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Capt. Chuck Mulroy


Capt. Chuck Mulroy

Nov. 3, 1947 – May 23, 2024

Charles (Chuck) Mulroy, age 76, passed away on May 23, 2024, in San Antonio, Texas. He was born in Santa Rosa Hospital, in San Antonio on Nov. 3, 1947, to George and Ida (Eberle) Mulroy.

Chuck grew up in Uvalde, Texas, where he became an Eagle Scout, played alto saxophone in his high school band, was president of the Key Club, and graduated from Uvalde High School in 1965.

Chuck graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1969 with a BBA in finance. At UT he was in Naval ROTC, a member of Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, served in student government, and lived in the Campus Guild CoOp (for two years). It was also at UT that he met his wife of 55 years, Twinkle Starr, of San Antonio. Chuck and Twinkle were married in May 1969 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in San Antonio.

Upon graduation and commissioning as a Navy Surface Warfare Ensign, Chuck and Twinkle set off for his initial training in San Diego, California. Although Chuck had a business degree and planned to become a Navy Supply Officer, the Navy decided to train him as an engineer. All of this was during the tumultuous Vietnam War Era and Chuck planned on a quick one-tour-and-out. His first assignment was as Liquid Cargo Officer on an oiler homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Well, they both enjoyed so much the good friends they made, they decided to hang in for one more, then many more tours of duty. After 31 years of service, the Navy told Chuck it was mandated that he retire.

During those 31 years, Chuck served on oilers, frigates, destroyers, staffs, and aircraft carriers. Chuck and Twinkle served tours in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Long Beach, California; San Diego, California; Newport, Rhode Island; Subic Bay, Philippines; New Orleans, Louisiana; Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Virginia. A total of 17 change of station moves. Chuck commanded USS Ramsey (FFG-2) and USS Hayler (DD-997) and served as chief of staff for Carrier Group One (Coronado, California). His shore duty commands were the Atlantic Fleet Combat Training Center (Dam Neck, Virginia) and the Pacific Fleet Training Center (San Diego, California) (interestingly, this was where he had received his initial engineering training as an Ensign).

Chuck retired as a Navy captain in July 2000. His recognitions include the Legion of Merit (four) and both the Defense and Navy Meritorious Service Medals.

Subsequent to his retirement, Chuck served as foreman of the 2001-2002 San Diego County Grand Jury and became a member of the San Diego Kiwanis Club (serving on the board and as president of its foundation).

A few years later, Twinkle completed her 30-year career as an educator, retiring as a fifth-grade teacher (her favorite grade) from Rosebank Elementary School in Chula Vista I.S.D. Chuck and Twinkle then returned to San Antonio to build their first and last house, and to be near their three grown children and families. They have seven grandchildren: Logan and Layla Mulroy, Ava and Olivia Mulroy, Lacy, Hannah and Hailey Tinnell. In addition to being a grandfather, Chuck continued pursuing his long addiction to genealogy by documenting his and other families’ histories.

Chuck was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers John and George. He is survived by his wife, Sue (Twinkle); two sons, Mark (Lisa) and Gary (Aly) both of San Antonio; and daughter Christy (Robert Tinnell) of Spring, Texas.

The family will receive friends at 9 a.m. on Monday, June 17, 2024, at Porter Loring Mortuary North.

Celebration of life: Monday, June 17, 2024, 9:30 a.m., Porter Loring Mortuary North, 2102 N. Loop 1604 E., San Antonio, Texas 78232.

Interment to follow at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery with military honors.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Texas Exes designated for The Mulroy Family Scholarship. Please address the Texas Exes, P.O. Box 142309, Austin, TX 78714, and note “The Mulroy Family Scholarship.”

You are invited to read the full obituary and sign the guestbook at www.porterloring.com.

Arrangements with Porter Loring Mortuary North, 2102 North Loop 1604 East, San Antonio, TX 78232, (210) 495-8221.

The preceding is a paid obituary.