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Mr. H. Douglas Steadman

Obituary for Mr. H. Douglas Steadman

October 12, 1926 - February 12, 2018
San Antonio, Texas | Age 91

"I've met the girl, I'm going to marry."

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Douglas Steadman was born to Homer Thomas Steadman & Lillian Sanders Steadman on October 12th, 1926 in Fort Worth, Texas. Doug was the eldest of four children, Ernest Clifton Steadman, Carolyn Sue Samsill and Sandra Kay Marshall.

Doug attended public schools in Fort Worth and then attended University of Texas as part of the United States Navy V-12 Program. He received his Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering and his Commission as an Ensign in the Navy in 1946. After his discharge from the Navy and while taking his post-graduate work at the University of Texas he worked as a teaching fellow, research assistant, and instructor. Doug received his Master's in Civil Engineering in 1948. He was president of the Ramshorn Club, and membership in Chi Epsilon, Tau Beta Pi, and Sigma Xi, (Honorary Societies at UT).

Doug married his childhood sweetheart. They met in Kindergarten, as he sat behind the beautiful girl with long curly dark hair, and Doug told his mother, "I've met the girl, I'm going to marry." Douglas and Jurene Nicholson were married on July 20th, 1946. Happily married for 71 years!

Doug & Jurene had five children, D. Wayne Steadman (deceased), Gary M. Steadman, S. Janene Day & husband, Alan, Darryl G. Steadman & wife, Jill, and G. Dawn Winkle & husband, Keith. Doug's grandkids: Brendan Day, married to Veronica, Sha Steadman, Zachary Steadman, and Kella Roberson. Great-grandson, Aker Day.

Doug and Jurene moved to San Antonio, Texas in 1948, when Doug joined the W.E. Simpson, Co. where he started as an Apprentice Engineer and was President, CEO and Chairman of the Board at W.E. Simpson, Co. when he retired in 1992. Doug was a registered Professional Engineer in Texas, Arizona, Kansas and Oklahoma. He was active in the Texas Society of Professional Engineers, American Society of Engineers, and Structural Engineers Risk Management Council. He is a Distinguished Engineer of the Texas Engineering Foundation (1990) and an Academy of Distinguished Alumni of the University of Texas at Austin Cockrell School of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering (2007).

During his 50 years in consulting engineering, Mr. Steadman has been in responsible charge for the structural and civil engineering of numerous significant projects, including the Alamodome, Lila Cockrell Theater for the Performing Arts, San Antonio International Airport Development, Hayes Street Bridge re-development, San Antonio Municipal Auditorium and many, many more. The H.E.B. Grocery Company entrusted their complete site development and structural engineering to his oversight for over 30 years, including the restoration of the Lighthouse Station on Lydia Ann Channel near Port Aransas owned by Charles Butt. Doug had an impressive career and was mentor to many engineers.

Doug was active in both civic affairs and spiritual matters, Doug was a Deacon and Bible School teacher for over 40 years at West Avenue Church of Christ and a Founding member of University Oaks Church of Christ. Mr. Steadman was a lifelong student and teacher of the Bible, honoring God his entire life.

Doug was a member, officer and Board member of the Rotary Club of San Antonio, committees on the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, and North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. He served over twenty years on the Zoning Commission for the City of Castle Hills, was a Cub Scout Master, mentor for children at Castle Hills Elementary, Fox Tech and UTSA. Doug was a member of the San Antonio Conservation Society, and won the 2002 Conservation Historic Preservation Award. Extensive time, and effort for over the last 10 years to affect the Restoration of the Historical Hays Street Bridge in San Antonio. The effort involved leadership in organizing community groups, securing the land and bridge, raising funds both private and government, point of contact for City and State officials. Doug led the designation of the bridge as a Texas Historical Civil Engineering Landmark and as Texas Sectional ASCE's 150th Anniversary Project. A crowd of over 300 attended the completion and grand re-opening of the Hays Street Bridge on July 20th, 2010.

To his wife, Jurene: Your special love is like a star, so radiant, so wonderful, that every time I think of you a thousand moments sparkle brightly, touch me lightly, dancing through my mind, and suddenly, the world is filled with every joy we have ever shared. All I want, or need or wish is the gentle warmth of an endless kiss, the dreams I hold for now and always, for you alone. Your love brings me the greatest joy.
Always, Doug 203XXX.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 6 from 6:30pm to 8:00 pm at Porter Loring Mortuary.

MEMORIAL SERVICE
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7, 2018
11:30AM
PORTER LORING CHAPEL

Mr. John Evans will officiate. Interment will follow in Fort. Sam Houston National Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Reagan Freiling, Gary Houston, Dick Kistner, Daniel Lasater, Patrick Sparks and Mike Teague.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations may be made in memory of Doug to the following charities:

Christ's Haven for Children
4200 Keller Haslet Road
Keller, Texas 76244-8007

Steadman Fellowship in Structural Engineering
c/o CAEE Department
University of Texas at Austin
Office of Development
PO Box 7458
Austin, TX 78713-7458

University Oaks Church of Christ
4687 Lockhill-Selma Road
San Antonio, TX 78249

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Suggested Memorial Donations

  • Christ's Haven for Children 4200 Keller Haslet Road Keller, Texas 76244-8007
  • Steadman Fellowship in Structural Engineering c/o CAEE Department University of Texas at Austin Office of Development PO Box 7458 Austin, TX 78713-7458
  • University Oaks Church of Christ 4687 Lockhill-Selma Road San Antonio, TX 78249

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1101 McCullough Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78212
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