Since 1982, Hospice of East Texas (HOET) has sought to enhance the quality of life for individuals and families dealing with life-limiting illness and to assist bereaved family members by providing care and support. As 2012 marks the thirtieth anniversary of extraordinary care, compassion, and commitment by HOET to the people of East Texas, the organization had the privilege of honoring their longest serving volunteer, Mr. Rick Jett, who has served with HOET since its inception.
On November 6, Mr. Jett was presented with the Volunteers are the Foundation of Hospice Award for Organizational Service at the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s Clinical Team Conference. This award celebrates a hospice volunteer who has demonstrated outstanding levels of commitment, achievement, and excellence, and is the highest recognition for hospice volunteers.
Hospice of East Texas President and CEO Marjorie Ream said, “For thirty consecutive years, without interruption, Mr. Jett has been a volunteer, serving three terms as a board member, one term as board chair, twenty-one years as an ex-officio board member, a finance, strategic planning, and quality committee member, and always as a mentor and friend to our board, staff, and volunteers. His breadth and depth of service is truly extraordinary, and it is no exaggeration to say that HOET would not be the organization it is today without his attention and support through the years.”
Outside of his long service to HOET, Mr. Jett volunteers on the board of directors for the Alzheimer’s Alliance of Smith County and the East Texas Communities Foundation.
“It is God that has provided the talent and the means, and it is His purpose for us to help others in need,” Mr. Jett said. “Any small amount of help that I can provide is to follow His direction.”
Born in Longview, Texas, Mr. Jett has resided in Tyler for 56 years. He is a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School and earned his bachelor’s degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. Mr. Jett and his wife, Michele, have been married for 36 years and are the parents of Natalie Orr and her husband, Matt. Mr. Jett is a CPA with Henry & Peters, PA.
“Tyler is an amazing community, and HOET is a great example of the goodness of the community. The organization was formed by a grant from the Junior League of Tyler, Inc. It is supported by all three Tyler hospitals, the entire medical community, hundreds of volunteers, and many, many donations. The organization is dedicated to helping ease the pain and suffering of death, for both the patients and the family members, and this is something we all must face. Thank God that we have HOET to help us through it,” Mr. Jett said.