Dwain Erwin

May 16, 1933 ~ October 8, 2019 (age 86)


Dwain Erwin was born on May 16, 1933, in a classic East Texas pioneer home built by his great grandfather in 1865 in San Augustine County, Texas. His family moved to Jefferson County in 1941. Dwain graduated from Nederland High School in 1951 and from Sam Houston State Teacher's College in 1955 where he was a charter member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. While attending college, Dwain met Georgia Mae Farmer of Houston, Texas whom he married in September of 1954. His oldest son Victor was born in 1955, at the same time that Dwain entered law school at The University of Houston. Upon graduating law school and passing the Texas Bar Exam in 1958, Dwain entered private practice in Houston. In 1960, he accepted a position as Assistant Attorney General of Texas and moved his family to Austin, Texas where his second son Travis was born in 1962. Later that year, Dwain moved his family back to Houston and re-entered private practice. In 1967, Dwain joined the National Labor Relations Board where he worked until his retirement in 1988. Dwain and Georgia built a home in 1973, directly across the road from the house that Dwain was born in, and moved there upon their retirement in 1988.
Dwain passed away on October 8, 2019. He was preceded in death by his wife Georgia. He is survived by his sister Jo Ann Alexander (Charles Alexander) and by his companion Joanne Smith with whom he shared many adventures in the last years of his life. Dwain leaves behind a loving family including his sons and daughters-in-law Victor Frank and Gigi Gott Erwin and Travis Randall and Tonya Dee Erwin, grandchildren Charles Henry Erwin (Jamie Walker), Katharine Anne Erwin Gregory (Shawn Gregory), Andrew Alan Scoggin (Marica Bernardy), Thomas Ross Erwin, Audrey Ann Erwin Sirgo (Grant Sirgo), Hope Elizabeth Erwin, Emily Ann Erwin and great-grandchildren Georgia Louise Erwin, Sarah Katharine Gregory, Henry Walker Erwin and Anna Hope Sirgo
Dwain lived a long and colorful life which gave him fodder for the many interesting stories he told so eloquently on his porch in East Texas and on his patio in Marfa, TX. He loved to hunt deer and was an avid saltwater fisherman through most of the sixties. A fifth-generation Texan, he taught his sons and grandchildren an appreciation for the piney woods of East Texas and the mountains of West Texas. He placed a high value on education and made sure through constant encouragement that his sons graduated from college. He was very proud that his children and grandchildren all graduated from fine schools - The University of Texas, Texas A&M University, the United States Military Academy at West Point, The University of Texas at Arlington, Texas Tech University and Oklahoma University. Dwain was an excellent cook and the family holds many fond memories of eating his bar-b-que, gumbo, and chili while drinking cold beer and listening to him exercising his gift as a storyteller. Everyone who knew him agrees that they'd never met anyone quite like him. He will be missed.
To honor Dwain's life there will be a private graveside service at the Little Flock Cemetery in San Augustine County. Pallbearers are Roland Marshall, Frank Marshall, Ross Pulliam, Judson Cole, Kevin Deubner, Lance Sebesta, and Jason Sebesta.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations are made to the Little Flock Cemetery Association, 561 CR 4330, Bronson TX 75930 or the American Cancer Society.

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