William Michael "Mac" McGuire
Corpus Christi - William Michael McGuire was born on July 29th, 1947, to Paul and Marcilene McGuire of Crossett, Arkansas. He was their first child, and they called him Mike. He was later joined by a sister, Paula, then another, Brenda, and finally, a brother, Scott. Having accepted Christ at age 15, Mike graduated from Crossett High School in 1965, then went to study architecture at the University of Arkansas.
In the spring of 1968, though, he dropped out of college and joined the Marines. His fellow Marines nicknamed him Mac. He was soon awarded a trophy for his distinguished marksmanship, and promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal---then served in the artillery in Vietnam for almost a year.
In April of 1970, he was honorably discharged from the Marines, and then, he re-enrolled in college: this time, in Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana. He met Sharon in church there, and they were married on May 29, 1971. Mac earned his Bachelor's Degree in the spring of 1973, and their first child, Leanna, was born a few weeks later.
That fall, they moved to Austin so that Mac could begin studying for his Master's Degree at the University of Texas. They had, but lost, a second daughter in the fall of 1974, but Mac persisted in his studies, and earned his Master of Architecture Degree in August of 1975.
Then he got a job with Barron, Heinberg, and Brocato, an architect firm in Alexandria, Louisiana. Their son Wesley was born in September of 1976, and their son Tyler came along in February of 1978. Meanwhile, Mac was working very hard to help his company meet deadlines, but somehow, he found time for his first hobby---macrome.
In May of 1979, the young couple felt that God was leading them to move to Corpus Christi, so that Sharon could work at Christian Triumph Company, a tract ministry. Soon after the move here, Mac passed his licensure exam and became a registered architect. He continued to work for an architectural firm, but he also got a second, temporary job---teaching geometry at Del Mar College.
Mac worked for various architectural firms for a number of years, and also spent some of his time in a variety of other hobbies: sports, aerobics exercise, caring for doves and pigeons, drawing cartoons and sending out newsletters, deer hunting, and last but not least, fishing.
In 1984, Mac was hired to be the base architect at NAS Kingsville. Later, the Navy transferred him to NAS Corpus Christi. In the 90's, he became very active in the local chapter of the AIA and served as its president for several years.
Mac also went on three mission trips: to Peru, the Dominican Republic, and China. In his spare time at home, he often enjoyed listening to good Christian radio stations such as KCTA.
He loved his family and friends dearly, but most of all, he loved the Lord Jesus Christ. He departed in this life for heaven on January 4, 2021---having been preceded in death by his baby daughter, his parents, his parents-in-law, two nephews, and two first cousins.
He is survived by his wife Sharon, their three children, a son-in-law, a daughter-in-law, and six grandchildren; also, by his three siblings and their spouses; three aunts and one uncle, by Sharon's sister and brother, and her brother's wife. He has a total of four surviving nephews, two nieces, and seven first cousins.
Visitation will be held at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, January 12, 2021 followed by a Funeral Service at 12:30 p.m. at Trinity Church of the Nazarene, 6225 Weber Road. Burial will follow at the Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery at 2:00 p.m.