FARRILE SCHMIDLER "SONNY" YOUNG, JR. passed away peacefully on Wednesday, the 30th of June 2010 while vacationing at Green Turtle Cay, The Bahamas.Farrile was born in Kansas City, Missouri on the 27th of February 1939, the son of Farrile Schmidler Young and Floy Luker Young. He and his family moved to Houston, Texas in 1950 where he attended Pershing Middle School and Lamar High School. While attending Lamar High School, Farrile lettered in five sports and was honored as an outstanding linemen in the book entitled Texas High School Football. Following graduation from Lamar High School, Farrile attended The University of Texas at Austin where he obtained his BS, MS, and PhD degrees in petroleum engineering. While attending The University of Texas at Austin, he was an active member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity where he served as President from 1960 through 1962. In addition, Farrile was a member of Sigma Xi, a national organization to honor individuals who have exhibited noteworthy achievement in a field of pure or applied science.Following graduation from the University of Texas at Austin, Farrile worked for Exxon Co. U.S.A. where he served as a senior and staff engineer engaged in the development of automated rig design. Subsequent to his work at Exxon Co. U.S.A., Farrile joined Baroid Div., NL Industries, where he worked in various operational assignments related to the application of drilling technology. Farrile has written numerous publications in the field of drilling and rock mechanics. He co-authored the SPE Textbook Series, Vol. 2, entitled Applied Drilling Engineering published in 1986 and currently in circulation. Farrile was a registered professional engineer in the State of Texas.In addition to his professional career in the petroleum industry, Farrile was the proud owner of Hill & Hill Exterminators, Inc., where he leaves behind an organization and family of wonderful employees.Farrile was a member of The River Oaks Country Club, The Petroleum Club of Houston, and The Society of Petroleum Engineers. In addition, Farrile was a member of the Tuesday Breakfast Club, an organization comprised of some of his closest and most respected friends. He was an active member of Second Baptist Church in Houston, Texas.Farrile had a passion for the outdoors and he enjoyed boating, hunting, fishing, and golfing. He was an avid fan of Texas Longhorn football. He loved to travel and his most cherished place on earth was the blue waters of The Bahamas. Farrile and Moselle celebrated their 47th anniversary in Green Turtle Cay, The Bahamas, on the 22nd of June 2010. Farrile was a devoted father and grandfather. His joy in life was spending precious time with his three children and seven grandchildren. What mattered most to Farrile was his faith in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.Farrile is survived by his wife, Moselle Mallett Young; sister, Joan Sue Cox; daughters, Michelle Young Brewer and husband Stephen, Merrie Young Afseth and husband Laif; son, Farrile S. Young III and wife Claire; and seven grandchildren, Travis Brewer, Phillip Brewer, Alexander Brewer, Merrie Afseth, Elisabeth Afseth, Avery Afseth, Emily Young.The memorial service is to be conducted at twelve o' clock in the afternoon on Friday, the 9th of July in the Sanctuary at Second Baptist Church, 6400 Woodway Drive in Houston where the Rev. John Barksdale is to officiate.For those desiring, and in lieu of customary remembrances, memorial contributions in Farrile's name may be directed to: The University of Texas at Austin, Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Department; or to Second Baptist Church, or to the charity of one's choice.
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Published in Houston Chronicle from July 6 to July 7, 2010