Owen Hartwell Ivie, 92, passed away Friday, November 11, 2016, in Fort Worth, Texas. Owen, the fourth child of Curtis Buren Ivie and Virginia Shannon Ivie, was born October 1, 1924, in Navarro County, Texas.
Owen graduated from Arlington High School (1943), where he met his future wife, Yvonne Bohannon. At AHS he was a member of the football, basketball and track teams. Following high school he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. An alumnus of Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas, he studied math, which led him to a career in civil engineering. After discharge from the Navy in San Diego, he returned to Texas where he was employed by the Texas Highway Department. The engineering firm of Freese and Nichols, Fort Worth, then hired him as a project manager for projects in Bangs, Tenaha and West Texas. While working for Freese and Nichols in West Texas, he was hired by the Colorado River Municipal Water District, Big Spring, Texas, during the drought years of the 1950s. He became General Manager of CRMWD in 1965. For over thirty years he dedicated his many managerial talents and professional engineering skills in service to the people of West Texas. Owen was a man of vision in his quest to make certain that the citizens of West Texas had a sufficient and readily available source of quality water. The CRMWD Board of Directors recognized and honored him for this dedication by naming a new reservoir located on the Colorado River southeast of Ballinger the O. H. Ivie Reservoir. This reservoir currently supplies water to several large cities in West Texas. During his career Owen received numerous honors from local, area and state organizations and was named a Distinguished Colt Alumni (Arlington High School) in 2010.
After retirement in 1994, Owen and Yvonne moved to Granbury, Texas. Together they enjoyed travelling, Texas Ranger games, the Dallas Cowboys, and fellowship activities with their friends at the Granbury Church of Christ. A lifelong member of the Church of Christ, Owen faithfully read the Bible and served as a teacher and elder. Golf, fishing and hunting brought him many hours of fun.
Survivors include daughters Susan Linda Watts (Richard), Pipe Creek, TX; Sandy Massey (Bob), Joshua, TX; and Nancy Stringfellow (David), Burke, Virginia. Owen and Yvonne were blessed with six grandchildren: Peter Watts (Melissa), San Antonio; Greg Massey (Rebecca), Fort Worth; Kerry Ariail (Jammie), Keller; Kimberly Morgan, Fort Worth; Ann Stringfellow, Burke, VA; and John Austin Stringfellow (Jennifer), Sacramento, CA. Great-grandchildren include Aaron, Isaac, Daniel, and Tessa Watts; Calvin, Eliana, Zamira, and Rowan Massey; Autumn, Bethany, and Tommy Ariail; Jude and Seth Morgan; and Jefferson, Jackson, and Joshua Stringfellow; one brother, Merle Ivie (Doris), Granbury; and sisters-in-law Beverly Reynolds and Elizabeth Ohme, both of Arlington.
Services celebrating Owen’s life include a visitation Monday, November 14, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and funeral Tuesday, November 15, 3:00 p.m., both at Laurel Land Funeral Home, 7100 Crowley Road, Fort Worth. Memorial donations may be made to James L. West Special Care Center, 1111 Summit Ave., Fort Worth, Texas 76102. The family expresses its heartfelt thanks to Dr. Janice Knebl and the staff and many friends at James L. West.