|Birth: ||Jul. 14, 1936|
|Death: ||Apr. 29, 2011|
Jerry Ervin Haire, 74, passed away peacefully with his two daughters at his bedside, on April 29, 2011. Jerry was born July 14, 1936 in Arp, Texas to William Loyd and Opal Johnson Haire.
He is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Dean Carlisle Haire, parents, sister Macie Brunson and brother William Loyd Haire, Jr. Jerry is survived by his devoted daughters Denise Haire McAndrews and son-in-law Jack McAndrews, Kelly Ann Stuart and son-in-law Joseph Stuart, grandchildren Robert McAndrews and wife Diana Julian, Caitlin and Meg McAndrews, Will and Sam Stuart, and great-granddaughter Sydney McAndrews. He is also survived by sisters Loyce Goodwin, Aggie Carpenter, Linda Brunson and brother-in-law Audley Brunson, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
After graduating from New London high school, Jerry attended Tyler Junior College for a year before moving to Houston to attend the University of Houston, where he majored in Electrical Engineering. On November 9, 1957, Jerry and his high school sweetheart, Dean, were married and began their life together in Houston.
Jerry began his career working for Brown and Root Engineering. One of his first jobs as a young man was on the Atlas Missile Project at Dyess AFB in the early 1960's where he was Chief Electrical Engineer in charge of designing the underground silo which housed the missile. In 1971 Jerry began working for Texas City Refinery in Texas City, Texas. The refinery was purchased by Valero Energy Corp. and it was from Valero that he retired in 2005.
An adventurer and traveler at heart, Jerry was at his happiest when outdoors. One of the legacies Jerry left to his daughters was his love of travel as he and Dean took them on numerous trips throughout their childhood. From Monterrey, Mexico to Washington, D.C. to British Columbia, the family saw it all through the windows of their trusty station wagon. Some of Jerry's more adventurous travels were taken with groups of friends, canoeing down the Rio Grande, deep sea fishing, hiking in the Sierra Nevada and sailing the gulf from Galveston to Key West. Later in life, he and Dean enjoyed many trips together to the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, Canada, and numerous cruises.
His daughters and family will miss him so very much. His sense of humor and grace during his time of illness were truly inspirational. The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff at the Methodist Hospital MICU in the Medical Center, the wonderful, loving staff at Grace Care Center of Cypress, and the angels at Vitas Hospice for their personal attention and compassion to Jerry as well as to the rest of the family.
A private family service will be held at Mason Cemetery in Arp, Texas on May 14, 2011. A country boy at heart, Jerry will be laid to rest next to his beloved Dean, in this small country cemetery within sight of the farm where he grew up. In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests, with gratitude, that memorial contributions in Jerry's name be made to the Lone Star Chapter Sierra Club, P. O. Box 1931, Austin, Texas 78767 or Tx.SierraClub.org.
Published in Houston Chronicle on May 8, 2011
William Loyd Haire (1899 - 1990)
Laura Opal Johnson Haire (1898 - 1983)
Whila Dean Carlisle Haire (1938 - 2007)
Loyce Haire Goodwin (1922 - 2011)*
Jerry Ervin Haire (1936 - 2011)
Created by: Joel Farringer
Record added: May 08, 2011
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