Dr. L. Stayton
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renowned physician, was born May 3, 1941 and went peacefully home to The Lord on June 5, 2014 surrounded by his family at his personal residence. He was born and raised in Kingsville, TX and known around town as a great tall athlete, smart and full of life. As a young man he enjoyed fishing and hunting with his father, which became one of his lifetime passions. Stayton attended Texas A&I, Kingsville as a dual athlete playing Basketball and Golf for the Javelinas. Following graduation from Texas A&I he was accepted into UTMB Galveston where he earned his Medical Degree specializing in Family Practice and moved to Houston to complete his internship at Hermann Hospital in the Medical Center. In 1970 he was commissioned into the Navy and sent to Vietnam for one year as a Lieutenant in the Navy Medical Corps where he served US service members and the local villages in need of medical care. While in Vietnam he sent a love letter to his girlfriend in Houston, Diana Swenson, asking her to meet him in Tokyo while he was "on leave", she accepted the invitation and while touring the city of Tokyo he asked for her hand in marriage. Upon return to USA, he married Diana and they moved to California where he completed his second year of service at Oakland Naval Hospital. Dr. Halberdier started his Houston Medical career in the Spring Branch area. A few years later he moved to the FM 1960 area joining the Houston Northwest Medical Center Hospital. Four years later he was elected Chief of Staff at HNWMC as well as chairing several committees, and becoming a member of the American Academy of Family Practice, while also being involved in the HNWMC hospital business operations. Towards the end of his career he was appointed to HNWMC Board of Trustees. Truly, it was his loving heart, compassion for helping people and genuine spirit that enabled him to quickly establish and maintain one of the largest Family Practice offices in the Northwest Houston area for nearly 40 years. He affectionately cared, helping each patient understand the nature of their diagnosis and over the years, family generations proudly called him, "My Doctor". He was cherished and loved by all those who worked with him during his career. "Doc" always looked forward to hosting the "Office Party" at his house on Lake Conroe. He loved taking family trips, always inviting others to join. He enjoyed traveling with his wife to the Caribbean. He loved being a "Dad" and was so proud of his three children. Blessed with grandchildren as well, he became "Big Daddy", loved them dearly and cherished every moment with another 3 bundles of joy. As a Great Outdoorsman, he loved getting away to hunt or fish with anyone, and sure loved his time spent with friends. He retired to his home in Bentwater after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's. However, courageously fought his medical condition with family, friends, Dr. Rachelle Doody and many others who shared his space these last few years. He continued his passion for working in the yard, as an amazing artist & landscaper who could always find just enough space and color to add one more flower or shrub. To maintain his memory, he continued to read medical journals and began taking several bible study courses. His daily meditation consisted of reading the Bible and Daily Devotionals coupled with taking meaningful notes on the edges of the book or on his notepad. Longtime friend of Bill W. where he continued to enrich other lives through his encouragement. He will always be remembered for sharing his love with everyone, his genuine community impact and true gift in helping others. "Doc" is the beloved patriarch of his family defining courage, strength, compassion, laughter, generosity, patience, humility thus leaving an authentic loving legacy. Preceded in death by his parents, Louis Stayton and Libby Halberdier. He is survived by his wife, Diana Lynn Halberdier, along with his three children, two daughters, April Renee' Halberdier and Heather Michelle Halberdier and only son, L.S. Trey Halberdier and his wife, Paige Loraine Halberdier, three grandchildren, Gavin Adair Halberdier, Lyla Paige Halberdier and Libby Rose Halberdier. He is also survived by his brother John Edward Halberdier and his wife, Kimberly Fox Halberdier, along with his sister, Martha Halberdier Theiss and her husband, Jimmy Dale Theiss. He is also survived by numerous other relatives and friends.
Dr. L. Stayton Halberdier, Jr. was honorably laid to rest June 10, 2014 at the VA Cemetery following a private ceremony. Please join us for A Service of Celebration at Cypress Creek Christian Church- 6823 Cypresswood Dr.- Spring, TX 77379 on Sunday, June 29, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. Please visit http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/doc2 for more information about the Celebration Service for Dr. Halberdier. The Family is commencing a Halberdier Alzheimer's Foundation. Further details regarding donations to the Halberdier Alzheimer's Foundation will be announced at the Celebration Service on June 29, 2014.
Cypress Creek Christian Church- 6823 Cypresswood Drive-Spring, TX 77379 - June 29, 2014 @ 3:00 p.m.
Published in Houston Chronicle on June 22, 2014
Claire Brothers Funeral Home
7901 Hillcroft Avenue Houston, TX 77081