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Keeping the Faith


Robert (Lin)


Submitted by:
Deana Garza

Robert Linwood “Lin” Manford Lin was born in Luling, Texas in 1949. At the age of seven, he was the mascot for the volunteer fire department and became a volunteer firefighter while still in high school. That seemed to set the stage for his life in public service. After graduating from Southwest Texas State (now Texas State University) in San Marcos with a degree in Criminal Justice, he served as a police officer for the cities of Luling and Pleasanton before being accepted to the DPS academy in Austin. He proudly wore the uniform of a Texas State Trooper for 27 years, retiring in 1999. Not yet ready to hang up his gun and badge, he went to work immediately with the Comal County Sheriff’s Office, serving as the County Fire Marshal. Investigating suspicious fires became his new passion and he pursued arsonists with the same professional determination that he once pursued speeders on the highways. It was during this time that this confirmed bachelor met and married the love of his life, Marilyn (Schwab) Neuse in 2004 at the age of 55. He liked to tell anyone who would listen that the reason it took him so long to settle down was that he was “fleet of foot” He retired for the second time in 2007. After two careers, he took retirement seriously and spent his time playing golf, making his yard the envy of the neighborhood, taking cruises with Marilyn and spending time with their beloved grandson Ranger. His world was shattered in October 2015 when he was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) of the right frontal lobe and was treated with surgery and radiation at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston. He requires around the clock care now and is on hospice. He is blessed with many lifelong friends who provide a support system by praying, visiting and always being there for the family.