Barthel "Bart" Julian Anthony Truxillo
May 17, 1942 – April 19, 2017
Barthel “Bart” Julian Anthony Truxillo passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Bart is preceded in death by his parents, Clarence Joseph Truxillo, Sr. and Vivian Marie Barthelemy Truxillo; his brother, Clarence Joseph Truxillo, Jr. and wife Audrey Ann Brown Truxillo; beloved friend, Michael Kevin Brown; and sister-in-law, Patricia Diane Busse Truxillo. Bart is survived by his brother, Sandy Julian Truxillo and wife Jeannette Belcher Truxillo; two nieces, Natalie Ann Truxillo Pool, and Mary Geralyn Truxillo Kees and husband Stephen John Kees; two nephews, Patrick Alan Truxillo and wife Diane Eileen Nilson Truxillo, and Terrance Norman Truxillo; and four great nieces, Renee Christine Pool, Rachel Elizabeth Pool, Rosalyn Marie Stilling, and Jillian Yvonne Huff. Born May 17, 1942, in Donaldsonville, Louisiana, Bart moved to Houston in 1950 where he attended Mount Carmel High School, and received a B.S. in Architecture from the University of Houston in 1965. As a passionate historical preservationist, he restored many properties; including the Historic Magnolia Ballroom, acquired in 1968, a Queen Anne Stick Victorian home on Harvard, his residence for over 40 years, and his Galveston home on Ball Street, all of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Bart was appointed to the City Architectural and Historical Commission. He served the Heights Association, the Art Colony Association, the Greater Houston Preservation Alliance, the Diana Foundation, the Bayou City Art Festival, and the Equinox and Stages theaters. Bart helped found the Heights Historical Museum, The Old Market Square Historic District Association, and received the Greater Houston Preservation Alliance Good Brick Award. He has left an indelible mark on Houston and the Heights, and received the Key to the City for his dedication to historical preservation. The Heights Funeral Home will host a visitation on Sunday, April 23rd from 5 to 9 in the evening. On Monday, April 24th, services will be held at Holy Rosary Catholic Church; a public visitation beginning at 9:30 in the morning, followed by a Rite of Christian Burial at 10 AM. Interment will follow at Glenwood Cemetery.
Arrangements under the direction of Heights Funeral Home, Houston, TX.
- Visitation Sunday, April 23, 2017
- Rite of Christian Burial Monday, April 24, 2017
- Committal Service Monday, April 24, 2017
Barthel "Bart" Julian Anthony Truxillo
December 8, 2017
I FIRST MET BART ABOUT 45 YEARS AGO. HE WAS CLOSE FRIEND WITH A CLOSE FRIEND OF MINE WHO WENT TO SCHOOL WITH HIM. WE WERE GUESTS OF HIS IN A SMALL TOWNHOUSE AND LIVED ON THE THIRD FLOOR. I NEVER COULD MEET HIM AS HE WOULD COME HOME AND LEAVE SO QUICKLY........HE SEEMED SO BUSY WITH HIS RELATIONSHIPS ONE COULD NOT CATCH HIM! LATER, WE GOT TO KNOW ONE ANOTHER. IN FACT WHEN WE RENEWED OUR FRIENDSHIP HE WAS SO SURPRISED THAT I WAS STILL LIVING, AS SO MANY OF OUR FRIENDS WERE NOT. WHEN WE RENEWED OUR FRIENDSHIP HE CAME TO MY HOUSE WITH A PARTY INVITATION TO HIM SOME 20 YEARS eariler. Also , it should have not been a surprise that a photography friend , MICHELE MAIER, WAS ASKED TO USE PHOTOS SHE HAD TAKEN IN THE 70's for their new CD! THEY CHOOSE PHOTOS OF ME AND BART FOR THE FRONT AND BACK OF THE CD! I FEEL AND KNOW THAT BART IS MY ETERNAL FRIEND....I TRULY TREASURE THE TIME WE WERE TOGETHER AND SO LOOKED FORWARD TO THE FUTURE AND BEING WITH SOMEONE I DEARLY LOVED...............RICHARD MAIER
May 5, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
April 25, 2017
Dr. Jeanette Truxillo, Heaven has gained an angel. Thank you for sharing his sweet spirit and memories with us at HCDE. May peace and comfort blanket you and your family. Kimberly McLeod
April 24, 2017
We will miss you...
April 22, 2017
A remarkable man with a keen eye for architecture and whose sense of place has left an indelible impact on the character of Houston. Bart had wonderful taste, humor and determination and he will be greatly missed.
Sylvia (Lemmons) Munro
April 21, 2017
"It's official now! You are an "Angel in Heaven!" Thank you for introducing me to the world of the arts at age 15! You opened my eyes to such beauty! Thank you for being my friend and for loving me and my family. I'm sending champagne toasts to you in heaven!