Ray A. Pinnell, Jr., age 86 of San Antonio, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 25, 2012, surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Wichita Falls, Texas, he has lived in San Antonio for most of his life. He attended Thomas Jefferson High School, graduating with the class of 1943. At the age of 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served the final 2 ½ years of World War II as a torpedo-man on PT boats in the South Pacific, often recalling, “That was the last war that we were permitted to win.” He participated in numerous invasions and patrols of the South Sea Islands, culminating in the invasions of Leyte in the Philippines, and Balikpapan, Borneo.
Returning home to pursue his education, he attended San Antonio College and Trinity University at the old campus before graduation in 1950 from The University of Texas at Austin with a degree in architectural engineering.
It was during this time that he met Mary Waller, whom he married and adored for over 60 years, before her death in 2007. Though much of his work was worldwide in scope, a gaze across San Antonio skyline will reveal some of his favorite engineering projects. The Tower of Americas, Hilton Palacio Del Rio, Trinity Tower, relocation of the Fairmount Hotel and Sea World are just a few of the numerous projects throughout our city on which Ray left his mark. His work and reputation took him throughout the world, often accompanied by Mary, to such locations as China, the Middle East, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Ray’s many close friends are a testament to his honesty, integrity and compassionate nature. His passing will leave a huge void in the hearts of us all.
He was preceded in death by his son, Gary and sister, Joy.
He is survived by his daughter, Angela Crittenden and husband, Harry and his sister, Sharon Bohan, along with numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2012 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Porter Loring on McCullough.
MARCH 5, 2012
PORTER LORING CHAPEL
Interment in Mission Burial Park South.