Edwin Donovan was called home to Heaven on Wednesday, June 20, 2012.
He was born Edwin Wesley Donovan on February 16, 1945 to Floyd and Margaret Donovan at the old Methodist Hospital in downtown Houston.
After graduating from Reagan High School located in the Houston Heights, Ed started working for Rice University. At Rice he became involved and loved working in the field of Geology. September 1969 Gulf Oil Corp. offered Ed a position in their lab located in their Houston facility. He immediately jumped on this opportunity.
Ed’s work in this field accompanied by classes at the University of Houston, culminated in his employment with Gulf Oil. Gulf promoted him as a Geologist in 1980. In 1984 the largest merger in history took place when Chevron purchased the Gulf Oil Company. After 1984 Ed survived two more major mergers when Chevron purchased Texaco Oil Corp. and Unocal Oil. After a brilliant, successful and fulfilling 38 years of service as a Geologist with Gulf Oil and Chevron Oil, Ed retired from Chevron on October 31, 2007.
May 2008 Chevron called Ed back as a part-time consultant. He continued in this capacity for Chevron until June 1, 2012.
Ed was predeceased in death by his parents, and his loving step-daughter Cindy.
He is survived by his wife and “Soul Mate” Ceil (Cecelia Ann Donovan): his sons Troy and Freddy, their wives Dana and Jennie. Also his step-sons David and wife Shawn, Sean Patrick Sr., John and wife Sharon, and 12 precious grandchildren: Tristan, Connor, Taylor Anne, Ethan, Gabrielle, Erin, Ryan, Chloe, Lauren, Danielle, Jacob and Sean Patrick, Jr.
Also his sister JoAnn Swanson, nephew Rick and wife Cristina, niece Jan and grandnephews Kevin, Nathan and Derrick Swanson. A viewing will be held in the Narthex (foyer) of St. Bartholomew the Apostle Catholic Church from 1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. prior to his funeral mass at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, June 22, 2012 with Rev. John Kha Tran, Celebrant.
An urn committal service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 12, 2012 at the Texas Liberty Mausoleum Chapel at Memorial Oaks Cemetery.
Ed has requested to be cremated after his funeral mass. Ed’s wish is that in lieu of flowers Memorial Contributions may be made, in his memory, to St. Bartholomew the Apostle Catholic Church, 5356 Eleventh Street, Katy, TX 77493.