The heart of any organization such as Texas EquuSearch is the volunteers.  We have been blessed through the years with an incredible number of people who have enriched our program and touched our lives, as well as the lives of the families that we help on a daily basis.  To honor a few of those many volunteers, TES has started a Searcher of the Month program.  We hope to highlight just a few of the many, many wonderful, dedicated individuals who serve the communities so proudly and so humbly throughout the country as we continue our mission. 

Alvin Tipps 

Alvin Tipps was chosen as our first “Searcher of the Month” because of his never-ending dedication to Texas EquuSearch. It doesn’t really matter what the weather is like, or how far it is … Alvin is there with his wife Jan, to help find another missing person. Alvin was born in Waco, and grew-up in the central Texas area. He was the only son born to Ethyl & Boyd Tipps. Alvin worked in machine shops for several years until he fulfilled his own dream and opened his own business. Alvin is well-known for the high-quality products he turns out for his clients. Alvin is the proud father of three daughters, and the step-father of two daughters and one son. He also has fourteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman until he started searching with Texas EquuSearch.  Now his passion is about helping to find missing people. He loves a good laugh and meeting new people. He currently fighting an illness, but hopes to be back real soon. 

16 Comments

  1. darla3760 on May 14, 2010 at 8:34 PM

    Alvin and Jan,
    Alvin, You are definately a Searcher of the Month, You both are awesome people and work with a Heart of Gold. I Thank you so much for coming to Piedmont, Alabama searching for my daughter. I could never repay you for what you have done for me. I Love both of you and Wish you the Best Life could Ever Offer !! Taylor still talks about you and How much he cares for you and sometime I think he would even come to Texas just to be around You and Jan. I can remember when I first met Jan and felt like I just run to her and fell in her arms and Thanking God that You Guys were Here…Just Stay Strong and We will continue to Pray that God keeps You Healtly so you can Have a Great Life with Your family and doing what You love to do..with Texas Equusearch..Awesome Bunch of People..And we Love all of You…You are Angels here on Earth !!

  2. Alvin Tipps on April 25, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    HI TO EVERYONE,

    IT IS A SURPRISE AND PLEASURE TO BE SELECTED THE FIRST VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH. THERE ARE SO MANY DESERVING PEOPLE THAT TO BE SELECTED IS AN HONOR. I HOPE TO BE BACK REAL SOON, AS I HAVE FINISHED MY RADIATION AND CHEMO. I AM VERY WEAK AND IT WILL TAKE ME TIME TO GET MY STRENGTH BACK THANKS TO ALL OF YOU “MY FRIENDS” AND I LOVE YOU ALL.

    ALVIN TIPPS

  3. Becky Ivy on April 21, 2009 at 1:21 PM

    Uncle Alvin:

    You have made the Martin Family proud!!!! But then, we have been blessed since you and Aunt Jan got married!! You are both wonderful, dedicated people and I love you both dearly.

    Becky

  4. Phillip & Lori Yates on April 20, 2009 at 6:55 AM

    What a candidate, we couldn’t agree more. Alvin we continue to pray for you and Jan. We are ready to see you guys again out in the field. Take care, Phillip & Lori

  5. Kaysie & Jeff Wilson on April 17, 2009 at 5:56 PM

    That’s my Grandpa! I am so proud of you. I know you have touched so many peoples lives and that makes me so proud of you! Congratulations! You deserve this! We love you! You are an amazing man, Papa!!!

  6. Sherry McKinney on April 17, 2009 at 1:21 PM

    Congratulations, Alvin! You are such an inspiration to me and all of EquuSearch. I know everyone misses you and Jan so much. You are such an important part of this organization and we cannot wait to get you back on searches!

    Love you,
    Sherry

  7. Mike Fitz on April 16, 2009 at 8:30 AM

    Awesome dude! Congratulations! Umm .. you get a free trip to Hawaii with that, don’t you? haha. Anyway, good job, Alvin. I, personally, can attest to why you are deserving of this. Hope to see you soon, but make sure you are well first. I wonder if TES will do this like Playboy. You could be Playmate of the … I mean Searcher of the Year!

  8. sondra simmons on April 15, 2009 at 9:03 PM

    Yay Daddy!!!!! We are so proud of you! Congratulations from all of us in San Marcos! (and they picked a really cute picture of you, too!)

  9. suzette on April 15, 2009 at 8:54 PM

    THATS MY DAD!!!
    way to go! we are so proud of you and jan!
    you are my hero! as well as everyone who does this type of heroic work voluntarily and unselfishly.
    and to anyone reading this and knows my dad then you know he is just chompin’ at the bits to get back in there to join you guys. he is battling cancer right now and the staying at home is the hardest thing for him because he is so active! he would be there now if he had his way. there have been so many times that he has tried to talk jan into going on a search, against doctors orders, and she has had to stand firm and say no because she knows what is best for him. i pray for quick healing because i know you are driving jan nuts trying to keep you out of mischief.
    i am so proud your my dad
    i love you guys
    suzette

  10. Eddie and Nova on April 15, 2009 at 4:59 PM

    Congrats Alvin for being named our searcher of the month!!
    You have been a great inspiration for us. We know you will be better soon and back searching with us. Cant wait to see you again.

    Congrats again
    Nova & Eddie

  11. Melissa Southerland on April 15, 2009 at 3:41 PM

    WOW! Congrats Alvin! You deserve it! I wish there were more people like you! Hope you get better really soon.

  12. nancy on April 15, 2009 at 1:03 PM

    Alvin,

    Congratulations. No one deserves it more than you do. I have never forgotten the first day I met ya’ll. I was given a 4 wheeler to use and didn’t know how to drive it. I was so embarassed, but ya’ll stayed with me. Thank you. I am praying for a quick recovery for you. We need you back. There where will be someone new and we need you you and Jan to take them under your wings like I feel ya’ll did for me, that day.

    Nancy
    “search whisperer”

  13. B Tarr on April 15, 2009 at 12:07 PM

    Alvin,
    You and your darling wife Jan were on the very first search that I did with TES, and were one of the reasons that I joined the organization. Because of your dedication, your friendliness and your true devotion to the mission of finding missing people and giving the family some peace of mind, I decided that EquuSearch was an organization that I wanted to belong to. I have since been on several searches with you and Jan, and you have continued to be an inspiration to me. Thank you for all you do, for who you are, and for the difference you have made in the lives of so many. May your health quickly be restored and may you soon return to join TES in the searches where you are so desperately needed.
    Love,
    Barbie

  14. Chris Posados on April 15, 2009 at 11:53 AM

    Alvin, who better to be our first volunteer searcher of the month. You and Jan are missed dearly every day.

    Hope to see you both back real soon, i miss the laughter you bring with you on all the searches.

    Love to both,

    Chris

  15. Brett Reilly on April 15, 2009 at 11:36 AM

    Congrats Alvin! Get better quick .

  16. Kimberly Knight on April 15, 2009 at 11:28 AM

    Congratulations Alvin, You are very loved and very missed at this time. Please hurry back and get to work. I wanna chance to ride the 4 wheeler with you.
    Love Ya ,
    Kimberly TES Memberships Adminstration

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