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Johnny Corbett
  • St. Philip's School
    302 W Church St.
    El Campo, TX 77437
  • St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church
    304 W Church St
    El Campo, TX 77437

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“I remember mr. Corbett as santa clause. I really enjoyed going to see him ever year. he left a great impression on me. everyone will miss you...Read More »
1 of 40 | Posted by: Lancel - richmond, TX - friend

“I worked with Johnny at Dunbar Foods in 1970 while attending WCJC where I met Diane. Johnny was great to work with, left a lasting impression on me....Read More »
2 of 40 | Posted by: Donna Kutac Janak - Lake Jackson, TX

“Mr. Corbett will be truly missed as he was a jolly good fellow. We all loved him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of sorrow. May...Read More »
3 of 40 | Posted by: Tommy & Monica Bram - El Campo, TX

“Blessings to all the family of Mr. Corbett, may you be comforted by all the wonderful stories and memories that have been shared. Johnny was always...Read More »
4 of 40 | Posted by: Diana Zabodyn - El Campo, TX

“There was no kinder human being than Johnny Corbett, and he will be so greatly missed by all who knew him. I always looked forward to seeing him...Read More »
5 of 40 | Posted by: Annelle Collins Hajovsky - TX

“I will miss Mr. Corbett ... his laugh, his friendliness Especially around the Christmas holidays... where he was "Santa" Not sure anyone can fill...Read More »
6 of 40 | Posted by: Kenneth Bard - Pflugerville, TX

“Mr. Corbett, as my 5 children called him, was a jovial, friendly,loving man. I treasure his memory as he was the only Santa we knew. His picture is...Read More »
7 of 40 | Posted by: Tana & Charles King - TX

“Mary Kay & Ronnie - My thoughts are with you and your family. May light perpetual shine upon his sould and all those who have gone before him and...Read More »
8 of 40 | Posted by: Delbert W. Palmer - Washington, DC

“Johnny and Mrs. Corbett lived behind Tana, myself and 5 children. What a great neighbor and a friend to all the little people in El Campo for many...Read More »
9 of 40 | Posted by: Charles - Corinth, TX - Friend

“El Campo has lost an icon while Heaven has gained another jovial Santa. On numerous visits to my old home town I often come in contact with Johnny....Read More »
10 of 40 | Posted by: Marilyn Guidry - Austin, TX

“The El Campo community has lost one of the great ones. What a total "Citizen" and genuinely good man. My sincere condolences to his family. Brad...Read More »
11 of 40 | Posted by: Chris Frederickson - Houston, TX

“Claudia, Richard, Mary Kay and Ron, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Mr. Corbett (Johnny) was a wonderful person and will be...Read More »
12 of 40 | Posted by: Ricky Rohde - Charleston, SC

“So many special memories of Mr. Corbett...from letting my kindergarten class tour Daylight Donuts, a very faithful Santa for Myatt and Hutchins...Read More »
13 of 40 | Posted by: Laura Pustejovsky - El Campo, TX

“What a sad day it was when we moved from El Campo and no longer had the wonderful pigs in a blanket to look forward to each weekend. Mr. Corbett...Read More »
14 of 40 | Posted by: Judy Glueck and Family - Canyon, TX

“The twinkle in his bright shining eyes has become the twinkle of a bright shining star in heaven. "Thank you so much, Johnny. You did real good...Read More »
15 of 40 | Posted by: Ceci Triska

“My sincere sympathy is with the entire family of Johnny, He was a wonderful Christian man who lived life with humor and kindness. My niece and I...Read More »
16 of 40 | Posted by: Dorothy Baros - El Campo, TX

“Randy and I send loving thoughts to you and your family. You are in our prayers.. ”
17 of 40 | Posted by: Beveerly Johnson Cline - TX

“I know that Wayne and Johnny will be running the fire department in heaven. Lot's of love to the family. Shirley ”
18 of 40 | Posted by: Shirley Popp - Louise, TX

“To Diane and Family, and Mary Kay and Family, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. May your Dad rest in peace. ...Read More »
19 of 40 | Posted by: Nancy Mach Brooks and Arnold Mach - TX

“Diane, I am so sorry for you and your family's loss. They will allways be with you in spirit. I pray for all of your family. God Bless ”
20 of 40 | Posted by: Gary Hensley - Houston, TX

“To all the Corbetts my deepest sympathy. I loved Johnny and remember all the years I'd known him. He was a great guy and I know you will all miss him...Read More »
21 of 40 | Posted by: Judy Haynes Bures - Santa Rosa, CA

“Our deepest sympathy is extended to all family members. We will miss Uncle John's laughter and smile. He was always a favorite! ”
22 of 40 | Posted by: Donna (Cranek) Straily - Choctaw, OK

“Oh I am so very sad to hear that the real Santa has gone to heaven. I can still hear that hearty laugh and remember all the fun times and teasing...Read More »
23 of 40 | Posted by: Leslie Hansen Schroder - TX

“Had a great time with Mr. Corbett one day long ago (1971 I think). When he owned the A.J.Foyt Kawasaki dealership he and I drove to Houston to pick...Read More »
24 of 40 | Posted by: Coy Ramsey - Houston via Garwood, TX

“Bill and I are very saddened to hear of Johnny's death and your loss. We have many great memories, too many to name, of that nice, caring, loving...Read More »
25 of 40 | Posted by: Gloria and Bill Dowden - LA

“The wonderful memories I have of Mr. Corbett aka Santa will live on in all of our hearts. My prayers are with his family and friends who will miss...Read More »
26 of 40 | Posted by: Jill Thigpen Hudgins - Wharton, TX

“Our thoughts and prayers go to Johnny Corbett’s family and friends. He was a very talented and giving man. He was an exceptional entertainer as...Read More »
27 of 40 | Posted by: Frank & Billie Becak, and Rainbow the Clown - TX

“Dear Diana and family, My prayers are with you and your family today as you say good bye to your daddy. I will always remember your dad as a...Read More »
28 of 40 | Posted by: Catherine (Butcie) Dettling Vacek - TX

“On a night not so long ago, when Brad was glowing in the dark, Paw-Paw put his hairy forearms on my face. I Loved that man and he was one of the...Read More »
29 of 40 | Posted by: Kevin Marks - New Braunfels, TX

“Our deepest sympathy goes out to you at this very sorrowful time. Our entire family knew and loved Johnny for many years. He was a good Christian...Read More »
30 of 40 | Posted by: Carol Wied - El Campo, TX

“A great man and friend to all. He will be missed. God Bless the family. My prayers are with you. ”
31 of 40 | Posted by: Robert Anderson - Elcampo, TX

“Johnny was one of the most warm and caring people I have known. He always had a smile and greeting for everyone he came in contact with. The fire...Read More »
32 of 40 | Posted by: Kathleen Appling - Ingram , TX

“Our community has lost a wonderful man and a friend to many. He touched many lives and was truly one of a kind. Oh the stories that will be shared...Read More »
33 of 40 | Posted by: Vicki Roberts - El Campo, TX

“Johnny has touched my life and the lives of my children and made us better people by knowing him. You will be greatly missed. Rest in peace Saint Nick ”
34 of 40 | Posted by: Bobby Popp family - Louise, TX

“Ken and I were so sorry to hear the sad news tonight. Johnny was such a caring person and will always be missed. I will always remember his smile...Read More »
35 of 40 | Posted by: Linda Kram - El Campo, TX

“Love you and miss you PawPaw! I am proud to have been your first grandchild and the first to call you PawPaw : ) Thank you for all the many years of...Read More »
36 of 40 | Posted by: Christy Bard - New Braunfels, TX

“"Johnny" was Santa for both of our kids growing up. He always had a smile on his face and you just felt better being around him. Earth will miss him...Read More »
37 of 40 | Posted by: Dawn & Duane Schroedter - TX

“Our deepest sympathy to the family, Johnny left behind so many fond memories for me and my family when he owned daylight donuts, thanks Johnny for...Read More »
38 of 40 | Posted by: The Wayne King Family - El campo, TX

“Our deepest sympathy on the death of this wonderful man. He will always be a memory to all the children that he had sit on his lap as "Santa Claus" ...Read More »
39 of 40 | Posted by: Elaine and Chuck Cook - Lawton, OK

“Mr. Corbett will truly be missed. There is no other Santa around to compare to my favorite Santa ever. He has always mint a lot to me, I wish my kids...Read More »
40 of 40 | Posted by: Brenda (Witcher) Strelec - Edna, TX


John B. Corbett, fondly known as "Johnny", of El Campo passed away on February 7, 2013 at the age of 85. He was born on April 13, 1927 to the late Lloyd, Sr. and Maude O'Brian Corbett in Louisville, Kentucky. He owned and operated the Duckblind Restaurant and Day Light Donut Shop. John was a Veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and served in World War II. He was a member of the American Legion for 59 years, serving at many funerals in the honor guard, retired member of the El Campo Volunteer Fire Dept. of 33 years where he had served as vice-president, was a 26 year member of the Rotary Club of El Campo, a charter member of the Knights of Columbus 249 where had served as past Grand Knight and District Deputy, and member of the Fourth Degree KC's. He was active for many years with Boy Scouts and had received the Silver Beaver Award. In 1996, Johnnie Corbett was recognized by the El Campo Chamber of Commerce as the Citizen of the year for his many years of community service.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Betty Gramer Corbett; daughters Diane Bard and husband Wayne, Mary Kay Price and husband Ron, and Claudia Raun and husband Richard, all of El Campo; son Brad Corbett of Austin; grandchildren Christy and Katie Bard, Shawn Bard and wife LaTisha, Scott Price and wife Lindsey, Nathan Raun and wife Leslie, Truitt Raun and wife Theresa, and Madsen Raun and fiancée Hannah Haedge; six great-grandchildren; brother James C. Corbett of Ft. Worth; sisters Mary Frances Buettgen of Mt. Prospect, IL, and Patricia C. Fowler of Houston.

He was preceded in death by his parents, great-granddaughter Faith Bard, and brother Lloyd Corbett, Jr.

Visitation will be 1 pm – 4 pm Sunday at St. Philip Catholic Church with a KC Rosary being recited at 2 pm. Funeral Mass will be 10 am Monday, February 11, 2013, at St. Philip the Apostle with Rev. Gary Janak officiating and Rev. Albert Yankey, Rev. Frank Lenz and Rev. Michael Lyons con-celebrating. Graveside services will follow at Holy Cross Mausoleum with Military Honors under the auspices of the American Legion.

Donations in memory John Corbett may be made to St. Philip School, St. Philip Church or to the civic organization of choice.