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Valerian 'Val' Huvar


Valerian Dennis Aloysius "Val" Huvar, 93, of Victoria, passed away Thursday, March 21. He was born Oct. 19, 1919, in El Campo, the second of four children to Fred and Stella Holcak Huvar.
Val began his education at Nazareth Academy, transferring to St. Joseph's for first grade. After graduating from St. Joseph's High School in 1937, he worked at a variety of jobs prior to entering the United States Army's Air Corps on Dec. 31, 1941.
After completing basic training at Ellington Field in Harris County, Val served at Randolph Field in San Antonio, South Plains Army Field in Lubbock and the ordinance depot outside of Manila, Philippines. He was discharged on Feb. 5, 1946, with the rank of master sergeant.
On May 4, 1947, Val married Luella "Lu" Edwards Knowlan. The couple had four children - Charlotte, Carolyn, Dennis and Michael.
During the late 1940s and early 1950s, Val worked at the Goodyear tire store, Montgomery-Ward catalogue store and the First Victoria National Bank. While working at the bank, friends urged him to run for Victoria County Clerk. After a spirited campaign, Val emerged successfully in 1954, taking the oath of office on Jan. 1, 1955. Thereafter, Val ran unopposed for re-election, and served as county clerk until 2011, establishing an enviable precedent for elected officials in Victoria County. No other elected official in Victoria city or county has equaled or surpassed the number of years that Val served as county clerk.
During his tenure, he was active in the County and District Clerks Association, serving as the organization's president in 1963-64. Additionally, Val was named the Outstanding County Clerk of Texas by the Texas Association of Counties and District Clerks in 1970.
He was also an active member of St. Mary's Catholic Church as president of the Parish Board, lector, congregation song leader, choir member and Eucharistic minister. For his numerous personal contributions and eternal loyalty to the Catholic Church, he received the Pro Ecclesia Pontifice medal and diploma.
Val also held membership in the VFW and the American Legion.
Survivors include his children, Charlotte Kizer of Baytown; Carolyn Wright of Victoria; Dennis Huvar and his wife, Brenda, of Pipe Creek; and Michael Huvar and his wife, Karen, of Victoria; sister Marguerite Epperhart of Houston; brother Edward Huvar of Houston; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren - with one on the way - as well as by nieces and nephews and many extended family members.
He was predeceased by his wife, Luella Huvar; parents; and brother Fred Huvar, Jr.
A mass of Christian burial was held Wednesday, March 27 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, with Rev. Dan Morales officiating. Burial with full military honors under the direction of the Victoria Veterans council followed at Resurrection Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Wayne Myers, John Hammack, Richard Voigt, Kevin Janak, Wayne Dierlam and Judge Robert Whitaker. Honorary pallbearers were Stuart Posey, Rex Easley Sr., Nancy Brown, Sheila Knight, James Carter and employees of the Victoria County Clerk's Office during Val's tenure.
The family would like to express special thanks to Val's caregivers, Brook, Linda, Brittany, Sandra and Tracy.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of South Texas, St. Mary's Catholic Church or St. Joseph High School.
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