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Mr. Wayne H. King

Obituary for Mr. Wayne H. King

May 24, 1936 - February 6, 2018
San Antonio, Texas | Age 81


Wayne Hamilton King passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on February 6, 2018. Wayne was born on May 24, 1936 in Luling, Texas. He attended schools in San Antonio and graduated from high school in Kenedy, Texas in 1954. Wayne is preceded in death by his parents, Alton and Lucille Frerking, and his brother, Bob King. He received a B.S. in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering and a Commission as an Officer in the US Army Signal Corps from Texas A&I University in 1959. He married his college sweetheart, Joyce Chandler on February 22, 1957, and left us 2 weeks shy of their sixty-first wedding anniversary. Wayne, with his bride, spent two years on active duty at Fort Monmouth, NJ and Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. He began his career in the Energy Industry in 1961 when he joined Dow Chemical in the Houston area. After 6 years with Dow and 2 years as a Consulting Engineer, Wayne joined the Coastal Corporation in Corpus Christi as Chief Design Engineer for the Gas Division. In 1974, Wayne moved back to Houston with his family when Lo-Vaca began operating as a separate subsidiary of Coastal. In 1979, the Lo-Vaca management team moved to San Antonio and on January 2, 1980, Wayne participated with the team in Valero Energy Corporation's IPO and Stock Listing Ceremony on the NYSE in New York City. His career with Valero continued until 1992 when he retired as a Senior Vice President in charge of Supply and Marketing for the Natural Gas and Gas Liquids Division. During his career, he was involved with several Industry Trade Associations including the Southern Gas Association (SGA) and the Gas Processors Association (GPA). He served on the Board of the GPA from 1978 to 1990 and as the Association President in 1988.

Wayne assumed a leadership role with his alma mater soon after graduation. He served on the Alumni Board from 1978 to 1983 and as the Alumni Association President in 1983. Also, in 1983 Wayne received a gubernatorial appointment to the Board of Regents of the University System of South Texas (USST) having governance over his alma mater, Corpus Christi State University, and Laredo State University. He served as the Vice President of the USST Board in 1988-89 and assisted in directing the merger of that System with the Texas A&M System in College Station in 1989. He has served on the Frank H. Dotterweich Endowed Professorship Administrative Committee since its inception in 1985. In 2004, Wayne was honored by his University and named a Distinguished Alumni of Texas A&M University – Kingsville (TAMUK). Wayne was again honored in 2007 when the A&M System Board of Regents named the Chemical and Natural Gas Engineering Department within the College of Engineering at TAMUK the Wayne H. King Chemical and Natural Gas Engineering Department. And in 2016, Wayne was inducted into the Javelina Engineering Hall of Fame. Wayne's civic endeavors were expressed in many ways. He served on the Board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Antonio, the Los Compadres - Friends of the San Antonio Missions Board and was an active supporter of the United Way of San Antonio. He is survived by his wife, Joyce, of 60 years, twin daughters, Dee White and husband, Robert of Boerne, Zoe King and spouse Heidi Bloch of Austin, and son, Brit King and wife Nanette of New Braunfels, four grandchildren, Robert L. White of El Paso, Jennifer Hartmann and husband Kenneth of San Antonio, Weston King of Dallas, Parker King of New Braunfels, and a great grandson, James Robert Hartmann of San Antonio. He is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Mimi Zoch of San Antonio and Judy Chandler of Asheville, NC, and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Joyce C. and Wayne H. King Endowed Scholarship at Texas A&M University - Kingsville (TAMUK - Foundation, 700 University Blvd., Kingsville, TX 78363; The family would like to especially thank his loyal caretakers, Natalie, Jesus, Julie, Mariam, Hilda, and Ivon, his physical therapist, Jonathan and River City Hospice.

Wayne was a member of Alamo Heights United Methodist Church, a long standing member of Oak Hills Country Club, and a member of The Argyle.

Memorial services will be held at Alamo Heights United Methodist Church on February 12, 2018 at 2pm.

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