After 57 wonderful years Ray Martin “Marty” Bozarth, Jr., of Houston, passed away on Oct. 25, 2011. He was born in Lockhart, Texas, on June 3, 1954, to the late Ray and Frances Bozarth.
He is survived by his wife, Susan Hague Bozarth; sons, Ray “Trey” Martin, III, and Carl Travis; stepsons, Christopher and Kevin Kiniry; sisters, Betsy McKean and husband, Ronnie, and Nell Sanchez and husband, James.
He graduated from Lockhart High School in 1972. While in high school, “Marty” excelled at football, playing linebacker and fullback. He went on to attend Blinn College in Brenham. In 1976, he moved to Houston and began a successful career as a salesman in the oil field tool business.
After working at Bowen Tools for 10 years, he attained the position of regional sales manager. He continued his professional career working for Canfish and Smith Services/Schlumberger.
Ray was a thoughtful and loving husband, dad, brother, and friend. Most recently, he became “Grandpa” to his only grandchild, Ray Martin Bozarth, IV. All that knew him would agree that he lived life to the fullest. Ray enjoyed the outdoors especially hunting, fishing and golfing with family and friends. He was also known as a great cook and would be the first to say he loved to eat.
Ray never met a stranger. He had friends far and wide. He was known for his sense of humor and always had a new joke to tell. Ray had the ability to tell a story or joke like no other.
Ray was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church and the Fairbanks #1363 Masonic Lodge. Many charities benefited from Ray’s generosity, ranging from United World Mission to Moulton Jamboree Pie Baking Contest to Northwest Harris County Aggie Moms’ Club.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to any of the above mentioned charities or one of your choice.
A visitation was held on Oct. 26, 2011, at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home, 13001 Katy, TX 77079. The funeral was at Grace Presbyterian Church (Chapel), Houston, Texas, on Thursday Oct. 27 at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Mike Fry and Rev. Dr. Terry Bozarth. The burial service was at Live Oak Cemetery outside of Austin in Buda, Texas, on Oct. 27 at 4 p.m.