Jesse Frank Sobotik, 93, of Houston passed away May 19, 2020, at Grace Care Center of Katy. Jesse was born in Rosenberg, Texas on June 6, 1926, to Frank Joe and Marie Ann Matus Sobotik.
Jesse graduated Valedictorian from El Campo High School in 1943. On February 29, 1944, he was accepted into the Naval Aviation Program, V-5. He was sent to Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi and after eight months he was transferred to the V-12 Program at Polytechnic Institute in Ruston, Louisiana for another eight months and was commissioned. After being stationed in Orange, Texas on a reserve ship, he was sent to Naval Supply School in Bayonne, New Jersey in October 1946. After completing his course, he was assigned to the USS Corduba, (The Rusty Bucket), a refrigerated cargo ship out of Bayonne, and delivered food provisions to our armed forces in Cuba, Puerto Rico, Trinidad, England, Greece, and Casa Blanca from January to July 1947. Lt. Jesse Sobotik was released honorably from active duty on September 9, 1947. He remained a selective reservist for many years.
He received a B.S. in Naval Science from Rice University, Houston, in 1946, B.B.A. in Accounting in 1949, and an M.P.A. in Accounting in 1952 from the University of Texas in Austin earning his CPA designation. While at the University of Texas he met the love of his life, Mary Elizabeth Zaruba. They were married on December 10th, 1955. After graduating from the University of Texas he went to work in Corpus Christi where he answered an ad for an overseas job in Venezuela. While working in Venezuela, he held various positions at Varco, Sun Oil Company and Gulf Oil Corporation. It was there he started his family. His children have fond memories of their many years abroad.
Jesse loved to travel and made several trips to Europe. While in Europe, he visited the gravesite of his brother, 2nd Lt. Stanley Sobotik (killed over Germany in WWII) who lies buried in the beautiful Netherlands American Cemetery in the village of Margraten, Netherlands. He and Mary made numerous trips throughout the United States and Canada with their children. They drove from Texas to Alaska on an adventure of a lifetime. It was this love of travel that inspired him to learn several languages to include Czech, Spanish and Russian.
Jesse is survived by his wife Mary of 64 years, daughter Deborah Ann Sobotik-Varnell of Concord, New Hampshire, her children Jason, Brian and Kelly, daughter Kathryn Grace Sobotik Minkler and husband David of Katy, Texas, their children Logan and Lyndze, son Mark Stanley Sobotik of Houston, daughter Marilyn Frances Sobotik and her longtime partner Charles Langridge of Houston, and sister Blanche Stibora of La Grange, Texas.
Jesse was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Stanley, his son Richard Stanley Sobotik and his son in law William D. Varnell.
Visitation was held on Saturday, May 30th, 2020 in the Chapel of Davis-Greenlawn Funeral Home from 10:00 a.m. until service time at 11:00 a.m.
Military Honors will be performed by the VFW of Katy Post #9182 and the American Legion of Rosenberg Post #271.
Serving as pallbearers were David Minkler, Logan Minkler, Mike Surman, Jake Surman, Mainer Gavranovic and Colin Seward.
Tributes and words of condolence may be left for the family at www.davisgreenlawnfh.com.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Greenlawn Funeral Home, 3900 B.F. Terry Blvd., Rosenberg, Texas 77471.