Felipe (Phil) Hernandez Tovar of Smithville, Texas, passed away on November 30, 2013. Phil was born in San Louise Potosi, Mexico on February 15,1925. He graduated from Mercedes High School, Mercedes, Texas and went on to attend the University of Texas in Austin, Texas. After college, he began his career with the Phillips Petroleum Company as a surveyor and remained employed with the company until 1965. Subsequently, he began employment with The U.S. Department of Interior, U.S. Geological Survey as a surveyor and hydrologist. After retirement he launched a second career as a Tennis Pro, teaching private lessons, and was also employed by Schulenburg Independent School District as the High School Tennis Coach, in Schulenburg, Texas. In addition, Phil Tovar, who was fluent in Spanish, mentored many high school students from Mexico, in higher level studies which included Algebra, Calculus, Physics and English. Phil Tovar served on the Smithville School Board. Phil Tovar is preceded in death by his wife, Carole Tovar, his parents and his brothers and sisters.
He was survived by his children: Phil C. Tovar, his wife Marjess Tovar of Smithville, Texas, their children Dana Tovar, grandson Jagger Tiner, Jordon and his wife April Tovar, and Leslie Tovar, his daughter Rosemarie Jean Odom, her husband Anthony C. Odom of Frisco, Texas and their children, of San Diego, California Sheri Odom, Jennifer Mueller, her husband Tyler and their children Kaylee and Tyler Jr., of McKinney, Texas grandson Travis T. Jean (son of Rosemarie Odom and Tom Jean), of Round Rock, son Jaime Tovar and his wife Imilda Tovar.
A memorial service will be held at the Smithville Church of Christ, 1416 E. Whitehead St., Smithville, Texas 78957, on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. The family suggest that memorials may be made to the Church of Christ, Smithville, Texas..