Dr. Charles W. Jarvis 1923-2012
Dr. Charles W. Jarvis, beloved and cherished husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and all around
outstanding man passed away on Saturday, December 22, 2012 at the age of 89. He was born February 17, 1923 in
Waxahachie,Texas to John Pelham Jarvis and Ruth Douglas Jarvis.
At the age of 4, he moved to Brady,Texas with his parents and brother, John Pelham Jarvis Jr., where he spent the
years of his youth. At age 9, his father died which was a profound loss that he carried with him all of his life.
He graduated from Brady High School in 1940 where he was a good student and won numerous awards
but was most proud of being the co-captain of the Brady Bulldog football team.
After high school, Dr. Jarvis went to Texas A&M for one year and then received an appointment to the US Naval Academy.
He was in the class of 1945 but due to the war, his class graduated a year early to serve on active duty.
He was sent to fight in the Pacific on the aircraft carrier, USS Langley. After the war was over, he attended
flight training in Corpus Christi, Texas and Pensacola, Florida. In 1946 he married Maxine Spiller, also from Brady,
Texas and they moved to San Diego, California where he flew anti-submarine surveillance missions.
During that time, he and Maxine had a daughter, Pamela, who was their only child. Soon after her birth, the decision
was made to leave the military to attend dental school at The University of Texas in Houston,
where he graduated 2nd in his class. Upon graduation, he and his family moved to San Marcos,Texas to practice
dentistry, where they enjoyed a wonderful life with many close friends for the next 57 years.
They joined the First Christian Church, where Dr. Jarvis became an elder and served as the president of the
church board. He was also a soloist in the choir and taught the high school Sunday school class.
He was also active with the Kiwanis Club, serving as president, and was on the board of State Bank and Trust.
Dr. Jarvis practiced dentistry for 12 years. During those years, he became very interested in public speaking and
eventually gave up dentistry to become a full time humorous speaker. During his speaking career he made
2,904 talks to various groups. He started with the Knife and Fork clubs and then branched out to many
companies such as IBM, Boeing, Tupperware, and various civic groups. Other than Alaska and Delaware, he spoke
in every state of the union at least once, flying his own plane to many of these engagements. He loved people,
loved making them laugh, and always left them with a positive message.
In the early 90ís, he gave up speaking on the tour and joined the dental school faculty of UTSA where he taught
for 2 years. After that, he retired to be at home with Maxine and occasionally spoke for different churches and
dental groups in Central Texas. In his last years, he and Maxine moved to Austin to be near family. Maxine died on
April 30, 2010 and he continued to reside in Austin until his death.