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James Dan Austin
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Birth: Apr. 17, 1945
Death: Jan. 13, 2012

James Dan Austin passed away January 13, 2012 at the age of 66 from Hamman-Rich Syndrome. James was born on April 17, 1945 in San Diego, California. He is preceded in death by his parents Yvonne Campbell Austin and Russell Austin of Lubbock, Texas.

He is survived by his lifetime partner of 18 years Nelda Gandy; daughter, Melanie Danette Austin of Little Rock, AK and grandson James Colby Austin of Tulsa, OK, son James Dan Austin II and wife Angela, grandson James Austin III and granddaughter Sarah Brynn Austin of Corpus Christi, TX, sister Gloria Don Rohrer and brother in law and best friend Mark Rohrer, brother Jerry Phillip Austin and sister in law Shelley, and sister Amelia Ann Russ all of Lubbock, TX, two nieces Renee Davidson and Angela (Jimmy) Moore, four nephews Cris (Cyndi) Rohrer, Kirk (Angie) Rohrer, Grant Austin and John McCraw. James is also survived by Darryl Gandy, Bryan and Jana Gandy along with their children Cameron Meagan Gandy all of Floresville, TX as well as four beloved uncles, two aunts many cousins and friends near and far.

James was a very talented man, always finding success along the way. He started working at an early age. His jobs in his lifetime were numerous. He was a bus driver for TNM&O, he built cabinets with his uncle Donis Austin, and he worked with his father Russell Austin at Austin Sporting Goods. His uncle and father gave him courage to start his own business American Coverup and Fiberglass in 1985. His business is still well known to this day. His hard work and dedication to his business allowed him to have many adventures in his life. He valued his time with his family, traveling in bus, van, Winnebago and truck. He loved NASCAR and spent many years traveling with his son and racing IMCA Modifieds. James spent the last few years ranching, raising horses and cattle. He had a love of all animals, including his dog Bandit who preceded him in death. No matter where James was living, he always made it to family gatherings and his grandchildren's events. He loved music and dancing. James was always good at whatever he decided to do, never scared to try to make dreams a reality. Just this year, he bought land in the mountains and was in the middle of building his dream home for him and Nelda.

His legacy will live on by all the stories his friends and family have to share. He himself was a great story teller and could be heard across the room when he laughed. A good friend said, "You never knew if James was giving you a hard time or if he was being serious until his body started giggling and then came contagious smile. He was like a second dad to many. He taught many of us how to be a father." James will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Visitation will be held at Bartley Funeral Home in Plainview from 5:00-7:00 P.M. Tuesday January 17, 2012. A graveside service has been set at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday January 18, 2012 at Resthaven Cemetery in Lubbock. Services are under the direction of Bartley Funeral Home of Plainview.
Family links: 
  Russell Anderson Austin (1921 - 2003)
  Gloria Yvonne Campbell Austin (1924 - 1989)
Resthaven Memorial Park
Lubbock County
Texas, USA
Created by: Shawn The Grave Hunter
Record added: Jan 14, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 83449859

James, you will be missed. May you rest in peace.
- Shawn The Grave Hunter
 Added: Jan. 14, 2012

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