Santos Piña Sr. 1925-2012
Santos went to be with the Lord November 16, 2012 at the age of 87. He was born to Felipe and Dolores Piña in Eldorado, TX on March 30, 1925. He was the third of three children. He was taught the value of hard work from a young age and experienced many hardships but through determination and the will to succeed he made a better life for himself. On July 7, 1945, he married his beloved wife and had a lasting marriage of 58 years. Together they raised a family of seven children, making Eldorado their home.
Arnie Lee Westbrook 1940 — 2012
Arnie Lee Westbrook, 72, of Christoval, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, November 13, 2013. Viewing will be Friday, November 16th from 6 – 8pm at Johnson’s Funeral Home.
Funeral service will be held at 11:00am Saturday, November 17th at Johnson’s Funeral Home. Burial will follow with a short grave side service at the Eldorado Cemetery, followed by a luncheon provided by the First Baptist Church of Eldorado Woman’s Auxiliary.
Maria Galindo Arispe 1917 — 2012
Our beloved Mother, Maria Galindo Arispe was born on November 16, 1917 and passed away on October 24th, 2012. She was preceded in death by her parents Alexos and Manuelita Galindo, her husband Jesus Arispe, brothers, Jesus Galindo, Severano Galindo, Lupe Galindo, a son Baltazar Arispe and a grandson Jessie Arispe.
She leaves behind three daughters, Gloria Rosas and husband Andres, Cecilia Castillo, Elisa Guana, Lupe Mejia and husband David, Billie Mendoza and husband Alfonso; also numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.
“We sat beside your bedside, Our hearts were crushed and sore; We did our best to the end, ‘Til we could do no more. In tears we watched you sinking, We watched you fade away; and though our hearts were breaking, We knew you could not stay. You left behind some aching hearts, that loved you most sincere; we never shall and never will Forget you Mother dear.”
Thank you to family and friends who brought food, drinks and so many things that were needed during the loss of our beloved mother. Prayers, phone calls and visits will forever be in our hearts. God bless you all.
Sincerely, Mejia Family, Mendoza Family,
Cecilia Castillo, Eliza Guana
Bedford "Beep" Peyton Cain III 1946-2012
On October 3, 1946, Bedford Peyton Cain III, also known as Beep Cain, was born to Peyton and Alta Cain, in Alpine, Texas. Beep was 66 years old on October 3, 2012, and died on the 9th in Sinton, Texas, where he lived. He had one sibling, Jane Stevens Cain Kosub, of Eldorado, Texas. In 1974, he married Maxie Lynn Wright (now Maxie Houser), and had two children.
He was the joyful father of two children, Channon Christopher Cain of Austin, Texas, and Cara Meredith Cain Davila of Corpus Christi, Texas, and grandfather of Meredith’s 19-month-old twin boys, Cain David Davila and Rocco Alexander Davila. In 4 more days, Beep was to have become the father-in-law of Lauren Marques, upon her marriage to Channon.
Honest and caring, he was a man with a zest for life. He was a runner and inspired others around him to be active. He was an avid reader, stayed connected to world and state issues, and challenged his children to do the same or better. He was thorough and meticulous in his work and extremely effective in his work in development. After graduating from Angelo State University, with a bachelor’s degree in History and Kinesiology, he was hired as Administrative Assistant to the President of Angelo State University, and then attended Texas Tech School of Law.
He left to become a partner in a family farming partnership at Roscoe, Texas. While farming, he accepted a volunteer campaign position for Charles Stenholm in his bid for a congressional seat, and later served two terms as Stenholm’s District Representative. He served as Mayor for about 5 years, coordinating the FEMA, state and local resources during a “100-year flood” of the city in 1980. He was then quoted in the New York Times as having said that if the federal government had sent as many buckets to Roscoe as they had sent briefcases, Roscoe’s flooding problem would have been quickly resolved.
Beep had an admirable career in banking at Texas State Bank in San Angelo. He was hired by the Salvation Army of Texas as a Regional Development Officer and soon was promoted as Director of Development for the State of Texas and relocated to Dallas. In this role he led a team to raise money for Salvation Army causes throughout the state. He was in this position during hurricanes Katrina and Rita and led fundraising efforts to support Salvation Army causes during this critical time.
Beep had served as president of the San Angelo Rotary Club and is a Paul Harris Fellow, where he put “service above self”. He also served his church as an ordained deacon of Roscoe’s First Baptist Church. Beep’s home at his death was Sinton, Texas, near Corpus Christi. He will be missed by all, but his influence will live on through generations to come, as his commitments, convictions, and personality were as unique as his nickname, Beep.
Len Gardner "Tuffy" McCormick 1922-2012
Len Gardner “Tuffy” McCormick, accomplished oilman, rancher, member of the Baylor Bears Final Four Basketball Team, NFL football player for the Washington Redskins and Baltimore Colts, died Monday, August 20th, peacefully in his home at age 89.
Tuffy McCormick was born in Eldorado, Texas, on October 28th, 1922, to Jimmie and Van McCormick and was an only child. He grew up in a pioneering ranching family in Eldorado, Texas. His grandparents P.H. and Sally McCormick were one of the founding families of Schleicher County.
After graduating from high school in Eldorado, TX, he attended Schreiner Military Institute in Kerrville, Texas. As a member of the U.S. Marine Corps he served his country first in World War II from 1942 to 1945 and then in the Korean War from 1950 to 1952.
Between his military services he graduated from Baylor University in 1947. At Baylor he played Center, Linebacker, and Placekicker for the Baylor Bears Football Team. He was also the Center of Baylor’s basketball team that won the Southwest Conference Championship and played in the 1946 Final Four. This was the first time Baylor ever appeared in the Tournament.
After college, he played for the Washington Redskins and the Baltimore Colts as a linebacker and center for two Hall of Fame quarterbacks, Sammy Baugh and Y. A. Tittle. During the off season, he managed to attend Baylor Law School and receive his law degree in 1950.
As a U.S. Marine in Korea, he served as a Major in the J.A.G. Corps. At the same time, he played center on the Marines’ football team with NFL quarterback Eddie LeBaron and was the center for the Marines’ basketball team.
His first job after Korea was as City Attorney for Midland, Texas, at a time of great excitement and growth. Continuing his love of sports, he was a participant of the Midland Misfits, a group of young Midland businessmen that got together on weekends to play football against other towns. The team included former NFL stars, weekend athletes, future business and government leaders, and even a future President, George H. W. Bush.
Harnessing the opportunities of Midland, he set up a private law practice and started his career in the energy business. He became the Chairman and President of Santiago Oil and Gas, Santana Petroleum Company and Gold Metal Consolidation Mining Company, which later merged with Tom Brown Oil Company. He was active in Midland charities like the YMCA and was a Club President of the minor-league baseball team the Midland Indians.
Returning to his roots in ranching, he purchased the Big Bend Ranch in 1958. Listed as one of the twelve largest ranches in North America, it contained 320,000 acres and 650 miles of fencing. Today, a large part of the ranch makes up the Big Bend Ranch State Park.
In 1972, Tuffy moved to Houston where he continued his energy career and was actively involved in charitable activities. He became involved in the organization of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and was a member of its International Committee. He was a committee member of St Luke’s Methodist Church. He was a founding member of the Eldorado Country Club in Palm Springs as well as the NFL Alumni Association.
Tuffy was a man of strong principles of fairness and duty that impacted all he touched. One of his actions was published in the book by John Steadman, “from the Colts to the Ravens” ……On December 6, 1948, the Baltimore Colts, led by Y. A. Tittle and ‘with Tuffy as their center’, were on their way to qualifying for a championship in only their second year in the All-America Football Conference. But they lost to the Buffalo Bills as a result of a highly disputed, hotly charged decision. Head linesman,
Tommy Whelan, ruled that Chet Mutryn, a Bills halfback, had neither possession nor control of a pass from quarterback George Ratterman. What appeared then to be a fumble and a recovery by the Colts’ John Mellus was declared an incomplete pass. It was a decisive call, enabling the Bills to retain the ball and in six plays to score the go-ahead touchdown, wiping out the Colts’ 17-14 lead. When the game was over, about 5,000 spectators rushed the field, chasing Whelan, who was hit in the back of the neck. Fans threw bottles and set fire in the wooden stands. Tuffy, along with one other Colt, Aubrey Fowler, and players from the Bills went to Whelan’s assistance and protected him into the dressing room. Players were commended for their efforts. One of the other referee’s young sons that was at the game often said that this mob experience of almost losing his father stuck with him and impacted his crowd management when he later became the Commissioner of Major League Baseball. His name is Fay Vincent.
Most importantly, he will always be remembered for the time, care, advice, and great energy he gave to everyone, both on the phone and through his memorable imposing presence. Many, from all walks of life, sought his sage advice and encouragement. His favorite slogan was “Mount up and get it done!”
Tuffy was a legendary Texan who served his country proudly, excelled in sports, and pursued a successful career as a lawyer, rancher, businessman, and wildcatter. There were few successful and prominent people of his time that he didn’t meet and know. Among many other things, he was a pallbearer for J. Edgar Hoover, the founder of the FBI, and was friends with celebrities like Frank Sinatra, Dinah Shore and business magnates like Barron Hilton. His life and endeavors as a “true
Texan” were so colorful and fascinating that his stories were used as a basis for a movie, The Wheeler Dealers, starring James Garner.
He was pre-deceased by his loving wife Vera Lu Sumner Blanton McCormick to whom he was happily married for 20 years and her daughter Kathy Blanton. After the passing of his wife, he spent 9 wonderful years with his beloved companion, whom he was pre-deceased by, Betty DeMontrond.
He was the proud father of Marlee McCormick and Van McCormick (married to Tina Jurgens-McCormick), and the proud grand-father of a total of nine grand-children Shelby, Sidney, Calli and Casey Padgett as well as Max, Alex, Myles, Nathaniel, and Amelia McCormick. Other surviving family members include Lea DeMontrond and George DeMontrond III (married to Marilyn DeMontrond) and their children Melissa and George DeMontrond IV; Chuck and Danny Blanton, and Gail Cusack (married to Greg Cusack) and their children Thomas, Daniel, Matthew and Ava Cusack as well as Kathy Blanton’s children Kristan, Travis, Cameron and Karli. This is as well as his cousins and his best friends Steve and Carolyn Mafrige.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 28 at St. Lukes Methodist Church on Westheimer. An interment service will be held on Saturday at the Eldorado Cemetery in Eldorado, TX at high noon.
Curtis Lynn Clark 1948 - 2012
Curtis Lynn Clark, 63, of Brady, Texas, passed away Friday, August 17, 2012, in Brady. Visitation was from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 17, 2012 at Heritage Funeral Home in Brady. Services were at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, August 20, 2012, at Heritage Funeral Home Chapel.
Curtis was born on October 26, 1948, in San Angelo, Texas, to Edwin Clark and Patsy (Jones) Clark. He married Sandra McCollum on October 27, 1975, in McCamey, Texas. He had lived in Brady for the past 10 years, having moved here from Eldorado where he had lived for 20 years.
Curtis was a truck driver for many years and loved being out on the road. In his free time he loved to fish and enjoyed watching the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers play.
Curtis was preceded in death by his parents, a baby sister, and brothers-in-law Mike McCollum and Coy Mitchell.
Survivors include: wife; Sandra Clark of Brady; daughters; Jennifer Cheatham, and husband Erik, of Godley, Tx; and Tamra Clark; sons; Jason Lynn Clark, and wife Amber, of San Angelo, Tx; and Jeremy Clark, and wife Jennifer, of Red Oak, Iowa; brother; Tommy Clark, and wife Judy, of San Angelo; aunt; JoRee Clark of San Angelo; mother-in-law; Willie Mae McCollum of Mason; six grandsons; Dustin Cheatham, Brandon Cheatham, Zackery Cheatham, Marshall Schmitz, Jackson Clark, Rhys Clark; two granddaughters; Shianne Clark and Kaylyn Clark; a brother-in-law, two sisters-in-law; and numerous cousins and friends.
Please view Mr. Clark’s Online Memorial at www.heritagefuneraltx.com.