William Howard Haun


William Howard Haun, age 85, died peacefully in his home on Friday, June 9, 2017.


Howard was born on January 22, 1932, in Van Alstyne, the son of William Russel Haun and Flora Matilda Haun. He graduated from North Texas State College (currently the University of North Texas) with both Bachelor of Business Administration (Insurance) and Master of Business Administration (Insurance) degrees. Howard was a lifetime employee of Employers Casualty Company in Dallas, working as an underwriter, rising to the position of vice president before his retirement. He also was an instructor in insurance at North Texas State College for many years.


Howard also earned an Associate’s Degree in Viticulture and Enology from Grayson County Community College after his retirement, which he put to good use managing his vineyard and making wine.


Howard was married to Bettye Lynn Spence on November 18, 1951, in Denton, and the couple moved to Plano in 1954. Howard served his community as a little league baseball coach, as a member of the Lions Club, as an elder and Sunday school teacher in the First Presbyterian Church in Plano, and as the secretary for the charter commission in 1960-61 which resulted in a change in the city of Plano government structure. After moving back to his childhood home near Van Alstyne, Howard served as an elder in the Covenant Presbyterian Church in Sherman and as a volunteer with the Grayson County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) organization.


Howard is preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Bettye Lynn Haun and by his sisters Lucy Haun and Norma England. He is survived by his son Michael Haun and wife Julia of Plano; daughter Gaelyn Wagner and husband John of New York, New York; grandchildren Robert Haun and wife Melissa of Copper Canyon, Julia Bozone of Plano, Kathryn Haun Black and husband Caleb of Safford, Arizona, Michael Wagner, Jessi Wagner, and David Wagner, all of New York, New York; great-grandchildren Cooper Haun and Reid Haun of Copper Canyon; and sister Alta Faye David and husband Ed of Van Alstyne.


A service of witness to the resurrection will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 25, 2017, at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 322 W Pecan Street, Sherman.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Home Hospice of Grayson County or to the charity or ministry of your choice.