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Hubert George Gootee, M.D.

Obituary for Hubert George Gootee, M.D.

July 25, 1924 - August 3, 2017
San Antonio, Texas | Age 93

... a servant's heart ...


Hubert George Gootee, age 93, went to be with his Lord and Savior on August 3, 2017 in San Antonio, TX. He was born on July 25, 1924 to Walter Gootee and Marguerite Schick in Okmulgee, OK where he lived until he was a teenager. His family moved to Corpus Christi, Texas in 1938. During his high school years, he was a bookkeeper at the Corpus Christi Times and was working the switchboard in 1941 during the attack on Pearl Harbor. He joined the army and served in the Pacific in New Guinea, the Philippines and Manila. After the war, Hub graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and UT Medical Branch at Galveston. While in Galveston, he met Clara May Deasy, the love of his life, and they were married on April 24, 1954. They moved to New Orleans for a year where he served in the Reserve Corps of the US Public Health Service Hospital as a medical intern. Following his internship, he joined a family practice in San Antonio. Deciding to specialize in anesthesia, he completed a residency at Baylor University College of Medicine in Houston after which he returned to San Antonio where he practiced at the Nix Hospital for 37 years until his retirement in 1998. Hub has been described as the consummate physician by his peers.

Hub was a loving and generous husband and father. Out numbered 4-1 with a wife and three daughters, he had the patience of Job. As demanding as his profession was, he made the time to help his daughters with all school projects, reviewing for tests and attending their activities. He put his own interests and leisure activities aside as family time was a priority, including many memorable vacations exploring the United States.

Hub was a self made man and incredibly resourceful – he had a drive that kept him going despite many obstacles in his way. His daughters were amazed at the number and variety of jobs he took on in his early life to obtain his goal of becoming a physician.

He could do anything with his hands and was never idle. When it came to household projects, there wasn't a job he wouldn't tackle. One summer, as a young man, he built a home for his sister and her husband. He loved his farm and raising Beefmaster and Blonde d'Aquitaine cattle and tending his vegetable garden.

Hub had a servant's heart. If he saw a need, he didn't hesitate to take it upon himself to supply the solution. Countless people were the beneficiaries of his acts of kindness and concern. He had a quiet and unassuming manner with a mischievous sense of humor. He touched the lives of many people and will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

Preceded in death by his beloved wife of 63 years, Clara May, brothers Merton and Glynn and sister Carole. Hub is survived by daughters, Madeline Dunklin, Manette Owen (David), Mary Frances Churchill (Frank). Also survived by five grandchildren, Allyssa Dunklin Leslie (Eric), Miles Dunklin, Sayers Owen, Whitten Owen and Catherine Churchill (David Merritt) and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to express their appreciation to Mabel Rector and Sisters Care at the Village, doctors and staff at the South Texas Heart Valve Center and Methodist Healthcare System and Encompass Hospice for their loving care.

Visitation - Porter Loring on McCullough on Sunday, August 6th from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Memorial Mass – Monday, August 7th at 2:00 p.m. at St. Anthony de Padua Catholic Church 102 Lorenz Road, San Antonio, TX 78209

Memorials may be sent to Mission Road Ministries,, The Dallas Zoo or the charity of your choice.

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San Antonio, TX 78212
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