|Birth: ||Jul. 1, 1930|
|Death: ||Dec. 18, 2009|
Dateline: December 19, 2009
Name: Theodore Marcus Chinn, 79 years
Died: December 18, 2009, in Austin, Texas
Major Theodore Marcus Chinn, (ret.) born July 1, 1930 passed away on Friday, December 18, 2009 in Austin, Texas at the age of 79. Ted was born in Hutchinson, Kansas to Mark T. Chinn and Pearl Ortman Chinn, both of Batesville, Arkansas. Ted's father Mark was a Nazarene preacher who started numerous churches in rural Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas and it is their teachings which provided the foundation of Ted's deep Christian faith.
Ted was greeted in Heaven by his father Mar on what would have been Marks' 105th birthday!
The oldest of four children, Ted was born in Hutchinson, Kansas and reared during the Depression. Ted began working at an early age to assist the family and helped raise his three younger sisters. He graduated from West Helena High School in Helena, Arkansas and worked construction jobs to put himself through college. He was the first in his family to attend college and attended Bethany Nazarene College and graduated from Central State University in Edmund, Oklahoma with a BS in Chemistry. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lt in the Air Force.
He is survived by a large and loving family including his wife of 56 years, Mary (Mimi) Fauver Chinn. Ted met Mary in 1953 in her hometown of San Antonio during his first Air Force assignment as a newly commissioned, 2nd Lt. They were married in San Antonio on August 1, 1953. During Ted's military service in the Strategic and Tactical Air Commands, he traveled and served in numerous locations in the US and in NATO countries (mostly, in either remote desert locations, remote snow locations or on the frontier of our missile defense system. Along the way, he and Mary raised four sons; two born in San Antonio, one in Albuquerque, NM (near Sandia Laboratory) and one in Everett, Washington, (near,...well nothing!)
Upon his retirement from the Air Force, Ted, Mary and family located in Austin to be near Mary's numerous and close-knit family. As the youngest of 6 children and a 4th generation Texan, Mary's family extends throughout Central Texas. When asked about his military career, Ted replied; "After spending nearly 18 years designing, developing, loading and safeguarding nuclear weapons, I am most proud of the fact that we (America) never had to use one." (following WWII.)
Ted was in the real estate business in Austin for several years before taking a position with the State Health Department as the State's Chief Radiological Officer where he was responsible for various nuclear regulatory programs and emergency preparedness plans. Ted retired from the State in 1993 and enjoyed devoting full-time attention to several activities including: Woodlawn Baptist Church where he was a Deacon and served on numerous committees (but NOT the Pastor search committee - whose efforts resulted in recruiting his oldest son Pastor Barry Chinn to become the senior pastor at Woodlawn.)
Other activities included a passion for zipping his golf cart up and down as many golf courses in Austin as he could find.
Ted is also survived by two sisters Bonita Chinn Williams, Jenny Mae Chinn Weir and four sons; Barry W. Chinn and his wife Winnell , Ron Chinn and his wife Liz, Tim Chinn and his wife Teresa and Ted Allen Chinn and his wife Ruth. Ted's 10 grandchildren include: Cheryl Chinn Mikell and her husband Jeremy (and Ted's great grandchild Carter Mikkel); Aaron Chinn; Nicole Chinn, Kristen Chinn Hall (and her husband Andy); Roxanne Chinn, Sarah Chinn, Callie Chinn, Elaine Chinn, Hannah Chinn, Kathryn Chinn.
Visitation will be held at Harrell's Funeral Home, 4435 Frontier Trail on Monday, December 21, 2009 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. A Memorial Service to honor and celebrate Ted's life will be held on Tuesday, December 22 at 2:00pm at Woodlawn Baptist Church on Manchaca Road and officiated by the Rev. Barry W. Chinn. Interment with full military honors will follow at Memorial Hill Cemetery in Pflugerville.
Memorial Contributions can be made to The Cowboy Church of Travis County where Ted was an active wrangler-in-training.
Mary Jewell Fauver Chinn (1929 - 2013)*
Cook-Walden Memorial Hill Cemetery
Created by: K
Record added: Feb 08, 2010
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