William M. Speier

Speier 2-2016

William “Bill” Marcus Speier passed away peacefully Thursday February 4, 2016 at Methodist St. John Hospital, in Nassau Bay, Texas. Bill was born and grew up in San Antonio, Texas, where he attended St. Mary’s University earning a Physics degree.  He served as a Naval Reservist and later as an Army office in the Korean War.  After serving in the military, Bill worked in Ft. Worth, Texas as an engineer at General Dynamics, where he met his wife, Lavena “Shan”.  In 1962 he joined NASA where he worked on the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, and Shuttle programs, assisting with missions to put a man on the moon and international space exploration efforts with Russia.  During his nearly 50 year NASA career, he also worked for Rockwell and Boeing.

Bill is survived by his wife of 58 years, Shan Speier, and daughter Iris Speier Gallatin and her husband Roland Gallatin currently residing in Saudi Arabia, son Steven Bret Speier of Houston, and brother Joe Speier of  San Antonio, Texas, as well as host of other relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to The Boy Scouts of America, Troop 952, at 955 Gold Mesa Court, Houston, Texas 77062, in Bill’s memory.  This is the troop in Clear Lake Forest. Bill and all of his brothers were Eagle Scouts.

Visitation will be held on Monday, February 8th from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm with a Rosary at 7:00 pm at Crowder Funeral Home – Webster. Funeral Mass will follow on Tuesday, February 9th at 10:30 am at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 18223 Point Lookout Drive, Nassau Bay, TX 77058. Interment will be at Houston National Cemetery.


  1. Bill was one of our valued experts while working at NASA. I had the pleasure of his skills in electronics and program implementation but most importantly he was a self starter and a team player. I considered him a friend and will deeply miss him in our midst. God will make him welcome and thank him for his being a faithful servant for him, his family and fellow men. Gods speed Bill.

    Larry E Bell
  2. My deepest sympathies to the entire Speier family. Bill was a super guy and a pleasure to work with. Godspeed Bill.

    Steve Gaylor
  3. I had the privilege of working with Bill for about 10 years. He was a Shuttle Avionics Integration expert within the Space Shuttle Program Office. Bill was appreciated for his technical expertise, his work ethic, and his programmatic insight. May the peace of Christ be with your family during this time of need.

    Lambert Austin
  4. Bill was such a sweet and fun man! Although it has been ages since I have seen any of the family, I am very sad to hear that he has passed away. I pray that you will all be blessed with wonderful memories as you learn to live in a world without him.

    Phyllis Burton Dacus
  5. My deepest condolences. His son was married to my cousin Chrystal many years ago and I remember spending Thanksgivings at his home. He was always a kind man. My heart goes out to Shan, Steve and Iris.


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