On June 11, William David Austin II left this world for his heavenly home. In his presence at Arbor Hills Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center of Eagle Lake were his mother and both sisters.
He was 76 years old. David was born May 21, 1946 to Carl Willis “Sonny” Austin and Julia Mae Jones Austin. He grew up in Eagle Lake, where he enjoyed hunting and fishing.
As much time as he could manage was spent with his Grandpa Austin.
Grandpa shared stories of the past as they pursued their favorite activity: fishing.
David spent years working at Austin Grocery with his dad and uncles, but soon discovered he preferred working outdoors and being in nature.
He began to raise cattle. Saving money he was finally able to buy his land in Cat Spring. On that property he built a barn with living quarters, and lived there until he could build his brick home--almost entirely with his own hands. He continued to raise cattle for a few more years, and tried his hand at raising Chesapeake Bay Retriever dogs.
Through all those years David’s perspective began to change. He left the cattle business and spent time enjoying the many species of wildlife his property offered. He was an avid fan of the glorious wildflowers that grew on his land, especially the bluebonnets. He read and studied about the species of birds and snakes that shared his life, always wanting to do all he could to let them live.
His father Carl Willis “Sonny” Austin preceded him in death, and nephew David Dustin Hengst.
David leaves behind his mother, Julia Austin; his sisters Gail Austin and Pamela Hengst; nieces Alicia Joy Hengst of Georgetown; Cacie Gail Gates and husband Mike of Liberty Hill, and their children Abby and Matthew; nephews Brady David Riddle and wife Shawna of Chapel Hill, NC and their children Kai and Emma;
Nicholas Dean Hengst and wife Jenny of Leander, and their children Ryan and Julia; nephew David Dustin Hengst (deceased), and other family members and friends.
A memorial service took place June 21 at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.
Final arrangements were under the direction of Eagle Lake Funeral Home.