June 28, 1924 - May 31, 2013
Carl Fitzgerald was born in Mercedes, Texas to Chester and Dona Fitzgerald on June 28, 1924. He grew up with his family in the Rio Grande Valley where he fondly remembered riding his pony, “Ol’ Queen”, to school with his sister, Dori. He attended Weslaco High School where he graduated as valedictorian. Subsequently, Carl proceeded on to the University of Texas at Austin where he earned a B.A. in Business, Summa Cum Laude. At UT, he was active in the Tejas Club where he made many lifetime friends. He was also a member of the Texas Cowboys and served in the Naval ROTC. During WWII, he served at the Naval Communications School at Harvard. He attended UT Austin Law School.
During this time, he married his beloved wife of 57 years, Bettie McAlpin Fitzgerald. Carl was called up for active duty in the Navy during the Korean War. He served for 20 years as a Naval JAG officer. He and his family moved to many interesting places during this time. In 1968, Carl retired from the Navy and moved his family to Dallas, Texas where he entered private law practice with the firm of Mahon, Fitzgerald and Winston. While in Dallas, Carl and Bettie were members of Spring Valley United Methodist Church for nearly 40 years where they loved their Beacons Sunday School Class.
Carl was a person of many interests. He was a great naturalist and gardener and also enjoyed fishing, hunting, badminton, and bridge. Carl’s greatest love was his family and his many wonderful friends. His gift to all was his respect, openness, love of others as well as his keen sense of humor. Carl was preceded in death by his wife, Bettie McAlpin Fitzgerald; his parents, Chester and Dona Fitzgerald; his brother, Ralph Fitzgerald (WWII); and his sister, Doris Lawrence.
He is survived by his three daughters; Carla Swenson and husband, Steve, Mollie Fitzgerald and husband, Terry Farrell, Julie Broders and husband, Bill; his grandchildren, Maggie Barbato, Sam Broders, and Hannah Farrell; and great-grandchildren, Jonathan and Sophia Barbato; as well as numerous beloved nieces, nephews and friends.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 7, 2013 at Spring Valley United Methodist Church, 7700 Spring Valley Rd, Dallas, TX 75254 at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the Wounded Warrior Project P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or to the The Parkinson’s Voice Project 500 North Coit Road, Richardson, TX 75080.
Arrangements are under the direction of ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home 19310 Preston Road, Dallas, Texas 75252 214-306-6700.