Vatana (Willie) Tangitvet, a graduate of El Campo High School, passed away May 5, 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand. He was born in Bangkok on Oct. 6, 1946. Willie arrived in El Campo as an exchange student with the American Field Service in 1964. He stayed with the Milton Shult family that year and was a graduating member of the ECHS class of 1965.
Willie returned to Thailand after graduation, eventually founding the Vandapac Corporation, an international plastics manufacturing firm which marketed its products in 150 countries. He served as its president for 30 years.
He was predeceased by his parents, Siewmeng and Sungiang Tangitvet.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Surang Tangitvet as well as two sons, Tom Tangitvet and wife Cherry and Pao Tangitvet and wife Bo, and a daughter, Pam Tangitvet. He had four grandsons: Thames, Todd, Mark and Mike.
Funeral services were held in Bangkok, Thailand with internment on May 15, 2019