Elsby Earl Dishman, a longtime resident of Houston and a beloved father, died after a short illness in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on March 31, 2012.
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"Dish" was the kind of man anyone would be fortunate to know. Born on January 4, 1922, he was the second youngest of ten children born to Alma and Charles Dishman. The death of his mother and the grip of the depression forced Dish into independence at age 11, and he grew up selling newspapers with his older brothers in Dallas. As a teenager, he was known to hot-rod Model T's and motorcycles, and used his mechanical skills to serve his country in World War Two. As a Technical Sergeant in the United States Army Air Corp, he flew in and survived 35 missions over occupied Axis territory during World War Two. He returned to the States to enter the University of Texas in Austin under the GI Bill, where he earned a degree in Civil Engineering.
While at the University, he met and married Beth Ann Day, the love of his life, who preceded him in death on November 19, 1983. Throughout his career he worked as a Civil and Structural Engineer with Phillips "66" Petroleum Company in Bartlesville, OK and later with Fluor in Sugarland, TX. As he built his career and family, Dish could often be found on a sailboat. At the age of 74, he won his class in a 24-hour solo sailing race off the coast of Texas. He was also a respected leader of his church, and led countless mission trips to aid the poor in Mexico.
Dish is preceded in death by his parents and his wife; his brothers Charles Ermie Dishman, Jr, Alston Williard Dishman, Blair Douglas Dishman, Cleo Calvin Dishman, Raymond Glider Dishman and Durer Dishman; and his sister DeEtta Ione Dishman. He is survived by his three children, Steve Dishman and wife, Marilyn of Houston, Kelly Mackintosh and husband, George Poulakos of Fort Lauderdale, FL, and Scott Dishman and wife, Lydia of Greenville, SC; as well as his grandchildren, Brian Mackintosh, Will Dishman, Deirdre Dishman and Emily Dishman.
He is also survived by two sisters, Marie D. Heflin and Jean Dishman McCarter. Services are planned in both Dallas and Houston.
In Dallas, services will be held Saturday, April 7 at 12:30 pm, at Restland Funeral Home, 13005 Greenville Ave. A burial service will follow at Oakland Cemetery, 3900 Oakland Circle in Dallas. In Houston, a memorial service will be held Monday, April 9 at 1:00 pm, at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, 11612 Memorial Drive.
Published in Examiner-Enterprise from Apr. 6 to May 6, 2012