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Karl Stephens '57 January 12, 2021 4:23 PM updated: January 12, 2021 4:34 PM

Karl A. Stephens
February 13, 1935 - November 26, 2020

Karl A. Stephens was born in Weslaco, Texas on February 13, 1935 and passed away peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones on Thursday, November 26, 2020. He was 85 years old. Karl was preceded in death by his father, John J. Stephens, mother, Margaret F. Stephens, and brother, Craig L. Stephens. Karl was married for 55 years and is survived by his wife, Elcira, three sons, Karl Jr., John, and Frank, and six grandchildren.

After graduating from Weslaco High School, Karl joined the nationally famous Fightin' Texas Aggie Band in College Station as a bass player. Karl graduated from Texas A&M with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Husbandry in 1957 and in 1962 Karl also earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas A&M.

After college, Karl served in the U.S. Army before starting a career in the U.S. Federal Service as a finance and accounting officer. In 1963, Karl moved to the Republic of Panama where he met Elcira G. Samudio, the love of his life. Elcira (Chia) and Karl were married in 1965. While in Panama, Karl pioneered the development of procedures and computer programs to process Army civilian and local national payroll. Karl was instrumental in development and implementation of procedures to account for implementation costs of the Panama Canal Treaty of 1979. While in Panama, Karl was an active Rotarian.Wanting to enrich his children’s horizons, in 1984, Karl took his family overseas for an extended stay in West Germany. After the children left for college, Karl finally returned to the United States where he made stops at Virginia in ‘94, St. Louis in ’97, and Indianapolis in ‘99.

After 37 years of dedicated service, Karl retired from federal service as a Deputy Director Accounting for the Department of Defense. However, retirement didn’t suit Karl, so he immediately began working as a research analyst with Logistics Engineering Support Services, Inc. In 2004, Karl finally committed to retirement to care for his first granddaughter in New York. In 2005, Karl settled in Flower Mound, Texas. In retirement, Karl found happiness in volunteering as an Air Ambassador at the Dallas Ft. Worth International airport. Karl was an avid reader and enjoyed classical music, golf, cruising, and hobbies such as painting, making stained glass, and woodworking. Karl was a kind and considerate neighbor, friend, and a loving and devoted husband and father who will be missed and dearly remembered.

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