Ewing Sinks McLarty, Jr., M.D. died on September 17, 2013 at the age of 91. He was predeceased by his wife, Patricia “Patsy” McLarty and his parents, E. Sinks McLarty, Sr. and Milda Barton. He is survived by his loving companion and former nurse of 56 years, Betty Ridens; his children, Gail Jutz and her husband, Ray; and E. Sinks McLarty, III and his wife, Kathy; and his granddaughter, Christine McLarty.
Dr. McLarty was born on October 22, 1921 in Galveston, Texas. He attended Riverside Military Academy and was a pilot with the Royal Air Force in World War II.
Sinks met his wife, Patricia “Patsy” McLarty while they both attended the University of Texas and they married in 1942. Thereafter, he graduated from Southwestern Medical School in 1953 and returned to Galveston to practice medicine with his father, Ewing Sinks McLarty, Sr. at the McLarty Clinic, which was located in the basement of the Hotel Galvez. Later, they built the McLarty Clinic where he practiced medicine until his retirement in 1995. He served as President of the Galveston Medical Society and President of the St. Mary’s Physicians Group. He was a devoted physician to his patients whom he loved dearly. He touched many lives with his compassion and tender heart.
Sinks was an avid pilot. He was the former Chairman of the Galveston Airport Commission for many years and a member of the Airport Advisory Committee at the time of his death. He loved flying his “puddle jumper” and spent countless hours “hanger flying” with his fellow pilots. He also built his own helicopter which he learned to fly and built several of his own airplanes.
Sinks was also a former member of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee with University of Texas Medical Branch. He was also an accomplished woodworker and machinist. He always enjoyed time in his workshop. He will be missed by all, who had the privilege of knowing him.
Graveside services will be held on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. at Galveston Memorial Park Cemetery in Hitchcock, with Reverend Raymond Pinard officiating.