OBITUARY: Pat Mahan, 90, of Kingsland was a World War II pilot

Pat Mahan, 90, of Kingsland, Texas, passed away Jan. 25, 2013. He was born May 21, 1922, to Laban and Hallie Clay (Humphrey) Mahan in San Antonio.

Pat married his childhood sweetheart, Mary Kathleen Glass. They eloped in 1941. Pat and Kay later became founding/charter members of Castle Hills Baptist Church in San Antonio.

He was a pilot during World War II, surviving a plane crash. After the war, he took college courses through the GI bill. Mr. Mahan’s passion for flight led him to join the Federal Aviation Administration as an air-traffic controller. In 1959, he was promoted to FAA Headquarters and worked in Washington, D.C., until his retirement in 1972. He moved back to Texas and remodeled his lakehouse on the shores of Lake LBJ in Kingsland that had been in the family since 1963. All his life, Pat was an avid gardener, fisherman and golfer. After Mary Kathleen’s death in 1996, Pat married Wanda Parker, who also preceded him in death in 2009.

Pat is survived by brother Laban “Bubs” Mahan of Blanco; daughters Kathy Mahan Lewis and husband Fred of Kingsland, Elizabeth Mahan Garrison and husband Tucker of Brevard, N.C., Patti Mahan Carico and husband Bill of Kingsland and Brandy Parker of Austin; sons Roger Parker of Lago Vista, Robert Parker and wife Christina and Alex Parker and wife Lyn, all of Granite Shoals; grandchildren Christine Garrison of Austin, Dede Garrison Kiener of Westerville, Ohio, Katie Carico Hyatt of Concord, Va., Jeffrey Clay Carico and Allie Carico, both of Lynchurg, Va.; grandchildren Austin, Alexzandra, Dawson, Seiara, Hayley, Annika and Amelia; great-grandchildren Chase Lewis, Chelsea Lewis, Reis Lewis, Ryan Lewis, Jack Simmons, Sophie Simmons, David Kiener, Jonathan Kiener, Anna Kiener, Emily Carico, Clay Carico, Cayla Carico, Tyler Hyatt, Lexi Spohn, Jasey Hyatt and Ashleigh Hyatt; and his beloved pets Maggie and Foxy.

Pat was preceded in death by mother Hallie Clay Mercer; stepfather Ira Mercer; uncle Joe Mahan; brothers George and Jimmy Mercer; and his first grandchild, William Clark Lewis.

A graveside service was Jan. 28 at Lakeland Hills Memorial Park Cemetery with Dwayne Edwards officiating. Bill Carico gave the eulogy. Elizabeth Garrison played her ukulele. Soloist Shelly Lewis sang. A reception lunch followed.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Wounded Warriors Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org or P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675; or Hoovers Valley Baptist Church, 8320 CR 116, Burnet, TX 78611, (512) 756-7313.

Arrangements by Putnam Funeral Home and Crematorium, 145 Texas Ave. in Kingsland, (325) 388-0008. An online guest register may be signed at www.putnamcares.com.