Obituary: Earl Tise

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Thomas Earl Tise, Jr. (Earl) age 89 died while undergoing surgery to diagnose chest pains he was experiencing. He was born on February 26, 1926, in Houston, TX, to Earl and Rosalie (Weckter) Tise. Earl and his family moved to Sugar Land, TX when he was 8. His father, who also went by Earl, was master electrician at the Imperial Sugar plant for many years. Earl Jr., or Junior as he was known as a child, inherited a strong work ethic from his dad that lasted to his last day as Earl Jr. was still doing consulting work in his final week. As he told his daughter Katy just 2 days before passing “when I turn 90 I’m going to quit working and relax a little!” Earl Jr. was a gifted athlete in high school and went on to play college basketball and even a little semi-pro baseball.
  In 1943 with World War II well underway he joined the Navy at the ripe age of 17. He served his country on the USS Saugus as a radar man making several tours of duties in the South Pacific. After the war he enrolled at Southwest Texas State College studying engineering for 2 years. In 1948 he married Paula May Farley of Houston, moved to Houston and transferred to the University of Houston. Just a short time later he turned in his books and started in the pipeline industry.
  Earl worked for his father-in-law, the long-time and well known pipeliner, Lloyd “Mizzou” Farley, who started pipelining in the 1920’s and had his own pipeline construction firm. Earl was fortunate to learn the industry from a great pipeliner. He had over a 50-year career working his way up the ladder to Construction Manager. He worked on 5 continents and was involved with building major oil and gas pipeline systems in Argentina and Algeria, and constructed thousands of miles of pipelines in a dozen other countries including the US and Canada. Working for Bechtel in the 1970’s, he was one of the first sent to Alaska in 1973 to start work on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System. He was instrumental in starting the construction of the haul road to the Yukon River, and later oversaw the construction of Spread 1, crossing the mountainous Thompson Pass and Keystone Canyon, some of the most difficult pipeline construction ever. He built pipelines far and wide from as far south as the Straits of Magellan and north of the Arctic Circle, through the Sahara Desert and in the mountainous jungles of Papau New Guinea, there were not many extremes he did not cross, but one of the most unusual job duties he had was taking a few mules with a handful of native guides on a hike to an elevation over 17,000 feet high to recover the cargo and remains of a Company plane and pilots that crashed carrying the spread payroll in Argentina in the 1950’s. Although he “retired” in 1985, he mostly worked full time until just a few years ago.
  Donations may be made to West Texas Rehab Center, 3001 S. Jackson St., San Angelo, TX 76904 or