EARL W. TRACY, JR.
January 2, 1923 -
August 23, 2013
Earl W. Tracy, Jr., age 90, passed away on Friday, August 23, 2013. Earl attended school in San Antonio at Robert E. Lee Elementary, Emerson Junior School, and graduated from Brackenridge High School in 1940. He graduated from the University of Texas
at Austin in 1949 with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Petroleum Engineering. Later he graduated from St. Mary's University with a Bachelor of Law (LLB) Degree, and still further from St. Mary's with a Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree in 1951.
Earl was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather. A member of the "Greatest Generation," Earl was a combat Infantryman in Europe, including Germany, France, Belgium and England during 1944, 1945 and 1946. Earl fought with the 69th Division, 272nd Regiment, 3rd Battalion, Company "K". He was an active participant in the meeting with the Russians which served on May 8th to terminate World War II in Europe. The momentous meeting was at Torgeo, Germany, on the Elba River approximately 60 miles south and west of Berlin. He served in the "Battle of the Bulge" for which he received the Bronze Star
for "Valor". He had many battlefield memories. His most memorable involved using his medical skills to save fellow soldiers' lives, Germans as well as Americans.
Earl was severely injured May 8, 1945 when his jeep hit a "teller" mine, killing his driver and another soldier. The accident was near Stuttgart, Germany. Earl survived to finish the war with the 69th infantry, and near the end of World War II they were attached to the 1st and 3rd Army. He was fortunate to see General George Patton on several occasions.
After the war Earl returned to San Antonio and entered the University of Texas at Austin, where he completed his Petroleum Engineering Degree in 1949; and then later he received a Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree from St. Mary's in 1951. He was employed by Southwest Research in 1945 and served as Project Engineer. During his time at Southwest Research he was encouraged and supported to enter Law School. He graduated from St. Mary's Law School in 1951 with an LLB degree in Law. Following additional studies at St. Mary's University, Earl was awarded a Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree. Earl resigned from Southwest Research in December of 1959 and started a private law practice on January 1, 1960. He practiced Probate law in San Antonio for 50 years and retired on January 1, 2009. He was a member of the San Antonio Bar Association, the San Antonio Cosmopolitan Club, and the San Antonio Shriners. He was an active member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church for 25 years. He also served as Municipal Court Judge in Fair Oaks and Olmos Park for 10 years. Earl will always be remembered for his wisdom, resourcefulness, and intelligence.
Earl was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Vivian A. Tracy. He is survived by his sister, Dorothy Gunkel of San Antonio; daughter, Joan Tracy-Sotoodeh-Huff and grandson, Rami Drew Sotoodeh of Tampa, Florida; son and daughter-in-law, Ty and Shari Tracy, grandson Seth, and granddaughter Claire, all of San Antonio. We all love you "Ace".
AUGUST 30, 2013
ST. MARK'S EPISCOPAL
315 E. PECAN
The Rev. Carol Morehead officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the San Antonio Humane Society, 4804 Fredericksburg Rd., San Antonio, TX 78229 www.sahumane.org
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