Westley H. Brenton

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Long-time resident of Clear Lake City; Westley H. Brenton, age 93, passed away on Saturday; October 14, 2017. Mr. Brenton was born in Springfield, Massachusetts on July 16, 1924. He served in the United States Marine Corps seeing combat activities in both World War II and Korean wars. In 1956 he transferred branches to the United States Air Force and was selected to attend the Apprentice School of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics at Langley Aeronautical Laboratory in Langley, Virginia. Graduating at the top of his class as a Machinist and chosen as keynote speaker for his class, he joined the Manned Spacecraft program. Mr. Brenton was transferred to Houston, Texas in September of 1961 serving on the foundational team for the Houston based Manned Spacecraft Program for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Mr. Brenton was involved in early space flight with the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs. Dr. Robert Gilruth; former director of NASA Space Task Group, referred to the Mercury mission era as the Wright Brothers phase of space flight for which future generations will be highly indebted to. After serving in multiple capacities, he retired from NASA in 1979, but remained very involved in Clear Lake City and the manned space flight community. Among his interest; Mr. Brenton was a master craftsman, enjoyed the outdoors and along with his wife Barbara Brenton were greatly involved in University Baptist Church in Clear Lake City. Mr. Brenton is survived by his wife Barbara Brenton of Clear Lake City, son Wesley Dana Brenton and Daughter-In Law Sheila Brenton of Willis, Texas, son Kirk Michael Brenton and Daughter-In Law Dana Brenton of Huntsville, Texas, grandchildren Zachary Michael Brenton, Aaron Lane Brenton, and Allie Nicole Brenton of Huntsville, Texas. Mr. Brenton has requested that his body be donated for medical research to Baylor College of Medicine. A memorial service will be held on Friday; November 3rd, 2017 at 3:00PM at University Baptist Church, Houston, Texas. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting that donations be made to either the Wounded Warrior Project or the Texas Baptist Men's Disaster Relief Team, University Baptist Church, Houston, Texas

Published on yourbayareanews.com from Oct. 19 to Nov. 1, 2017
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