CARL EUGENE SPRINGER died in Big Bend National Park on October 23, 2006. He was loved and admired as a family man, chemical engineer, army veteran, outdoorsman, churchman, and friend.
Born January 14, 1935 in Fort Worth, Texas, to Jesse and Leona Springer, Carl served overseas in the United States army, and studied chemical engineering at Texas Tech University. In Lubbock, he met the love of his life, Judy, whom he married on January 21, 1961. In his profession, he was known for his hard work, company loyalty, and problem-solving ability. He retired as a Senior Vice President of Mitchell Energy and Development Corporation in 1994.
He was an avid backpacker who traversed hundreds of miles of trails in America’s national parks and forests. He was active in the Woodlands Hiking Club, and organized various backpacking for the club and other groups. Carl’s fellow hikers enjoyed his careful planning, cheerful outlook, and occasional practical jokes.
A practicing Christian all his life, Carl gave much of himself to numerous congregations and mission endeavors. He enjoyed being a Sunday School teacher for young children. In retirement he was a very active member of the First United Methodist Church FUMC of Conroe, which greatly blessed him, and where his strengths and personality became a blessing to others.
Carl was preceded in death by his parents; he is survived by his wife, Judith; sister and brother-in-law Wanda and Stanley Gomer; son, Rev. Stephen Springer; daughter, Dr. Melanie Springer-Tollett; son-in-law, Dr. Jeffrey Tollett; four grandchildren, Christopher, Andrew, Benjamin, and Audrey Tollett; and numerous nephews, nieces, and in-laws. His family loved him for many reasons, including his earthy humor, his meticulous methods of organizing, his reliability in a crisis, his skill with computers, and his fondness for children.
Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday, October 27, at Cashner Funeral Home, 801 Teas Road, in Conroe. The funeral service will be 1:00 p.m., Saturday, October 28, at the First United Methodist Church of Conroe, 4308 W. Davis, with Rev. William R. Taylor officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that gifts be made to Carl’s favorite youth service organization, whose works and faith he admired and shared: The Youth Programs and U.M. ARMY, of First United Methodist Church, 4308 W. Davis, Conroe, TX, 77304.