Irl J. Trout, Jr. of Galveston, died peacefully on Friday, April 7, 2017. He was 84.
Irl was born on March 16, 1933 to Irl J. Trout, Sr. and Edna Jean Cornett in Fort Smith, AR. He grew up in Stigler, OK and graduated from high school in 1951. Irl attended Oklahoma City University (OCU) graduating in 1955. He met his wife Judith Ann Bailey of Guymon, OK at OCU and they were married in 1953. Together they raised four children.
Irl taught science at Central Junior High in Oklahoma City before entering the U.S Army. He served two years of active duty with a preventive medicine company stationed at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio and Fort Bliss in El Paso, TX. Irl returned to teaching for one year before beginning a decades-long career in management, sales, purchasing and distribution with the Dow Chemical Company. His career with Dow took Irl and Judy to Charlotte, NC, Midland, MI and Longmont, CO before retiring to Fort Smith where he became director of purchasing for a local community college.
Irl and Judy moved to Galveston in the early 2000’s and he became a familiar face at the UTMB Alumni Field House as a part-time employee. He and Judy left the island following Hurricane Ike but had recently returned. They are members of Moody Methodist Church.
Irl is survived by his wife, Judy, of 63 years and his children and grandchildren:
daughter Debby Duckworth and husband Mack of Seminole, TX and grandchildren Matthew O’Donnell of Lubbock, Darcy Marceau of Denver, CO and Amelia Duckworth of Dallas; daughter Becky Trout and fiancé Mike Unbehagen and granddaughter Samantha Walsdorf all of Galveston; grandchildren Kaycie Hall of Brooklyn, NY and Mitchell Hall of Brandon, MS; and son Kip Trout and grandchildren Bailey and Tyler Trout, all of St. Louis, MO. He was preceded in death by his parents and his youngest daughter, Kathy Hall.
Services are scheduled for Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 10 a.m. at Moody Memorial First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jerry Neff and the Rev. Ray Pinard officiating. The family extends sincere thanks to staff and friends at The Meridian for their caring and gracious hospitality and to Irl’s many caregivers at UTMB Health. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Irl’s memory to the Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch in Amarillo, TX or the Wounded Warrior Project.