreciation and hobby.
You had a big heart perhaps that’s why your middle name was Valentine. You always had a kind word. You enjoyed the simple things – nature, family, food and friends - and had a BIG life. I think we all learned that from you.
Jerry, you were a great guy and we miss you dearly.

Ellen and Dietmar Zeidler

Bill and Belinda Wiginton

Posted at 12:09pm
Prayers to all the family. Bill and Belinda Wiginton
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Posted at 05:52pm
Jerry was a great guy and a great art appreciator, artist, and art collector. All of us at Southwest Gallery will miss his enthusiasm and passion.
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Gus and Kristi Malzahn

Posted at 04:10pm
We love you Lyla and Fran!
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Gus & Kristi, Kylie, Collin & Anderson, Kenzie & C

Posted at 04:00pm
We will miss you Uncle Jerry. You are forever our Happy Dealer!
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