Larry Hinson

Larry Hinson

Larry was born on November 6, 1935, in Mt. Healthy, Ohio and went to Heaven on October 18, 2019 at the age of 83.  He was the son of Al and Ina Hinson; both are deceased.  He had two brothers, Ron, who lives in Meridian, Idaho and Darryll, who is deceased.  Larry graduated Mt. Healthy High School in 1953 where he excelled in football, basketball, and track.  He graduated in 1957 from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio with a BA in Chemistry.  He was a member of Signa Phi Epsilon fraternity.

On December 27, 1957 he married the love of his life, Jacqueline Sauer, and they moved to Kingsville, Texas where he joined Celanese Chemical Company as a chemist.  They had three wonderful children Larin, Julie, and John.  Larry earned an MBA in 1973 from Kingsville Texas A&M University which allowed him to change from a technical to a managerial career path. He spent the rest of his career managing chemical plants in different states.  Larry retired in Florida from Mobil Mining and Minerals Company in 1996.  They then returned to his beloved Texas.

As an adult, Larry maintained his interest in athletics.  He organized and played in a semi-pro basketball league in South Texas.  At Miami University, he earned a water safety and instructor certification and gave swimming lessons to both children and adults.  He loved to snow ski and was an avid tennis player.  He was introduced to tennis by his son in the 1980’s.  He always said “What I lack in skill, I make up for in enthusiasm.”  Larry was a dedicated runner and even carried the torch in Houston for the 1984 summer Olympics.

Larry and Jacqueline traveled extensively in the U.S. and abroad including Israel, Egypt, France, Germany, Italy, Austria, Belgium, British Isles, Scandinavia, Russia, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji.  Larry and Jacqueline bought a small cabin in Michigan from his parents and spent over 20 summers there hiking, fishing, boating, and skiing.

Wherever they lived, Larry was always active in the community and the church.  He served as Kiwanis Club president and member, chairman of the Gulf Coast United Way, Boy Scout Master, Sunday school teacher, choir member, Stephen Minister and leader, and Chair of several church boards.  In 1986 Larry received his Stephen Minister training in St Louis, Missouri, from Rev. Kenneth C. Haugk, founder of Stephen Ministries.  He led this ministry at LaPorte Community Church along with his wife Jacqueline.

Larry sang tenor in church choirs for 54 years in four states.  He loved all types of music, especially blue grass and gospel.  He delighted his family with ukulele playing and was especially pleased when he joined the Friendswood Methodist Church “Glory” gospel band and sang harmony; his granddaughter, Laura, joined soon after and played the guitar with them.

Larry was a loving husband and mentor to his children and his grandchildren. What Larry valued most in life was God, his family, friends, and people in general.  He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline, of 61 years, his daughter Larin (husband, Gerry Anderson), and their three children, Brendon (Thuanny), Nicholas, Jory (Elizabeth).  Daughter Julie, and her two children, Seth (Karen), and Laura.  John (wife, Shelly), and their three children, Joshua, Caleb (Elissa), and Kate, and his five great grandchildren, Sebastian, Bexley, Nora, Rachel, Aida and one on the way!

Larry’s body has been donated to UTMB Medical School.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made in Larry’s name to the Amyloidosis Foundation or the music ministry of Friendswood Methodist Church. 

Celebration of Life will be held at Friendswood Methodist Church, 110 North Friendswood Drive, Friendswood, Texas  77546 on Nov., 8 at 11:00 A.M.

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