Spencer Roe “Rainbow” Baen

Posted: Wed 3:25 PM, Jun 11, 2014
Funeral Home: Mission Park Funeral Chapels South
March 20, 1921 – May 30, 2014

The Family of “Rainbow” Baen is sharing the news of his passing at his home in San Antonio. Holding hands with his sons John, Peter, and Paul, his earthly life of significant successes came quietly to an end…

Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, he attended Texas A&M, graduating in 1943. Upon graduation he was commissioned as an officer in the US Army and married Joyce Kirkland, also of San Antonio. During his distinguished military career, he received Masters and Doctoral degrees from Cal Tech, and was twice awarded The Legion of Merit.

“Rainbow” and his wife Joyce retired to Bryan, Texas in 1970 where he began his second career as an administrator at his alma mater, Texas A&M University. After an extended illness and hospitalization, Joyce passed away in 1982.
In 1984 he married Pat Castillon of Fort Worth, Texas, who relocated to Bryan. Together they would volunteer their time and talent at St. Andrew’s church in Bryan and other many worthy projects and organizations. They enjoyed extensive travel and hosting friends for Texas A&M football games.
In August 2002, “Grandmother Pat” died in her sleep and in 2005 Rainbow moved back to San Antonio, Texas to live at the Air Force Village. When returning through the gates of AFV-II he would always comment: “It’s great to be home!”

He was predeceased by his wives, Joyce Kirkland Baen and Pat Castillon Baen; and daughter, Rosemary Kay Baen Brooks, of Dripping Springs, Texas.
He is survived by his eldest son, John Spencer Baen and his wife Jamie of Argyle, Texas, son, Peter Roe Baen and his wife Dee Dee of San Marcos, Texas, son, S. Paul Baen of Ingleside, Texas; step-daughter, Karen Castillon Burpo and her husband Chris Burpo of Alpharetta, Georgia; and numerous loving and caring grandchildren and great-grandchildren living throughout Texas.
A memorial service is scheduled for 11:00 AM on Friday, July 18, 2014 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in San Antonio, Texas. Following the service, a reception will continue at the Air Force Village II “Vista”.
In lieu of flowers, the Family asks that donations be considered in the honor of Spencer Roe Baen to St. Andrews Episcopal Church of Bryan, TX; 217 W. 26th St., Bryan, TX 77803; The Texas A&M Foundation, 401 GEORGE BUSH DR. College Station, TX 77840; Air Force Villages Widows Fund, 5100 John D. Ryan Blvd. San Antonio, TX 78245 or other church/school of preference.
Those that know there is a God, or better still, know God personally, can always bask in his Love. As often demonstrated by Spencer “Rainbow” Baen, we can be Blessed by and/or Bless others by the Light that comes from a childlike faith in God.
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