A faithful servant of the Lord, Dr. Edwin A. Trapp, Jr. of Dallas, Texas, fell asleep in the arms of Jesus on Wednesday, February 12, 2014. Ed was called to his eternal home after an eight year struggle with the rare disease known as Corticobasal Degeneration (CBD).
Ed was born February 20, 1931, the only son of Edwin and Marianette Trapp in Chicago, Ill., and was baptized on June 28, 1931. He was predeceased by his only sister, Marianette Bayley.
After elementary and high school in Chicago, he attended Monmouth College and Stanford University, graduating from the University of Wisconsin. At Monmouth he later founded The Trapp Chair of Business Management and received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.
Throughout his academic years he was very active in student government, musical theater, forensics and water sports. During his early professional career he continued to perform in dramatic and musical productions and served several years as a compensated church soloist.
After 17 years of sales and marketing management with General Electric and Motorola, Ed moved to Dallas in 1970 as President of Hall-Mark Electronics Corp., which grew from a small regional company into a national leader of electronic component distribution. Ed retired in 1985 to focus on lay leadership in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and to travel the world.
An active member and leader of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Dallas, he served in many positions. He also served in leadership roles on several boards of the church at large, including:
- Board of Directors, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod—12 years.
- Board of Directors, The Texas District of the LCMS—12 years.
- Board of Directors, Lutheran Social Services of the South—seven years.
- President’s Advisory Council, Concordia Theological Seminary—nine years.
- Board for Human Care and World Relief—nine years.
With a strong motivation to see the world and its people, Ed traveled to all seven continents, over 140 sovereign nations and all 50 United States, many more than once. Ed will be remembered by family and friends for his love and commitment to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
On a personal note, I am thankful to God for this faithful man. During my first six years as president of the LCMS, the majority of the members of the national Board of Directors were not supportive of my ministry, to say the least. Dr. Trapp, along with Dr. Jean Garton and Dr. Betty Duda, provided encouragement at a time of great need, enduring from other board members much public and private mistreatment for doing so.
Dr. Edwin A. Trapp, Jr. was laid to rest in Dallas on February 18. For his generous contributions and significant accomplishments in the church and in the world, Ed would be the first to say what I and others who knew him would also say: “To God be the glory!”