WIMBERLEY — Jackie Lynn Fisher, a 75-year-old Wimberley resident, died from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis on Friday, May 30, surrounded by family members. He was born April 30, 1939 in Jet, Okla. to Woodford Pascal Fisher and Dorothy Berneice Kelly Fisher.
After his family moved to Texas, Fisher graduated from Mexia High School in 1957 where he played cornet in the school’s Black Cat Band. Fisher married his high school sweetheart, Janice Thornton of Point Enterprise in Limestone County in 1959.
He attended Sam Houston State University, and then transferred to Arlington State College, now UT-Arlington, where he earned bachelor’s degrees in math and physics. Fisher began his career working at the Naval Air Missile Test Center in Point Mugu, Calif. in 1961. The following year, he accepted a position with NASA at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, later named the Johnson Space Center. Working in avionics and software development for NASA, Fisher witnessed history from the earliest U.S. manned space flights in the Mercury program through the International Space Station, construction of which started in 1998. He played an integral role in landing the first man on the moon in 1969.
Jackie and Janice Fisher raised their family in Seabrook and moved to Wimberley in 1998 following his retirement from NASA after 34 years.
In Wimberley, Fisher pursued hobbies that included genealogy, music and travel. A self-taught violinist, Fisher took lessons during retirement to improve his technique and played for eight years in Wimberley’s Starlight Symphony Orchestra, where he most recently held the position of first violinist. Several of Fisher’s grandchildren and a daughter-in-law took up violin-playing through his influence.
Fisher is survived by his wife, Janice Thornton Fisher, to whom he was married for 54 years, and by a daughter and two sons: Laura Armer and her husband, Barry; Kevin Fisher and his wife, Doreen; and Jonathan Fisher and his wife, Miki. He also leaves behind seven grandchildren: Justin Armer, Emma Armer, Kirby Fisher, Kyle Fisher, Lindsey Fisher, Sophia Fisher and Adrian Fisher.
Fisher is also survived by brother W.P. Fisher Jr.; sister Gladys Liles and her husband, George; sister Karan Plummer; sister Billie Hatfield and her husband, Gary; sister Dorothy Ordieres; sister-in-law Pat Fisher; sister-in-law Linda Thornton; sister-in-law BJ Mayeur and her husband, R.L.; sister-in-law Betty Tand and her husband, Kenneth; sister-in-law Carolyn Henry; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Jimmy Fisher.
A celebration of his life will be held on Tuesday, June 3, starting with visitation at 1 p.m. followed by services at 2 p.m. at Thomason Funeral Home, 14700 Ranch Road 12 in Wimberley.
Graveside services will be held 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 4 at the Point Enterprise Cemetery near Mexia. Honorary pallbearers are Adrian Fisher, Kyle Fisher, Justin Armer, Barry Armer and Stewart Allen.
Memorial donations can be made in Fisher’s memory to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation or to the Starlight Symphony Orchestra, P.O. Box 171, Wimberley, Texas 78676.