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Austin, Gary Lee

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- April 2, 2017

Austin, Gary Lee

Gary Lee Austin, 58, of Dallas, Texas, collapsed in his home from complications related to cancer treatment.  He was rushed to Dallas Medical Center, but was unable to be revived.  He passed away the early morning of April 2, 2017.

Gary would not want his obituary or funeral to be sad, plain, or stuffy — and he would want us to celebrate his life.  He was his mother’s favorite and only son, a proud US Navy Veteran, an incredibly devoted husband, a father who gave all he had, and the most amazing PaPa.  We were so blessed to have him in our lives every day.  He was his family’s rock and hero.  He embraced life and all of its challenges, mostly with sarcastic humor.  He loved and cherished his family unconditionally, especially his mother, wife, and grandchildren – PaPa’s varmits.  He was a die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan and Led Zeppelin was his band.

Gary is survived by his mother, Shirley Dunston Scanlon; wife, Kathleen Bonatti Austin and children, Ashley, Lauren, and Brandon; and his grandchildren, Anette “Nikki” Simmons and Tevin Blanton.  He is also survived by many cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends.

Gary was preceded in death by his most beloved PaPa, Lester Coon; his Mamaw, Elouise Coon; and his father, Lloyd Austin.

The family will celebrate his life at visitation Thursday, April 13th from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at North Dallas Funeral Home, 2710 Valley View Lane, Dallas, TX 75234.

Graveside Services will be held Friday, April 14, 2017, at the DFW National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75211 @ 1:15 pm.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Gary’s Memorial Fund to help provide for Gary’s grandchildren.

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May 23, 2019 3:58PM

I just had him on my mind today. I was thinking that when I asked Kristian what he wanted to be he said a soldier. I asked him what kind of soldier. He said the kind that ride on boats like Uncle Gary!

Karen Yeager

April 13, 2017 6:14AM

You loved your wife, children and grandchildren. You brought love and laughter to this world and will be missed.

Rick & Linda Manning

April 12, 2017 9:21PM

We are so so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and the kids and praying you all find peace and comfort knowing you are loved so much💞

Earl Stigler

April 12, 2017 1:12AM


So very sorry for your loss. Gary will be missed by so many. You, Anette, and your family will be in my prayers.

Not to worry, as he is still watching over you.

Maria Garrison

April 10, 2017 1:11PM

Kathleen and Shirley, my heart breaks for ya'll. I know how much he loved you and his grandkids and how devoted he was to all of you. Prayers for peace, comfort, and healing. We love you.

M Orozco

April 10, 2017 10:16AM

I am so sorry for your family's loss. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Elizabeth Manning

April 09, 2017 10:18PM

I'm so sorry for your loss. Gary was a good man and will be missed. Heaven gained an angel and he is watching down on you in heaven. Sending prayers your way.


April 09, 2017 10:09PM

My heart goes out to you Kathleen, to the kids, and to you Shirley. Gary was an amazing man.

Yolanda Garrison Cook

April 09, 2017 7:50PM

Kathleen, we are so very sorry for your loss. We will be praying for you and your family during this difficult time.
With our deepest sympathy, Kevin, Yolanda, Colton, Clayton and Chanley Cook.

Vincent Bonatti

April 09, 2017 7:39PM

We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family. Gary will be missed.

Kenzie Breen

April 09, 2017 7:35PM

Always praying for my favorite family! I love you all so much! I think about you everyday Kathleen and Shirley!

Marci monk

April 09, 2017 7:22PM

Gary was one of the funniest people I knew! I was so proud to call him my best friend for almost 18 years! My family! My heart breaks for you Kathlene, his grand babies, his mom Shirley, and for the rest of his family! I pray that God gives each of you the strength to go through this and peace of heart knowing he is not suffering anymore. I know we will all miss him terribly. Kathleen, he loved you more than you know!! You were the world to him and he shined when he got to show off his grand babies!! He always told me he loved the way you loved him!

Maci Glasser

April 09, 2017 7:17PM

I am so sorry for your loss. Praying for peace and strength during such a sad time. I didn't know Gary that well. I just know that he made my Aunt Kathy very happy and was a great grandfather to Nikki and Tevin. May he rest in peace knowing how loved he was by those in his life.

Jackie Garrison

April 09, 2017 7:05PM

My deepest sympathies Shirley and Kathleen. Gary was a great guy and will be missed.