Preston Penn was born October 17, 1930 in Kiowa County, Oklahoma. He was the youngest of six children. He was always in trouble as a youth, in or out of school which he attended in Lamesa, Texas.
In 1945, when the war was raging in Japan, he lied about his age so he could enlist in the Army. Apparently he took his troubles with him, and his officers told him to direct all his anger toward something positive, so he became a member of the Golden Gloves Boxing Team and did very well. He served his country in Japan, Korea and Vietnam.
After retiring from a military career, he worked for the state department. During his free time he wrote and recorded songs, which were bit parts in movies. He also owned a restaurant.
In 1968 he met and married Martha, his wife of forty years, and moved to San Antonio, Texas. In San Antonio, he went to work for Zachary Company as one of Zachary’s vice-presidents.
Over the span of his life he has been a boxer, sportsman, construction worker, restaurateur, song writer and recording artist, actor, author and publisher, but his favorite of all was being a fine horseman and breeder of Quarter horses.
He and his wife moved to Wimberley, Texas in the early 70’s and raised rabbits for almost thirty years and Quarter horses for twenty-nine years.
Preston is survived by his wife, Martha; son, Lloyd Penn of Austin, Texas; daughter, Dixie Grover of Jarrell, Texas; and two sisters, Barbara McPike of Quincy, Illinois and Irene Wilcox of Point Blank, Texas.
Preston went to be with our Lord the morning of March 18, 2009 after suffering severe complications from emphysema.