William Dennis Dugat Jr.
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The Reverend William Dennis Dugat, Jr. died January 11, 2012, at his home in Fredericksburg, Texas. He was born January 12, 1934, in Beeville, Texas, to William D. and Francisca (Kessler) Dugat. He graduated from A.C. Jones High School Beeville, Texas. Bill. Jr. graduated from Texas A&M College in 1955 ,with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Husbandry. While at A&M, he was a member of the Cadet Corps, commander of Squadron 16, and was commissioned an officer in the United States Air Force. He served as a pilot of KC 97 aircraft in the Strategic Air Command. On July 9, 1955, he married Mary Gwendolyn Echterhoff in San Antonio, Texas.

After the Air Force, Bill Jr. was a private pilot and worked in the San Antonio stock yards. He later became a land man for Sinclair Oil Company in the early 1960s, where he gained extensive knowledge of the oil and gas industry, which became invaluable as he managed his family’s ranch in Lavaca County. Following his land man work at Sinclair, Bill Jr. began a career with B.D. Holt Caterpillar selling heavy equipment throughout South Texas and eventually becoming an owner with Pete Holt in Maquinaria Holt, a company located in Weslaco and Victoria Texas, which sold used heavy equipment and parts in Mexico and South Texas.

Bill Jr. was an Episcopalian from birth and active in the church as a lay person and member of the clergy. While a lay person, he completed EFM (Education for Ministry), a four-year program from Sewanee University. After retiring from his heavy equipment business, Bill Jr. underwent additional training and was accepted into the initial Canon 11 program for candidates for the Episcopal priesthood. He was ordained into the diaconate of the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of West Texas on March 25, 1988. After passing examinations he was ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church on September 13, 1988. He served as Vicar at St. James Episcopal Church Hallettsville, Texas. At that same time Bill Jr. was a priest in the Partners in Ministry program, serving Episcopal churches in Goliad, Cuero, Yoakum, Port Lavaca, Kenedy, and Edna. In 2004, Bill Jr. and Gwen moved to Fredericksburg, Texas, where Bill Jr. was assistant rector at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church. In addition to being a priest, Bill Jr. served the Diocese of West Texas on the Small Church Task Force, Board of Examining Chaplains, the Discernment Committee, the Diocesan Education for Ministry Coordinator and a trustee for the Episcopal Church Corporation, as well as mentor for other EFM students. He was fluent in Spanish and conducted the first Spanish language Cursillo in the Diocese of West Texas.

Bill Jr. and Gwen lived and had many friends in several cities in South Texas including Portland, Weslaco and Victoria.

Bill Jr. enjoyed restoring Jeeps and vintage Ford Thunderbirds, playing the accordion, piano and harmonica, and collecting coins, antique toys, and Aladdin Kerosene Lamps. He was a stockholder in the Aladdin Mantle Lamp Company. Bill Jr. was a long-time, active member of Rotary International, serving as president of the Sunrise Club in Victoria, Texas and as a member of the Fredericksburg Morning Rotary Club. He was awarded multiple Paul Harris Fellows and was presented the Distinguished Lifetime Service Award.

Bill Jr. listened intently with understanding and acceptance and gently shared his wisdom with those around him. He was filled with an incredible wealth of knowledge in myriad disciplines. He was a mentor spiritually and practically to family, friends, Boy Scouts, and other countless people that crossed his path.

Bill Jr. was preceded in death by Gwen, his wife of 55 years, and his parents. Bill Jr. and Gwen are survived by their children, Wendy D. Schneider (Rob) of Dripping Springs, Bill Dugat III (Kathy) of Austin, and Suzanne D. Marshall (Mike) of Pensacola, Florida; seven grandsons, Davis Schneider, Thad Schneider, Will Dugat (Susan), Josh Dugat, Ben Marshall, Sam Marshall, and Luke Marshall; his sister, Diana Braly of Beeville, and a brother-in-law Durward Jolley (Sherry) of Seguin.

Funeral services for Rev. Dugat were at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 21st, in St. Barnabas Episcopal Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Boy Scout Troop 137 of Fredericksburg, Rotary International, Dugat Scholarship at St. Barnabas, or the charity of one’s choice.

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