Parker County Today April 2017 - Page 15

C ourageous M om — JAN LYNCH The Matriarch BY MARSHA BROWN O n a breezy California morning in 1958, 18-year-old Jan Lynch piled empty Coca- Cola bottles in a paper grocery sack. Balancing the bag of clinking bottles on her hip, she took her toddler by the hand. The pair walked eight blocks from their tiny apartment to a corner store. With a handful of change earned from selling the bottles, she bought Tootsie Rolls. Her little boy’s face lit up when presented with the treats. She smiled along with him, pushing away worries of how a high school drop-out could ever afford to give her son more. “I married at 15 and it wasn’t long before I felt like my decisions had messed up my life forever. But, as it turned out, this was the beginning of finding my true strengths and a fierce determina- tion within me. I came back to Texas, and took a job as a bookkeeper for a bank. But, I made more money at my second job as a waitress at a nice restaurant,” Jan said. It was 1962, and the last thing Jan Lynch was interested in was getting involved with another man. But, she hadn’t counted on the good looks, charm, and kindness of Roy Lynch. For his part, Roy claimed he loved her from the moment he set eyes on the petite, blonde beauty decked out in a red dress. “After a whirlwind six-month courtship, we were married. Roy always supported me and my desire to be a business leader,” says Jan. “Plus, his experience over the years in construction and selling residential real estate helped me under- stand how to be successful.” The young couple began their lifelong part- nership with a move to a mobile home on his mother’s land near Lubbock. Working at a variety of jobs, Jan and Roy supported themselves and two children, plus a new baby. After three years on the high plains, the couple believed a larger city offered more options for a better life. They moved back to Fort Worth, with Roy landing an assembly line job at General Dynamics (now Lockheed Martin), and Jan continuing employment in banking. “I was eventually promoted to head teller at a bank in west Fort Worth. It was here that I took on serious job responsibilities — accounting for all the money coming in and going out of the bank. Plus, I had the opportunity to encourage women and help them see their importance in 13