Emmett Trant Jr.

Emmett Trant Jr.

September 6, 1924 – July 16, 2016

Emmett Trant, 91, of Bryan, passed away on Saturday July 16, 2016 in his home. A service commemorating his life will be held at 4pm on Sunday July 24, 2016 in the Chapel at Arbor Oaks. Private inurnment will be held a later date. Services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral and Cremation Centers.

Emmett was born in San Angelo, Texas to Bess Nall Trant and Emmett Trant, Sr. The family moved to Bryan when Emmett was eight. Emmett graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School and entered Texas A&M College as a member of the Class of 1945. World War II interrupted his education. Following service in the Army Emmett returned to A&M to complete his education, graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Architecture.

His firm, Emmett Trant & Associates, designed shopping centers, schools, Churches, nursing homes, jails, court houses and others buildings in Bryan and College Station as well as in many cities throughout the state. The firm was involved in over six hundred building projects. Emmett’s last position before retiring was to serve as Consulting Architect for the construction the Texas A&M Foundation Building. Emmett was a member of the American Institute of Architects.

Emmett was active in the US Army reserves until September of 1984 when he retired with the rank of major. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Bryan.

Preceding him in death are his parents; his first wife of fifty years Mary Munn Trant; daughter Teresa Sagona; sister Dorothy Trant Dodson; and brother Richard Nall Trant.

Emmett is survived by his wife Betty Westbrook Trant; daughter Polly Trant and husband Robert Beals, daughter Laurie and husband Robert Gage; his son-in-law Tom Sagona; sister-in-law Heidi Trant; grandchildren Charly Stagg, Alexander Munse, Jessica and Timothy Sagona; his five great-grandchildren; a niece Deborah Chandler and nephew Timothy Dodson.

Your gift in kind as a memorial donation may be given to either Traditions Hospice, 1862 Rock Prairie Rd, College Station, Tx 77845 or the Brazos Valley Museum c/o Heritage Boonville Park, 3232 Briarcrest Drive, Bryan, Tx 77802.

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  1. Our sincere condolences. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    May the many years of good times give you comfort.

  2. so sorry for your loss. Mr. Trant was such a sweet man always had a smile. Andy has great memories of working for your Dad.

  3. So sorry to hear about Emmett. I have very fond memories of him. May God comfort you at this time and may the memories you made over the years help you find peace. May God bless you all.

  4. Mr. Trant was an inspiration and the experience in that South College office will never be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  5. Laurie,
    My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family as you make your way through this period of time. When milestones and special times happen in the future, may you be blessed with your many wonderful memories.
    Sharon Pavlas-Mills

    • Dear Polly and Laurie,
      I am so sorry of hearing of the loss of Emmett. Can’t you hear him and Daddy strategizing the upcoming football season. You are all in my prayers during this time.
      Love always,

  6. Emmett was a man of honor and his word, always. He and all the members of his office were, and are, among the last of the really great architects. They knew how buildings were built and their drawings were accurate and detailed. What a pleasure it was to build for them.

    Emmett was also a man of warmth and humor. His favorite jokes were on himself.

    I am honored to have known and worked with Emmett and cherish those days gone by.

    Take solace knowing the Lord has just added another great to advise Him on Heaven’s proper design.

    Gary Kent

  7. We will dearly miss him but have wonderful memories to comfort us. Know that he was a special man.

  8. Polly,
    I am so sorry to hear about your dad, lost mine in 99, my mother in 2011, I miss them,
    Have not seen you in such a long time. KATHY & I became grand parents 9 weeks ago
    My daughter had twins, boy & a girl. Life moves on.. Again I am so sorry that you have
    Lost your dad. Love you….
    Peter & Kathy

  9. Mr. Trant took me in when architect jobs were few & far between in this small town “back when”. He strived to find work for everyone and provided security to all. Enough so that he attracted a top flight engineer as partner, wall to wall Licensed Architects on staff and gave me the comfort to begin a family with child #1 soon after employment.
    Always a professional outfit but also an industry on the move in the back room.
    Fond memories of office events, perks, even lighting the attic furnace as “the new guy” upon opening in winter and running reliable ol’ Buttercup.

    ref. also Eagle Guestbook entry

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