McMahon, 82, entered into eternal rest on July 20, 2012. Bill was born in Wiergate, Texas on June 14, 1930 to William S. and Vera McMahon, who have preceded him in death. Bill is survived by his wife of 56 years, Julie McMahon; his two sisters, Dorothy Jean Williams and Betty Jo Crider; sons and daughters-in-law, Bill and Sue McMahon and Bob and Wanda McMahon; daughter and son-in-law, Sarah and Wayne Hale; and ten grandchildren.
Bill graduated from South Park High School in Beaumont in 1947. He attended Lamar University before transferring to Rice Institute where he received a Bachelor's of Business Economics in 1952. Bill enlisted in the U.S. Army and was assigned to counter intelligence in the Korean Conflict. He met Julie Herbert in Ft. Smith, Arkansas, and they were married January 22, 1956.
While pursuing his career in bond underwriting, Bill returned to college on the G.I. Bill and completed a Mechanical Engineering degree at the University of Houston. Bill worked in Guidance & Control for NASA for 30 years on the Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, and the Space Shuttle programs.
Bill and his family were long-time members of Pasadena Boulevard United Methodist Church until it combined with Sunset UMC. Bill and Julie enjoyed square dancing and traveling. Bill was an adult leader in the Boy Scouts for many years.
Visitation with the family will be held at Sunset United Methodist Church, 709 Allendale, Pasadena, TX 77502 on Saturday, August 4, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. followed by a memorial service at 3:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to the
(www.arthritis.org) or the Glaucoma Research Foundation (www.glaucoma.org).
Published in Houston Chronicle on Aug. 1, 2012