John Denham "Denny" Corwin, SR On the afternoon of July 1st, 2013 Denham was called to meet the Lord, to gaze into those eyes of infinite love, for all his sins were washed away by faith in the Lamb's atoning blood.
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Denny Corwin was born in West Palm Beach, Florida on September 12, 1929 to loving parents, Bertha and H. R. Corwin, Sr. With his elder brother Buddy, he enjoyed a happy childhood, often walking to the beach and playing in his father's work shop where he honed his passion for wood working. During the War, he served his community as both a Boy Scout and as a part of the School Boy Patrol. He graduated from Palm Beach High School in 1946 and shortly thereafter entered the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Chemical Engineering program. He was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity and served in the University's ROTC program. He attained his Bachelor of Science degree in 1950 and his Master's degree in 1951. Following college he served as a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Army, Signal Corps. On a Sunday morning among his family of faith at the 1st Presbyterian Church of West Palm Beach, he met and was immediately smitten by the young Miss Priscilla Evans. After only two weeks, Denham proposed. They were married a year later on April 3rd, 1954 in the same church. Denham had received an offer of employment at the Union Carbide plant in Texas City, Texas. The young couple relocated to the Texas coast that same year, first living in Galveston and then settling in Texas City, where he resided until 2011. They joined the 1st Presbyterian Church of Texas City in 1954, where Denham regularly sang tenor in the choir, taught Sunday school and served in numerous positions, including Elder and Treasurer, over his 59 years of membership. Denham and Priscilla raised three children: Beth Yglesias and husband Ray of Greenwell Springs, LA; Evan and wife Beki of Bastrop, TX, and Denny, Jr. and wife Carol of Charlotte, NC. They were blessed with seven grandchildren: Matt Yglesias; Adam Yglesias and wife Lucy; Elissa Maxwell and husband Ben; Christopher Corwin, J.D. Corwin, Devan Corwin, and Lindsey Corwin; and one Great Grandson: Daniel Yglesias. As our family's earthly father, his quiet, patient, and tender care gave us a true and faithful vision of our Heavenly Father's love. In 1998, after 44 years of service and attaining the honor of Corporate Fellow, Denham retired from Union Carbide. In 2003, after 49 years of marriage, Denham was preceded in death by his devoted wife, Priscilla. Due to limited mobility, Denham moved to an assisted living facility in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 2011 where he lived near his daughter Beth. Following a year of declining health, Denham passed quietly and peacefully with family by his side.
Denham's mission in life was to serve the Lord by loving his family and by living his faith through quiet action and gentle word. With him, no need went unattended, no ailing heart left unconsoled. We are all less without him, but greatly more for having had the gift of his presence in our lives. Well done, good and faithful servant.
A celebration of Denham's life will be held at the 1st Presbyterian Church of Texas City on Saturday, August 10th at 3:30 PM.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be offered to a charity of the giver's choice.
When Christ shall come
with shout of acclamation
And take me home- what
joy shall fill my heart!
Then I shall bow
in humble adoration
And there proclaim,
my God, how
great thou art!
Published in Houston Chronicle on July 7, 2013