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Rodney Lee

May 8, 1935 — May 1, 2016

Rodney Mitchell Lee, a member of Antelope Springs legendary pioneering ranching family, passed away on Sunday, May 1st. 2016 at his home in the Davis Mountain Resort. He was 80.

A memorial service with military honors will be held at Noon on Saturday, May 7th, 2016 at the First United Methodist Church in Marfa, Texas, with Reverend Clark Nussbaum of Alpine, Texas officiating.

Rodney Mitchell Lee was born on May 8th, 1935 to Claude Franklin Lee and Marinell Mitchell Lee in Marfa, Texas. He grew up on the Antelope Springs Ranch in Presidio County where he spent many hours working the ranch. Upon graduating from Marfa High School, Rod attended Texas Tech University and graduated in 1957 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. Upon graduation, Rod was commissioned into the United States Air Force as a Second Lieutenant.

While stationed in Mobile, Alabama, Rod met and married the love of his life, Jean Rozier, on May 27th, 1961. Rod and Jean moved back to West Texas in 2000. He was a man of integrity and honesty who was well respected.

Rod loved history, and especially World War II history, as well as learning about his family's roots. He spent countless road trips traveling the eastern United States visiting Civil War monuments. He loved to travel and he loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. He was quite the handy man, and loved assisting his family with their own projects; he also loved grilling for his family and friends. Upon the death of his wife, Rod took up golf and joined the Marfa Golf Club.

Rod is preceded in death by his wife Jean Rozier Lee; his parents Claude Franklin Lee and Marinell Mitchell Lee; one brother, Thomas Claude Lee; and his grandparents Thomas Crawford "TC" Mitchell and Mamie Stone Mitchell.

He is survived by his daughters; Lieutenant Colonel Tami Kobold and her husband Lieutenant Mike Kobold (United States Air Force, Retired) of Gardnerville, Nevada; Sherri Shaw and her husband Tom Shaw of Abilene, Texas; his son Mike Lee of Brunswick, Georgia; and six grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the Lee family asks that donations be made to the Methodist Children's Home, 1111 Herring Avenue, Waco, Texas 76708, as well as via telephone at (800) 853-1272 or online at: If making a donation, please designate the gift in memory of Rodney Mitchell Lee.

The Lee family has entrusted Alpine Memorial Funeral Home with funeral arrangements.

Online condolences may be made at:


Memorial Service

First United Methodist Church
108 W. Washingon St.
Marfa, TX  79843
Saturday, May 7, 2016
12:00 p.m.

Memorial Contributions

Methodist Children's Home
1111 Herring Avenue
Waco, TX  76708

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