OBIT: William A. Marek Sr.
William A. Marek Sr.WILLIAM A. MAREK SR. age 87, passed away March 28, 2008. William A. "Bill" Marek was born on a farm in Yoakum, Texas on June 9, 1920.After completing ten years of school, Bill dropped out to assist his parents during the depression. In spite of his best efforts, his parents lost their farm through foreclosure. Seeing no future in farming, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corp. After one year, he came to Houston and joined his brother John, who was in the process of founding the Marek Brothers Company, which after a three year interruption in which Bill served his country oversea as an aviation Mechanic, ultimately became the largest interior contractor in the South with branches in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Austin, Harlingen and Atlanta. Bill was also, together with his brothers John and Ralph, founder of Stanley Construction and Development Co. which developed several subdivisions in Harris and Montgomery counties. Bill was instrumental in expanding the early Marek Brothers Company from a predominantly residential subcontractor into the more complicated commercial area which ultimately proved to be successful. After the second generation of Marek's was able to provide management skills for the interior construction business, Bill contributed his energies to the development of Blue Bell Village, which at the time of his death consisted of more than 1,000 homes and apartments.He was a major donor in establishing St. Vincent de Paul, a transitional housing project for the poor. He was also instrumental in founding three St. Vincent de Paul thrift stores, where no one was ever turned away for whatever assistance was needed. He also served as a member of the Diocesan Building Commission for a period of ten years. Bill also served on the Board of Directors and as President of the International Association of Wall and Ceiling Contractors for several years. Bill together with his brothers John and Ralph, was instrumental in establishing the Bonita House of Hope, a 200 bed facility providing services to women with substance abuse problems.Bill is survived his two children William A. Marek Jr. and Angela and Keith McClanahan; four grandchildren William A. Marek III, Nicholas Marek, Timothy McClanahan, and Eric McClanahan; four great grandchildren; brother Ralph Marek and wife Martha. Bill also has numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.Visitation will be Sunday, March 30th from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. with a Rosary at 7:00 P.M. at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 2370 Nelwood Dr. where Funeral Mass will be held Monday, March 31st at 10:00 A.M. Interment will follow at Earthman Resthaven Cemetery, 13102 North Freeway. In lieu of flowers, family request donations be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
Published in the Houston Chronicle on 3/30/2008.