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Services held Friday, July 6 at 10 a.m. in Corpus Christi, Texas
AUSTIN, Texas – It is with deep regret and sorrow that USTA Texas acknowledges the loss of a family member when Jarrett Ryan Whittington died in an auto accident on Sunday, July 1, in Austin.Whittington, 25 was a part-time employee at USTA Texas, and was a 2010 graduate of Texas State University with degrees in mass communication and geography.
Funeral Mass services will be held at 10 a.m., on Friday, July 6 at the Most Precious Blood Catholic Church in Corpus Christi, Texas. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ryan’s name to the New Youth Center at Most Precious Blood Catholic Church and the Carroll Tiger Athletic Foundation at 5656 S. Staples, Corpus Christi, TX 78411.
"In losing Ryan, we lost a bright spirit who brought smiles to all of us in the office. He was clearly destined to be a positive and intelligent leader,” said Ken McAllister, Executive Director of USTA Texas. “All of us in the office send out our thoughts and prayers to the Whittington family and friends.”
At USTA Texas, Whittington worked in the Competitive Department and was a vital team member who worked tirelessly behind the scenes, improving the lives of Texas tennis competitors and one who cared for the players. He was known around the office as an extremely productive, hard-working staffer with a loose, relaxed, mellow and humorous personality.
“Ryan had a special way with people that was infectious,” said Steve Cobb, Director of Competitive Tennis at USTA Texas. “He could soften any difficult moment, then nail the hard jobs. He could have been a millionaire in sales, but just last week he told me, ‘I can’t sell it if I don’t believe it.”
Ryan believed in tennis. His duties at USTA Texas also included supporting sanctioned tournaments and confirming player information for National teams. He was a 2005 graduate of Mary Carroll High School where he was a member of the Tigers varsity tennis team. He also competed in the USTA Texas Junior Competitive System.
He is survived by his parents, Gary and Mary Whittington; sisters Ashley and Amanda and numerous cousins and friends.
“I take great comfort in knowing how much he knew we, his co-workers, loved him,” said Cobb. “He meant so much to so many.”