- April 2, 2017
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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