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Washington Irvin Stevens


W. Irvin Stevens, 94, of Bandera, passed away Sunday, August 24, at his home in Bandera. Irvin was born in a small house off of FM 2828 in Medina, Texas on August 21, 1920, to Samuel Irvin and Lucy Ida Bush Stevens. He was a descendant of Jack Stevens, who came to Bandera County at the age of 12, in 1854, and CW Bush, arriving shortly thereafter. Irvin lived his entire life in Bandera County.
Irvin attended school in Bandera and worked on his parents' farm. He worked various ranches through the years including the Sid Stevens Ranch, the Montague Ranch and the Kyle Ranch. He was a skilled mechanic working for several establishments in the area until building his own garage business, first in Pipe Creek, then in Bandera at the corner of FM 3240 and Dallas Street. In the late 1960s he gained a real estate license and brokered his own company in Bandera until he retired.
On September 22, 1940, Irvin married Estella Lena Crenwelge in Pleasanton, Texas. They had two children.
Irvin is survived by his son, Rocky Irvin Stevens and wife, Geni of Houston; his daughter, Gail Nadine Stevens Joiner of Bandera; two granddaughters, Bobbi Jo Campbell Aleman and husband, Jesse of Orlando, Florida and Melinda Ann Stevens of Austin and three great grandsons.
Irvin was predeceased by his parents, Samuel Irvin Stevens and Lucy Ida Bush Stevens and by his wife, Estella Lena Crenwelge Stevens.
A memorial service is scheduled for Monday, September 8, at Grimes Funeral Chapel in Bandera at 6 pm. His ashes will be laid to rest at a later time by family members in the Oak Rest Cemetery in Medina.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzafar Shrine Hospital Fund, 901 North Loop 1604 W., San Antonio, Texas 78232 or a memorial contribution may be made in his name at the same address.