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Denny Proffitt

September 4, 1936 — October 8, 2019

Iredell, Texas

Denny Proffitt, 83, of Iredell, Texas passed away at Baylor Scott and White All Saints hospital on Tuesday, October 8, 2019.

Memorial funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, November 2, 2019, at the Iredell High School gymnasium.  Rev. Robyn Young will officiate. The Iredell Masonic Lodge will conduct Masonic Rites.

On September 4, 1936, a son, Denny Harold Proffitt, was born to Raymond Hall and Ruby Appleby Proffitt in Carlton, Texas.  Denny was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Iredell for over 50 years.  He served in the U. S. Coast Guard and served as a Peace Officer.

Proffitt served in the United States Coast Guard from February 20, 1955 until February 19, 1964.  Proffitt served at many Ports.  Those among his favorites included Galveston, Texas and Corpus Christi, Texas.  After his service, he shared his love for the sea by spending many vacations in Galveston with his family.

On September 23, 1962, Denny married Janis Gustafson in Fort Worth, Texas.  The couple resided in Hurst, Texas where he was employed as a Security Guard with Bell Helicopter before being recruited by the Fort Worth Police Department.  The couple moved their family to Iredell, Texas in 1969.  In 1973, Proffitt opened the Proffitt Feed Mill in Iredell before returning to his law enforcement career in 1976.  During his years in Iredell he served in many capacities.  He served as City Mayor and Justice of the Peace.  He also served on the Iredell Volunteer Fire Department and served as Chief for a period of time, and was also a member of the Iredell PTA .

Proffitt spent many years Protecting and Serving the communities as a Peace Office.  Departments he served included Fort Worth PD, Abilene PD, and Tarrant County Sheriff Office.  Proffitt served as Chief Deputy Sheriff of Bosque County before becoming Bosque County Sheriff.  Proffitt was appointed as Bosque County Sheriff on July 21, 1984.  Proffitt ran for Sheriff on November 6, 1984 and again on November 8, 1988 and was elected for 2 consecutive terms.  After his retirement from Law Enforcement, Proffitt served as Chief of Security for Burns Security at Comanche Peak Electric Station in Glen Rose, Texas.  Proffitt later retired to his home in Iredell.

Proffitt was a past member of the Iredell Eastern Star Chapter along with his wife.  They were members of the Iredell chapter for many years and served as Worthy Patron and Worthy Matron together for a term.  He was a past member of the Karem Temple Shriners of Waco, Texas.  He was a member of the Masonic Lodge for over 50 years.  He held many offices with the Masons including: Jr. Steward, Jr. Deacon, Sr. Deacon, Jr. Warden, Sr. Warden, Secretary, and Chaplain.  He also served as Worshipful Master for 3 terms.  Proffitt also received the honor of serving as District Deputy Grand Master, District 68 from 2010-2011.  Proffitt received his 50 years service award on August 6, 2012 and Golden Trowel Award on January, 2013.

Mr. Proffitt is survived by his wife of 57 years, Janis Proffitt, of Iredell; daughter Denise and husband, Dr. Wallace Glab, of Lubbock, son Doug Proffitt and wife, Jill, of Belton, son Rod Proffitt and wife, April, of Stephenville, daughter Donna and husband, Steve Rhodes, of Carolina Beach, NC, son Cole Proffitt and wife, Rita, of Iredell, and daughter Sandy and husband, Jerry Pyburn, of Iredell.  Sisters:  Glenda Ann Sund, Linda Cipri, and Diana Martin of Colorado; 19 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, in-laws, and numerous nieces and nephews.  Mr. Proffitt was preceded in death by his parents Raymond Hall Proffitt and Ruby Appleby Toban; sister Patsy Proffitt; brothers, Bobby Proffitt and Raymond H. "Junie" Proffitt, Jr.

Denny Proffitt was a pillar of the community and a great provider and leader for his family and community.  He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Messages of comfort and peace may be sent to the Proffitt family at

Service arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home, Meridian, Texas 254-435-2792

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Memorial Service

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Starts at 2:00 pm (Central time)

Iredell High School

, Iredell, TX 76649

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