William Basil Hudson, 80, lost his battle to cancer on November 17th, 2021. Raised in Midland Texas, Bill later settled in San Antonio and retired to his ranch outside of Boerne.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Hudson, and is survived by his three sons, Blake Morris (wife Christine), Michael Morris (wife Danna), Will Hudson (partner Michelle), and his older brother Bob Hudson. Bill was blessed with six grandchildren: Nathaniel, Quentin, Rebecca, Hugh, Liam, and Everett. Bill is also survived by his loving partner for the last seven years, Barbara Finch. His extended family and friends deeply mourn his passing, but also celebrate the many extraordinary years we shared with him.
Bill was a unique individual. He was an exceptionally talented and successful businessman, having become president of Alamo National Bank in San Antonio at the age of 36 and then going on to lead many successful business ventures and partnerships. His career began with Chase Manhattan in New York, which he often remembered fondly as "the best training program a banker could get." He then continued to expand his education and knowledge at the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Phoenix and later a graduate degree in Banking from SMU, evidencing his life-long emphasis on education and exploration of thought. After serving in many roles at the Bank of the Southwest in Houston, he assumed the top leadership position at Alamo National Bank in San Antonio, which he led for many successful years before deciding to entertain more entrepreneurial interests with his friends. There were many peaks and valleys during his restaurant years, as there always are starting new businesses, but he enjoyed them all and always managed to come out ahead. Even so, in his heart he was always a banker and so he returned to banking. He led a string of small regional banks which took him to El Paso, then back to San Antonio, where he eventually capped off his career brokering the sale of banks, doing deals with his friends and appreciating life. He often called this part of his career "the most fun I've ever had."
While Bill's intelligence and insights into business dealings were impressive, and certainly important to him, they were perhaps the least significant aspects of who Bill was. His remarkable intellect led him into a lifelong inspection of life, friendship, spirituality, and politics. This was fertile ground for deep friendships based on shared understandings and mutual respect that went far beyond business deals and led to enduring relationships. From his Midland High friends to his University of Texas friends to the friends he met during the various phases of his life, they all stuck around for the stimulating conversations, warm hospitality, and inclusive "the more the merrier" good times that always seemed to surround Bill.
Bill enjoyed traveling to visit and explore other cultures and sites, from time spent visiting the Mexican border in the seventies to trips with family to Yellowstone and many family gatherings in Colorado, Costa Rica, and of course his ranch in Boerne The time was always about enjoying life and sharing it with family and friends.
After retirement, he and his wife even spent a "senior year abroad" where they did an immersion study in French before living for a year in Provence, enjoying the French culture. Later he continued his travels to see and experience the Baltic Sea, British Virgin Islands, and many venues in Europe. Through all of this Bill was always experiencing and learning from life and pointing all of us to the things we should be most concerned with: people.
Bill deeply cared for his children, grandchildren, and partners. One of the most unique things about Bill was his ethic of inclusion. To Bill life was always better with more: more laughter, more love, more people to share in it all. There were no distinctions to Bill between step-sons and son, wife and partner, extended families and close family – they were all welcome all the time to take part and enjoy life together. This amazing fellowship has left us all with a legacy of love of life that we will continue to treasure together for the rest of our lives. This is perhaps the greatest gift that Bill has left to us and one for which we can never express enough gratitude. We can only honor this legacy by continuing to pass it along and spread the love as far and wide as we can, knowing that's how Bill would have loved it.
In the spirit of honoring this monumental man, we invite you all to come celebrate his life with us together at the Alamo Heights United Methodist Church at 11am on Thursday, December 2nd. Let us come together and pray, celebrate, laugh, love, and remember Bill Hudson as he would have wanted us to: with light and laughter and love for each other in our hearts.
In lieu of flowers, and to honor Bill's spirit of philanthropy and generosity, the family asks that donations in Bill's name be made to the following charities:
Hill Country Memorial Hospice, Fredricksburg, TX
First United Methodist Church, Boerne, TX
Or any charity of your choice.