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William Record Weston Jr.(1922 - 2013)

December 27, 1922 – August 19, 2013 William Record (Bill) Weston, Jr., descendant of one of the founding families of Dallas, passed away Monday, August 19, 2013 after an extended illness. A lifelong Dallas resident, Mr. Weston was preceded in death by his parents, William Record Weston, Sr. and Mamie Moss Weston; by his wives, Mary Katherine Denning Weston and Maria Simao Weston; by his daughter, Anna Louise Weston and grandson, Tol E. Crowley, III. Mr. Weston is survived by daughters, Diane Weston Argabright and husband, Ray, of Austin; Leslie Weston Pettit and husband, John of Uvalde; Teresa Weston of Dallas; and Michelle Weston Pettit and husband Malcom of Dallas; stepdaughter Maria Monsalve of Lisbon, Portugal; sister Gloria Weston Young and husband, Austin Jr. of Dallas; by eight grandchildren; two great grandchildren; two nieces, one nephew and numerous grandnieces and grandnephews. Mr. Weston was Chairman of the Board of The William Weston Company, a custom architectural hardware company founded in 1882, succeeding to that office upon the death of his father and serving until his retirement in 1997. Attending the Terrell Preparatory School, the predecessor to the present St. Mark's School, Mr. Weston, graduated from Highland Park High School in 1940, where he participated in track and field and was an expert marksman and Battalion Commander of the Army R.O.T.C. unit. He then attended Texas A & M University, leaving to enlist in the U.S. Army Air Corp. in 1942; receiving radio and communications training and participating in the first wave of occupation forces into Japan under General Douglas McArthur. He was involved in the construction and operation of radio stations throughout Japan and discharged at war's end with the rank of Staff Sergeant. Mr. Weston attended California Polytechnic Institute after the war, studying electrical engineering. During this time he and his family lived on their schooner, "The Quisette" while he was employed by National Geographic Magazine. He studied animation under Walt Disney, photography under the famed photographer, Ansel Adams and classical guitar under Andres Segovia. He then embarked on a voyage on "The Quisette" writing articles and photographing islands in the South Pacific for National Geographic. As well as being an expert mariner, he obtained his private pilot's license prior to his graduation from high school and constructed his own airplane from surplus aircraft salvage he bought after the war, later flying throughout the Caribbean area. Mr. Weston, a past President of the Downtown Lions Club ,and the District Governor of the Lions Club International, District 2-X1 ,also proudly served as the President of the Terrell Preparatory School Alumni Association for many years. He was an electrical engineer, mariner, pilot, artist, musician and linguist. For many years he enjoyed playing tennis. He led a very full and adventurous life. "We love and miss you, Daddy, but we know that you have embarked on another adventure - the greatest one you will ever have-and it will last forever. Til we all meet on that beautiful shore," - Your Baby Girls

Published in Dallas Morning News from Aug. 27 to Sept. 3, 2013
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