Flip Whitworth Obituary, Death – On November 10, 2022, Flip Whitworth, a devoted husband, father, grandpa, brother, friend, and legal partner, died away peacefully at home. He had been ailing for a while. Flip Whitworth spent his entire life in Austin, Texas, where he was born on February 25, 1947, to Harry Philip Whitworth and Edna Widén Whitworth. At Casis Elementary, O. Henry Junior High, and Stephen F. Austin High School, from which he graduated in 1965, he made a lot of his best friends. Flip worked incredibly hard and excelled in school and sports. He proudly donned the number 14 while playing quarterback for the Mighty Maroons of AHS and pitching for the baseball team.
Flip graduated with honors from The University of Texas with a B.A. in 1969 and a J.D. in 1972. While attending UT, he joined the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity and gained numerous more longtime friends. Flip had an endless amount of affection for both his fraternity and the Longhorns. He joined Scott, Douglas & McConnico in 1977, the same year the company was established. Being affiliated with Wally Scott, Frank Douglas, and the best team of professionals he knew made him feel fortunate. Flip was a valuable collaborator and recruiter since he was fast to see capabilities in others. After serving as the hiring partner for 25 years, the company gave Flip a gift that read simply, “To Flip: You have made us what we are.”
Flip served as chairman of the Oil & Natural Gas Exploration and Production Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law (1989–1990), the Travis County Bar Association’s Oil, Gas, and Mineral Law Section (1986), and the State Bar of Texas Oil, Gas, and Mineral Law Section (1989–1990). (1994-96). He co-chaired the 42nd Oil and Gas Law and Taxation Institute of the Southwestern Legal Foundation (1991). In 2016, the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law chose him to receive the esteemed Ernest E. Smith Lifetime Achievement Award. Flip is delighted in delivering lectures on topics pertaining to oil and gas regulatory issues at several conferences and institutes throughout the state.
Flip had a pleasant and gregarious disposition, with bright blue eyes, a contagious laugh, and a perpetual smile. Flip was naturally good at relating to others. He had a strong commitment to his family and friends, and he vigorously pursued all of his interests. Flip served the Lord first and foremost. Flip loved his grandchildren, his friends, fine cuisine, travel, and giving back to his community. He could be spotted playing golf frequently.
Flip was a significant member of a big family. His parents and his brother Gary Widen Whitworth died before him. In addition to his devoted wife Suzie Page Whitworth, his children Gary Scott Whitworth (wife Lisle) and Anne Ashley Whitworth-Stich (husband Mark), stepson James Aaron Page, sisters Julie Moore (deceased husband Roy Moore) and Ann Messer (deceased husband Bill Messer), and cherished grandchildren Rhett (13) and Wesley, he is also survived by his stepson James Aaron Page (11).
The family appreciates the tender care provided by Nancy Escoto, Flora Betancourt, and Bruce Duncan. Funeral services will be place at The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 3201 Windsor Rd, Austin, TX 78703, on Thursday, November 17, 2022, at 3:00 PM.