Justin Keith Springer
On Monday, The Houston Football Chapter of the Texas Association of
Sports Officials lost one of their own. Justin Springer, Football
Chapter Vice President, Educator, Missionary and Family Man succumbed to
cancer after a short illness. The Greater Houston Football Coaches
Association honored Justin this past year with it’s Distinguished
Service Award for his contributions and service to the game of football
and the Community. During his tenure on the Board of Directors, Justin
trained over 600 new high school football officials. He dedicated his
life to his wife Karen and their children and the thousands of students
he instructed as a teacher at Pearland High School and as an inspiratual
leader to all he encountered. Tonight the members of the Houston
Football Officials Chapter work with a heavy heart and ask that you join
them in a moment of silence for Justin Springer, their fallen friend
Age 45, went to be with the Lord on Monday, September 26, 2011 after a
courageous battle with pancreatic cancer, surrounded by his family.
Justin was born to William Gail and Martha Faye Springer on November 25,
1965 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He was married on December 28, 1985 to
Karen Lanell Pullen of La Porte, Texas, and had two sons, Nathaniel
David Springer (born 1988) and Jacob Andrew Springer (born 1990).
graduated from Midwest City, Oklahoma High school in 1984. He attended
and was a football player at Oklahoma State University, then graduated
from college with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the
University of Houston.
Justin was a Christian and served the Lord
as a full‑time Evangelist with the churches of Christ for over 20
years. He also served as an Elder at the Westside Church of Christ in
Justin loved singing praises to the Lord and was
a member of multiple gospel quartets. He served the Lord in all aspects
of his life, including missionary work in Nigeria. His genuine care and
love for the Lord and for people is evident in all that he did. His
outgoing nature and sense of humor endeared everyone to him as he
touched and affected countless lives.
Justin also enjoyed teaching; he taught math at Pearland High School and was a professor at San Jacinto Community College.
had a passion for sports and was a football official serving as Vice
President of the Houston Chapter of the Texas Association of Sports
Justin was preceded in death by his father, William Gail Springer, and nephew, Dane Clark.
is survived by his wife of 25 years, Karen Springer; son and
daughter‑in‑law: Nathan and Emily Springer of Stillwater, OK, son: Jacob
Springer of Pearland, TX; mother: Martha Faye Springer of Midwest City,
OK; brother and sister‑in‑law: Tony and Wilma Springer of Midwest City,
OK; sister and brother‑in‑ law: Rhonda and Joe Clark of Sayre, OK;
numerous nieces and nephews, brothers and sisters in Christ, and family