Richard Henry “Dick” Austin, 70, of Denton, Texas passed from this earth to his heavenly home on Sunday, October 21, 2012. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Judi Austin; his children, Michelle McGrath, Beth Mathews and husband Gary, David Austin and wife Lisa, and Don Austin and wife Paige; and thirteen grandchildren.
Dick was born on March 5, 1942 in Waterloo, Iowa to Donald and Ruth Austin.He earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Northern Iowa in 1964. He dedicated his life to the leadership and development of young boys through his work for the Boy Scouts of America, where he served as a professional scouter for 38 years, retiring in 2001. In addition, he volunteered as assistant scout master for Troop 26 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, served on Pine Tree, Order of the Arrow, and Wood Badge staffs, and was awarded the Silver Beaver Award in 2009 for distinguished service as a volunteer for the Longhorn Council of North Texas. A passionate outdoorsman, Dick took frequent backpacking treks and camping trips. Spending time with his family at the park, watching his grandchildren’s sporting events and concerts, and fishing were some of his other favorite activities.An active member of Southmont Baptist Church, Dick was a deacon, served on numerous committees, sang in the choir, and taught Sunday School with Judi.
A memorial service celebrating Dick’s life will be held at Southmont Baptist Church on Friday, October 26, 2012 at 10am. Dr. Wayne Blankenship will be officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Philmont Scout Ranch; please contact John Clark, Philmont Scout Ranch; 17 Deer Run Road; Cimarron, NM 87714. Reference Dick Austin in your correspondence.