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Charles A. Reasner II

Obituary for Charles A. Reasner II

September 24, 1954 - June 4, 2017
Spring Branch, Texas | Age 62


Charles A. Reasner, II, "Charlie", was 62 when he died at his home in the hill country near San Antonio, Texas on June 4, 2017 surrounded by his family and loved ones. While what follows is only a few short paragraphs, it would require a book to properly summarize Charlie's life.

Charlie danced his way into the world on September 24, 1954 in Melbourne, Florida, the oldest of three children born to Charles and Corinne Reasner. Despite moving frequently in his grade school years, as his family followed his father's Air Force career, Charlie excelled in academics and athletics and was well-liked amongst his peers. He skipped the first grade, earned varsity letters in all three major sports and was given the Senior Superlative "Mr. Yamato" in high school in Japan. He graduated from Andrews University with a Bachelor of Science "With Academic Distinction" in three years. While at Andrews, Charlie met and married Marilyn McConnell.

Charlie continued his academic success, earning a full Air Force Scholarship to Loma Linda Medical School. After medical school he completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Wilford Hall and then went on to complete an Endocrinology Fellowship.

Charlie and Marilyn moved to Mississippi with the Air Force, where they welcomed their daughter, Cynthia, in 1981 and their son, Charles A. III, in 1983. Charlie returned to San Antonio with his family, where he continued his distinguished career, specializing in diabetes. He was not only a dedicated clinical physician, he was also a star teacher, retiring from the University of Texas Health Science Center as a tenured professor in the School of Medicine. His expertise was recognized in the medical community and he was named Medical Director of the Texas Diabetes Institute, where he worked closely with his best friend and mentor Dr. Ralph Defronzo. He was also frequently asked to lecture to doctors and other medical professionals around the world.

While his work ethic was evident, he found a love for ballroom dancing in his spare moments. Always the competitor, a few social dance lessons rapidly turned into competing in national and international ballroom dance competitions. He was a favorite of his coaches and judges alike and he earned many dance awards and developed great friendships in the world of dance. He also enjoyed golf, playing Rook, and was a lifelong fan of the Dallas Cowboys.

After Marilyn passed away, Charlie married Debbie Kennedy on Valentine's Day in 2015. In the years Charlie spent with Debbie, he became a father and grandfather figure to Debbie's daughter, Amiryn, and her granddaughter, Savannah. He and Debbie built their dream home and life together in the Texas Hill Country. Charlie loved his family and his friends. He was the best son, brother, husband, father, and friend anyone could ask for. He will be remembered most for his passion for life and his generosity.

He is survived by his loving wife, Debbie Kennedy Reasner; his parents, Charles A. and Corinne Reasner; his daughter; Cynthia Widitora and her husband Alvin; his son, Charles A. Reasner III; his step-daughter, Amiryn Klose; his granddaughter, Savanah Klose; his sister, Sandy Williams and her husband Dan; his brother, Jerry Reasner and his wife Jill; as well as many other family members and friends.

The family gathered for a celebration of Charlie's life on Sunday, June 11th in his home. In lieu of flowers the family requests that any gifts in his honor be given to the Texas Diabetes Institute (TDI) to which Charlie gave his time, energy and talents, or to honor his passion for dance, the non-profit organization "Dance All Your Life".

A celebration of Charlie's life will be held later in the year for all of Charlie's colleagues and friends and will be announced on his Facebook page.
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"To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die". Thomas Campbell
"When words are most empty, tears are most apt." Max Lucado

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