Mr. J.L. Jean Meek

A Lifetime of Innovation

A Legacy of Service

In memory of J.L. Jean Meek

1937 - 2019

Our founder J. L. (Jean) Meek passed away on October 24, 2019 following a courageous battle with cancer.

Mr. Meek’s career in manufacturing spanned six decades. He began his career as a journeyman machinist and over the years, he launched and sold several successful businesses. After joining Airborn Connectors in Dallas, Texas he developed tooling and processes to enhance the manufacture of specialized connectors for military applications. He served two decades at Airborn as head of manufacturing. In 1989, he formed Kemp-Meek Manufacturing in Mineola, Texas. The company focused on producing highly specialized connectors capable of withstanding extremes in pressure and temperature. Several years later he saw an opportunity to improve the process of reading water meters and developed a data acquisition system for reading meters, which is what Kemp-Meek is today.   

Through the years, Mr. Meek obtained several patents and developed many systems to improve the efficiencies of archaic processes.  

Under Mr. Meek’s leadership, Kemp-Meek was dedicated to producing quality products and providing excellent customer service. After Mr. Meek’s passing long term board members Janet Meek Lang and Lindsay Lang chose to keep the business open and to retain our dedicated and experienced employees. Kemp-Meek remains focused on producing high-quality products and providing excellent customer service as always.    

Jean enjoyed many hobbies over the years. He enjoyed woodworking, designed and built multiple homes and commercial buildings. He made frequent additions to his beloved residence, Placid Farm, most recently adding a climate-controlled car garage to store his collection of classic cars. He also found time to volunteer serving many years on the mission’s board at his church. He was also one of the founding members of the Mineola Foundation; a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing Career Technical Education for East Texas high school students. 

Jean is loved and missed. November 23, 1937 -October 24, 2019