Wayne Sarver

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Wayne Edward Sarver passed away January 9, 2013 in Conroe, Tx. He was born in Church Point, La on September 1, 1940 to Elige L. and Ruby Sarver. The family lived in Channelview, Tx for several years, finally settling back in the town of Humble, Tx just in time for him to begin school.

Wayne worked hard his entire life. At about 10 years old, he would sweep at the barber shop on Main St, and, with a shoeshine kit built by his older brother Kenneth, would stand in front of the barber shop to shine shoes for a dime, showing his entrepreneurial spirit, as there was a man inside to shine shoes, but he would catch clients before they got inside. For a 10 year old, who could go next door and see a movie for 9 cents, a few shines left him feeling rich.

Wayne loved hunting and fishing with his dad, and, as an adult, provided leases for many years where he, family members, friends, and business associates hunted. He walked, sat in a blind, on the ground, or in a tree, but always hit his target.

He attended Charles Bender High School around the corner from his home, graduating in 1958. After high school, Wayne began working oilfield related jobs, ranging from roughneck to salesman, and often found himself driving all hours of the night to deliver tools and equipment to rigs in the most remote of locations. During that time, he lived in various locations with his young family, including in McAllen, Corpus Christi, and in Louisiana, before settling back in Humble in 1965. He continued working oilfield related jobs, including a stint at Zapata working for future U.S. President George H. W. Bush.

In 1970, Wayne founded Valve Liquidators, working from the garage in his home in Humble. Little did anyone know, though he - with his eternal optimism, unshakeable confidence, and indomitable spirit - must have, that this small operation would grow into a business that would employ as many as 50 people at times and support his children for decades to come. Today, 42 years after its founding, Valve Liquidators, Inc. is widely recognized as a pioneer and innovator in the valve remanufacture industry, as well as a leader in their current field of operations - corrosion resistant piping for the Chemical Process industry.

During the early years of his business, he worked every single day. He traveled the entire country and the world in search of surplus valves for remanufacture and resale. He saw this country as few do. When travelling in search of valves, he drove both interstate highways and back roads - anywhere he could find a chemical plant, scrap yard, or industrial business. People often scoffed at the notion that a Texas businessman had come to their little neck of the woods to buy used valves - then found themselves selling him thousands of dollars' worth of them. In his years of travel, he visited every state, shipping truckloads of valves back to Humble from wherever he went. He continued his travel for decades, until he became physically unable, and lamented the fact he couldn't carry on as before.

Businesses often complain about competition - Wayne didn't - he welcomed it. Competition made business more challenging, and he met every challenge. To him, competitors were potential customers, and there were some he actually helped put into business - he profited off them as well.

He was universally loved, had a charisma about him, and never met a stranger. He could, and would, strike up a conversation with anyone he met. When on one of his hundreds of flights over the years, those seated near him found themselves speaking with him. He met untold numbers of people and had many stories of those he met. He once received a letter from a couple he met on a plane thanking him for switching seats so they could sit together, and for the friendly conversations during the flight.

Wayne's work ethic was extraordinary, and he worked hard providing for his family, which grew to include six children. He loved his family more than anything, always making sure they had whatever they needed or wanted. He instilled that work ethic in his children, giving them the means to be self-supportive in life - something he had done, and expected of them as well - but he was always there in a pinch if they needed his help.

He was known for his unmatched generosity, and gave selflessly throughout his lifetime to those in need, many times hiring workers just because they needed a job. He sponsored FFA students, allowed use of his property for raising livestock, and purchased the animals for many years. Wayne supported the Shriners Hospitals for decades. He was a Freemason for 50 years, and a member of the Humble Masonic Lodge #979 A.F. & A.M.

Nobody could make things happen like Wayne Sarver. He did the easy things, and the difficult things, but he also routinely did the impossible. Tell him it can't be done, and he'd figured out how - then he'd do it.

He will be fondly remembered and sorely missed by all who knew him.

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, and is survived by sister Maxine Sarver, brother Jack K. Sarver and wife Mary Ann, daughter Robin Hanna and husband John, son Michael Sarver, son Greg Sarver and wife Sherrie, son Brian Sarver, son Jeff Sarver and wife Dawn, daughter Emily Sarver and Tony Noyola, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and 2 great great-grandchildren.

Published on yourconroenews.com from Jan. 25 to Feb. 7, 2013