Central Texas Chapter
CTEHA Update


Hey there from Central Texas!

Our spring conference was May 17th & 18th in San Marcos. We had some great speakers and a fantastic turn out! The happiest bit was the amount of people who came out to social hour! Food was shared, glasses were clinked and new friends were made!

During our business meeting, the chapter voted to add a parliamentarian to the governing council and to purchase two new laptops and projectors.

Our winter conference, which is free to members, is set for November 9th. See you there!


 In Rememberance of Mark Brinkley 

Services Tuesday for Mark Brinkley  Mark Austin Brinkley, 61, retired Director of Environmental Health for the City of San Marcos, passed away at home in Buda, Texas on May 22, 2018.
Born on October 4, 1956 to Margery Ruth Mahaffey Brinkley and Harold Lloyd Brinkley, Sr., Mark grew up in Weatherford, Texas. A great athlete, he played defensive tackle for the championship Texas Tech Red Raiders in 1976 and graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Physical Education in August, 1981.
On March 27, 1982 Mark married the love of his life, Nancy Diane Lange, in Austin, Texas.
Mark was a man of faith throughout his life. He was baptized in the Church of Christ in his youth, worshipped at Good Shepherd Lutheran in Buda for 19 years, and for the past 14 years, participated in Sunday services and monthly Bible studies at Bethany Lutheran Church in Austin. A lover of the great outdoors, he enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, riding his motorcycle, hiking, and was a great barbecue chef.
Mark worked in construction before joining Hays County as a Sanitarian from 1985 until 1991. He was hired as a Sanitarian for the City of San Marcos on Oct. 1, 1991 and was promoted to Chief Sanitarian in 1993. 
After serving as Acting Director for half a year, Mark took the reins of the City’s Environmental Health operations in June of 1999, including animal services, community cleanups, food protection, disease vector control and inspecting on-site sewage facilities.
Mark offered his leadership through technological change, multiple floods (one of which struck during a community cleanup), and the transformation of the old animal pound into the regional Animal Services operation that it is today.
He earned numerous awards and recognitions over the course of his career, including the Meritorious Service Award from the Texas Environmental Health Association. He served on the Texas Municipal League board and was president of the Texas Association of Municipal Health Officials. 
After retiring, Mark worked part time for the City of Kyle in code enforcement. He also contracted with the City of Kirby as a code enforcer.
Mark Brinkley gives Santa Claus a lift on  his Harley to Sights & Sounds of  Christmas. 
Mark is survived by his beloved wife of 36 years, Nancy Diane Lange Brinkley; mother, Margery Ruth Mahaffey Brinkley; sister Paula Brinkley Godi; brother Harold L. Brinkley Jr., all of Weatherford; mother-in-law Vera Hanson Lange of Buda; brother-in-law, Ronnie and Lee Ann Lange of Dripping Springs; sister-in-law Lori Ann and Eric Beckers of Buda; nieces and nephews Cara and Mike Goins, Ann Godi, Jaime Godi, Joe and Leslie Hunt, and August Lange; six great-nephews and one great niece.
He was preceded in death by his father, Harold L. Brinkley, father-in-law Glenn L. Lange, and nephew James Godi.
Visitation will be held on Monday, May 28 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Harrell Funeral Home, 1715 Kirby Street, Kyle. 
A celebration of his life will be held Tuesday, May 29 at 2 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church, 3701 W. Slaughter Lane, Austin, officiated by Pastor Bill Knippa and Chaplain Don Muchow. 
Pallbearers will be Joe Hunt, August Lange, Eric Beckers, Harold Brinkley Jr., James Hanson, Ryan Howard, David Voss, Dan Voss, Doug Voss and Mike Goins. Honorary pallbearers will be Ronnie Lange, Ron Gregory, Robert Piper, David McMillan, Jack Stolle and Bert Stratemann. Following a funeral procession escorted by the Kyle Police Department and the Precinct 2 Constable’s office, interment will be at the Kyle Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to Bethany Lutheran Church or the San Marcos Animal Shelter.