Dr. Charles W. Jarvis, beloved and cherished husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and all around outstanding man passed away on Saturday, December 22, 2012 at the age of 89. He was born February 17, 1923 inWaxahachie,Texasto John Pelham Jarvis and Ruth Douglass Jarvis.
At the age of 4, he moved toBrady,Texaswith his parents and brother, John Pelham Jarvis Jr., where he spent the years of his youth. At age 9, his father died which was a profound loss that he carried with him all of his life. He graduated fromBradyHigh Schoolin 1940 where he was a good student and won numerous awards but was most proud of being the co-captain of the Brady Bulldog football team.
After high school, Dr. Jarvis went to Texas A&M for one year and then received an appointment to the US Naval Academy. He was in the class of 1945 but due to the war, his class graduated a year early to serve on active duty. He was sent to fight in the Pacific on the aircraft carrier, USS Langley. After the war was over, he attended flight training in Corpus Christi, Texasand Pensacola, Florida. In 1946 he married Maxine Spiller, also from Brady, Texasand they moved to San Diego, Californiawhere he flew anti-submarine surveillance missions. During that time, he and Maxine had a daughter, Pamela, who was their only child. Soon after her birth, the decision was made to leave the military to attend dental school at The University of Texas in Houston, where he graduated 2nd in his class.
Upon graduation, he and his family moved to San Marcos,Texas to practice dentistry, where they enjoyed a wonderful life with many close friends for the next 57 years. They joined the First Christian Church, where Dr. Jarvis became an elder and served as the president of the church board. He was also a soloist in the choir and taught the high school Sunday school class. He was also active with the Kiwanis Club, serving as president, and was on the board of State Bank and Trust.
Dr. Jarvis practiced dentistry for 12 years. During those years, he became very interested in public speaking and eventually gave up dentistry to become a full time humorous speaker. During his speaking career he made 2,904 talks to various groups. He started with the Knife and Fork clubs and then branched out to many companies such as IBM, Boeing, Tupperware, and various civic groups. Other than Alaska and Delaware, he spoke in every state of the union at least once, flying his own plane to many of these engagements. He loved people, loved making them laugh, and always left them with a positive message.
In the early 90’s, he gave up speaking on the tour and joined the dental school faculty of UTSA where he taught for 2 years. After that, he retired to be at home with Maxine and occasionally spoke for different churches and dental groups in Central Texas.
In his last years, he and Maxine moved toAustin to be near family. Maxine died on April 30, 2010 and he continued to reside in Austin until his death.
Dr. Jarvis is survived by his daughter Pam Foster and her husband John, grandson Christian Foster and wife Megan, granddaughter Missy Hajra and husband Neeshu, two great grandchildren, Riley Foster and Brady Foster, all of Austin, Texas; niece Phyllis Norvell, and two grand-nieces, Amber Hindley and Nicole Mead.
Celebration of Life Services will be conducted at 1:00 P.M., Sunday, January 13, 2013, at Pennington Funeral Home, with the Rev. Mark Newton. Reception to follow at the Crystal River Inn.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in memory of Dr. Jarvis to the First Christian Church, 3105 R.R. 12,San Marcos,Texas 78666 or a charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements under the care and guidance of Pennington Funeral Home, 323 N. Comanche Street, San Marcos, Texas 78666, 512-353-4311. Obituary and guestbook online at www.penningtonfuneralhome.com. If would like to view Dr Jarvis Memorial Service please click this link http://app.eventbywire.com/
Liz EnnisDecember 28th, 2012 on 7:28 pm
I am saddened for us, but joyous for the reunion of the greatest old friend for Don and MaryAnn. Maxine will be dancing too. Dr.Jarvis’ integrity and sense of humor will be sorely missed on this earth which needs others to follow his lead. Thank you Dr. Jarvis for the laughs, genuine friendship, and the community leadership you gave San Marcos!
Celeste BradenJanuary 1st, 2013 on 8:45 pm
Our parents’ friendship started in 1949 (before there were the 10 Braden kids!) Your father and mother were special people. My deepest condolencses to you.
Cindy RayJanuary 2nd, 2013 on 6:43 pm
My heartfelt sympathies to you Pam and the extended families. Just a precious man ….
Shirley JohnsonJanuary 5th, 2013 on 1:54 am
I am happy for Dr. Jarvis, that he is once again with Maxine. I know he missed her so. I appreciate that he was a buddy to my dad, Alford, and so kind to me as well. I will miss him but will see him again. My sympathy to you, Pam, and the remainder of your family.
Col George O Lewis, USAF (Ret)January 7th, 2013 on 3:57 pm
Thank you, Charles, for your service to our country.
Kathy FiteJanuary 9th, 2013 on 3:19 pm
Thank you, Charles, for all the help you gave to me and for all the joy you brought to everyone!