Shannon Lee Ball
November 10, 1943 – July 3, 2018
Shannon Lee Ball Died 7/3/2018 from complications from the chemo drugs treating his colon cancer. He was born in 1943 in Hot Springs, AR, the youngest of 5 siblings. He is survived by his wife, Christina, who he married in 2005, their 13 years together far too short. He always said that a relationship should be fun. It was. He is survived by his brother, Bill, who introduced him to classical music when he was a teenager. As an adult, he went on to hold season tickets to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra for 50 years. He was a voracious reader of everything from the Jack Reacher novels to the Economist. This made him conversant on just about any subject. There was nothing he could not fix, thanks to his Physics and Engineering training. Following his retirement after 34 years at Raytheon, he delighted in riding his Trike around the neighborhood. Shannon will continue to leave his imprint on this world through his daughter Stacey, her husband Kent and their children Trinity, Talon, and Xander; and his daughter Katy, her husband Shaun and their children Shea, Bryn and Luke. He touched the hearts of his two stepsons Andrew and Dominic, his wife Shauna, as well as their children Tony, Ronan and Phelan. Service will be held at Sparkman-Hillcrest August 4 at 3PM. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to his favorite charity, Operation Kindness, Carrollton TX.
- Memorial Service Saturday, August 4, 2018
Shannon Lee Ball
July 9, 2018
At E-Systems in the early 1980s, Shannon and I were interviewing and recruiting students at UT Austin. The company provided unimpressive little trinkets to offer the interviewees, such as ball point pens with the E-Systems name imprinted. After our initial visit, Shannon allowed that the students needed a more memorable souvenir of their experience. He suggested burnt orange back packs, with the company name emblazoned on the back for all to see.
As a person from England might say, “Brilliant”! This was before back packs became ubiquitous on campuses. Other companies certainly weren’t giving them away. We had happy interviewees and campus-wide advertising.
My wife and I offer our condolences to Shannon’s family. We regret that we will be out-of-state on the date of the memorial service.
July 6, 2018
Shannon was the first person I interviewed with when I came to E-Systems in 1981. As fate would have it, I never was in his group, but often worked with him over the years. Oddly, as sometimes happens, I was his supervisor when he retired. Shannon was a great person, super smart, always friendly and a great friend. He will be missed.