Carlos Urrutia                11 June 2017
Colonel Carlos Urrutia II, U.S. Army Air Corps, was born on
August 29, 1925 in San Antonio, TX. The son of the late Mr.
& Mrs. Herbert Cook and the grandson of the late  Dr. & Mrs.
Aureliano Urrutia passed away peacefully on  June  11, 2017
surrounded  by  his loving family.  Carlos Urrutia II was a
remarkable and honorable man who had two passions in  life;
his  wife  of  almost  60  years Yolanda, and flying the most powerful
fighter planes of his day. Carlos joined the U.S. Army  Air  Corps  on
September 4, 1943, 6 days  after  his  17th  birthday. Carlos flew the
P51D Mustang in WWII, and survived being shot down behind  enemy lines.
Among his many awards and medals, Col. Urrutia II received the presti-
gious  Distinguished  Flying  Cross  for  heroism  and   extraordinary
achievement while participating in an aerial  flight. Following  WW II,
Carlos attended Texas A&M University and  graduated  in  1950  with  a
degree  in  Geology  and  Geophysics.  After  graduation,  Carlos  was
recalled to duty by the United States Air Force and flew F-80 and F-86
fighter jets in the  Korean  Conflict, again  surviving  behind  enemy
lines.  After  returning  home, Carlos  worked  for  forty  years as a
geologist/geophysicist  and  as  a  Manager  and  Vice  President  for
Geophysical Services Inc. and later  Halliburton.  His career sent him
on assignment to over 100 countries across the globe.  Carlos  lived a
full and fulfilling life. He loved family gatherings and  celebrations,
shared  a wonderful sense of humor, and enjoyed many hobbies including
gardening, working on anything mechanical, and cheering on his  Aggies
in his beloved blue jeans  and  Texas A&M t-shirt.  He will be greatly
missed, but  his  memory  and  honor  will live on forever.  Carlos is
survived by his wife Yolanda Urrutia.  He  is  also  survived  by  his
children, Carlos  Urrutia  III, Ana  Maria O'Neal, Diana & David Grace,
Albert Urrutia, Sandra & Travis Sales and Patty  Urrutia, and  by  his
grandchildren Heather & Ryan Davis, Cristina  O'Neal, Elizabeth O'Neal,
Caroline Grace, Andrew Urrutia, Allison  Urrutia, Katie &  Brad  Kirbo,
Emily Sales and James Sales. Col. Urrutia II is also survived  by  his
great grandchildren Blythe Davis, Carson O'Neal and Jonnie Marie O'Neal.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, June 23, 2017 at 11:00am  in
the  Lady  Chapel  at  St. Ignatius  Loyola  Catholic  Church,  7810
Cypresswood  Drive,  Spring,  TX  77379, with  a reception immediately
following at the church in McGivney Hall. Entombment  will  follow a t
1:45pm at the Houston National  Cemetery  located  at  10410  Veterans
Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77038.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made  in  memory  of  Col. Carlos
Urrutia II to The Wounded Warriors Project.

Carlos supervised 3 field crews for me (Ron Weaver) in Midland in 1979
-80.  He was a very hard working, intelligent and humble man.

He would jog 2 miles every morning in Midland to stay in shape. He was
in the Air Force Reserve after he left active duty and did his monthly
service and two weeks service with the reserve all the time  while  in
Midland and was still doing that when I worked with him in New Orleans
in the early '90's. He was still flying every month for the Reserve at
that time.

Carlos was working for GSI in Colombia and had come to Bogota on break
and was staying at the Tequendama hotel, which for years was where all
the GSIers stayed. There was a reception at the time in the hotel  for
the Miss Colombia pageant but it was by  invitation  only.  Members of
the moneyed class and diplomatic corps were invited and their presence
was  announced  when  they  entered  the  reception.  Carlos, ever the
enterprising doodlebugger, dressed in his finest  suit, showed  up  at
the reception and  was announced as the Consul of Spain.  That got him
in  and  he  met  his  future wife and was engaging in an entertaining
conversation, when a loud voice announced the  entrance of "the Consul
of Spain".  Security  found  him  quickly  enough and he was summarily
expelled from the reception.  The rest is history.

He was entombed at Houston National Cemetery on Friday, June 23rd.  He
is survived by his wife Yolanda and  numerous  children, grandchildren
and great grandchildren.

Below find a link which details a little bit about Carlos' grandfather.
His grandfather was forced out of Mexico and took refuge in San Antonio
along  with a lot of other Mexican government officials in that period
of  Mexican  history.  His  grandfather donated a lot of the land that
currently comprises  Breckenridge  Park  in  San Antonio.  He was also
one of the founders of the Santa Rosa Hospital in San Antonio.

Dr. Aureliano Urrutia's Gates