Published in Express-News
on March 21, 2012
Mel Corbo, born March
16, 1940 in San Antonio, Texas, went to be with the Lord after losing
his fight with cancer on March 19, 2012.
He graduated from San Antonio Thomas Jefferson High School in 1957. He
went on to Baylor University on a baseball scholarship in the fall of
1957. He signed to play professional baseball with the Los Angeles Dodgers
in July 1959. The highlight of his baseball career was in 1964 when he
won the Texas League Batting Championship with a .339 batting average,
98 RBIs and 23 HRs. He was the last native Texan to win this award.
After his playing career, he went back to school and graduated with a
Bachelor of Science in Business from Trinity University in 1970. He married
his beloved wife, Linda Fay Stevenson, of Austin, on December 27, 1969.
They traveled extensively and when not in San Antonio, they split their
time between their beautiful ranch in the Texas Hill Country and their
coast house in Rockport.
Mel spent 40 years in athletic equipment sales, selling to area schools,
churches and the military. He is well known and loved by countless coaches,
teachers, administrators, trainers, and players.
He was preceded in death by his father, Leo Corbo. He is survived by wife,
Linda Fay; sons, Coke Stevenson Corbo and wife, Dee Phillips Corbo of
Houston, Scott Stevenson Corbo and wife, Amy White Corbo of Dallas; granddaughters,
Danielle Marie and Nicole Anne Corbo of Houston, and Holli Fay Corbo of
Dallas; grandsons, Coke Phillips Corbo of Houston and Pierce Stevenson
Corbo of Dallas; mother, Ruby Corbo of San Antonio; sisters, Sandra Corbo
Davis and husband Wade Davis of Houston, and Dolly Corbo Goebel and husband
Brian Goebel of Bulverde; niece Gail Montgomery Presson and husband, Marcus
Presson of Houston; nephews, Steven Montgomery and wife Noami of San Antonio,
Tim Jett and wife Susan of Houston; great-nephews, Nick Presson of San
Antonio, and Nathan Presson of Houston; and great niece, Kiana Montgomery
of San Antonio.
The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Friday,
March 23, 2012, at Porter Loring Mortuary North Chapel.
Memorials may be made in Mel Corbo's name to Baylor University BASEBALL
Athletics, 1500 South University Parks Drive, Waco, TX 76706.