Sam L. Warrington, P. E., 91, of Austin, passed away December 11, 2012. One of nine children, he was born on November 17, 1921 in Blooming Grove, Texas. He attended and graduated from Corsicana High School. Upon completion of military service in the United States Navy during World War II, Sam entered the University of Texas at Austin and received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He was employed as a sanitary engineer for the Texas State Health Department and a life-long professional engineer. After retiring from the state, he worked for the City of Austin Water and Wastewater Department. It was important to Sam that all the water and sewage operators be certified so they could receive promotions to improve their livelihoods. In his spare time, he enjoyed refurbishing used cars, terracing his lot and traveling extensively. He also enjoyed being a 50-year member of St. John's United Methodist Church. Sam served as the president of the Water Pollution Control Federation, now known as the Water Environmental Association. He was a life member of the Texas Water Utilities Association, and also served as secretary of the V. M. Ehlers Memorial Fund that provides scholarships to college-bound students. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Virginia Warrington and his sister, Wanda Ard; his children, Diana Yarbrough, and husband, Randy; Cynthia Birdwell, and husband, Wes; Sylvia Tate; and Steve Warrington, and wife, Randi. Surviving grandchildren are Brian Parker, and wife, Grayce; Jason Birdwell, and wife, Micah; Jessica Birdwell; Samara Mendez, and husband, Tommy; and Larisa Tate. Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from six o'clock until eight o'clock in the evening, on Thursday, the 13th of December 2012, at Cook-Walden Funeral Home, 6100 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin, Texas. A Memorial Service will be conducted at half past ten o'clock in the morning on Friday, the 14th of December, At St, John United Methodist Church, 2140 Allandale, Austin, Texas. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the V. M. Ehlers Scholarship Fund, 1106 Clayton Lane, Suite 112 West, Austin, TX 78723, or St. Johns United Methodist Church, 2140 Allendale Road, Austin, TX 78756. Condolences may be sent to www.cookwaldenfuneralhome.com
Published by Austin American-Statesman on Dec. 13, 2012.