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William G. Stobie William G. Stobie ("Bill"), 67, of Austin, passed away Friday, November 2, 2012 at his home. He was born April 4, 1945 in St. Louis, Missouri, to William H. and Jean Stobie. Bill was born during World War II to a young Army Air Corps navigator stationed in Saipan and a grateful mother who was eagerly awaiting her husband to return from the war. As the son of an Air Force officer, during his childhood, Bill lived in California, Missouri, and Maryland. He graduated from Palos Verdes High School in 1963 where he was a varsity athlete in Football and Baseball. Bill attended Washington University in St. Louis, on a baseball scholarship, but graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1971 with a B.B.A. in Statistics and Computer Science, and in 1972, from the Universidad de Las Americas in Puebla Mexico with a M.B.A. in International Business. He married Olga Lavastida in San Antonio, Texas on December 7, 1968 after a long four week courtship. They had their first child Jennifer while Bill was teaching in Mexico and then Jeremy was born while Bill was doing his postgraduate studies in Austin. Bill had a diverse professional career associated with information technology, which began while serving as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. He was a professor of business administration at the Universidad de Las Americas where he taught multiple courses in business and mathematics. Upon returning to Texas he went to work for the State of Texas. He was eventually promoted to the position of Director of Applications Development for the Texas Department of Human Resources and later held the same title for the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. Bill was also a Senior Vice President of Information Systems Services at the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation and was an independent consultant working on large projects for state government for many years. Most recently, and just prior to his retirement, Bill served as the Director/Chief Information Officer for the State of California Department of Justice. Bill was a devoted family man who always put his family first. He was an avid golfer, a collector of wine, and a talented leader and executive. He spent much of his time mentoring his employees and colleagues and provided patient leadership to his family. Bill never wanted the spotlight and was always happiest to see others succeed. Bill loved to travel and had recently returned from trips with Olga to the Pacific Northwest, Canada and Argentina and was very much looking forward to a trip to Ecuador with his wife and neighbors. He also treasured every moment he spent with his beloved grandchildren. He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Olga Stobie; his children MAJ Jennifer Stobie, Jeremy Stobie and wife Sisi; grandchildren Juliana and Thomas; brother Jim Stobie; sisters Tina Stobie and Jane Stobie; nieces Chris Ibarra and Dr. Laura Winterfield; nephews, Carlos Lavastida, Patric Farrell, Gene Lavastida, Jason Lavastida, Robert Stobie and Frank Morales, and numerous great-nieces and nephews. Bill will be dearly missed by all that knew him, he was a positive, patient, generous, and loving man. The memorial service is scheduled from 2:00 PM until 3:00 PM on Friday November 9, 2012 in the Smith Family Chapel at Riverbend Baptist Church in Austin. Rev Rod Coleman will be officiating. The family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to Bill's favorite charity the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org. Those wishing to donate in Bill's memory can fill in the "In Honor Of" information, only if they wish to be acknowledged. The family would like to thank Bill's neighbors Jesse Garcia and Katrina Pruitt, they valiantly tried to save his life. Your actions are greatly appreciated, thank you.

Published in Austin American-Statesman on Nov. 7, 2012
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