TEXAS CITY — U. S. Merchant Marine, 63, of Texas City, passed away unexpectedly on May 20, 2007, while away on business with his daughter Leslie. His passing came just one week after he received the Distinguished Faculty Award for 2007 from Texas A&M University at Galveston.
Captain Karl P. Fanning
James Crowder Funeral Home-Dickinson
Captain Fanning was born on February 8, 1944, in Manhattan, New York. He graduated in 1967 as part of the second class at Texas A&M University at Galveston. Capt. Fanning served his country as a commissioned officer in the United States Navy, and the United States Merchant Marine. Capt. Fanning served in Viet Nam, Desert Shield, and Desert Storm. Among the many awards he was entitled to wear are the National Defense Service Medal, Merchant Marine Viet Nam Service Medal and the Naval Reserve designation device. He retired as a Master Mariner after his more than 30-year career in the Merchant Marine carried him throughout the world. When he retired he lived near his family’s ranch in South Park Colorado, but moved back to Texas with his family in 2001 where he resumed teaching at TAMUG. He was a Senior Lecturer and sponsor of his beloved TAMUG Student Propeller Club. He was also a Trustee of the Charles A. Freueauff Foundation which helps to fund numerous charities and hospitals throughout the country. Some of his numerous involvements include: The Counsel of Master Mariners, the Counsel of Foundations (National and State), the Single Action Shooting Society as the State Coordinator, the Galveston Propeller Club, and the Galveston County A&M Club.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Paul Polvogt Fanning and Margaret Perry Frueauff Fanning and his sister, Antoinette Fanning.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 38 years, Judy L. Fanning of Texas City; his daughters, Leslie Lynn McDowell of Richmond and Antoinette “Toni” Fanning of Galveston; his sons, Trevor Paul Fanning and wife Katie of League City, and Travis Frederick Fanning of Galveston; sister, Clare Butcher and husband Richard of South Dakota; brother, John T. Fanning and wife Rose of Colorado; his grandchildren, Jacob David McDowell and Jordan Lynn McDowell of Richmond; and sister’s-in-law Kathleen Croft of Haskell and Mary Ann Collier and husband, Jack Collier of Galveston.
A visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a Vigil at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 24, 2007, at Malloy and Sons Funeral Home in Galveston, Texas. A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 25, 2007 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Galveston, Texas.
Honorary pallbearers include Max Teare, Tom Nelson, Bill Pickavance, Greg White, Randy Holcomb, Ed Higgins, Scott Phillips, Jack Collier, Jerry Cooper, Jack Smith, Buddy Frederickson, and Jim McCloy.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to either; the International Hearing Dog, Inc. at 5901 E. 89th Ave. Henderson, Co. 80640-8315, or; the Child Advocacy Center for Galveston at 5710 Ave. S 1/2, Galveston, TX 77551.
His ashes, as well as those of his faithful dog Bell, will await his wife to join them in the Gulf of Mexico.