JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – David Charles Austin, 64, of Jefferson City, died Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, at St. Joseph Bluffs in Jefferson City.
He was born May 26, 1954, in Owatonna, Minnesota, the son of John and Jeanne Ochs Austin.
Mr. Austin was a 1972 graduate of Princeton High School. He received a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and sciences at the University of Illinois, and in 1982 received a master of history degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.
He retired in 2009 as a senior historic preservation specialist with the Missouri Department of Transportation, where he worked for 26 years.
David loved his homestead and the historical significance of it.
He was a longtime member of the Missouri Archaeological Society and was instrumental in the preservation of Clark’s Hill-Norton State Historic Site, which commemorates the campsite and lookout point from which William Clark, of the explorers Lewis and Clark, viewed the confluence of the Missouri and Osage rivers.
He was a an avid reader of classic novels, Illinois and Missouri historical publications, and the TV Guide. He was a master at word play and puns. David was an avid student of Aristotle, Plato and Socrates, and a member of the Gunsmoke Fan Club.
A man with a soft heart and a generous nature, he faithfully acknowledged family birthdays. He leaves behind his beloved cat, Angel.
Survivors include his mother, Jeanne Austin of Princeton; four siblings, Katherine (Bruce Chandler) Austin of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia; Mark (Patty) Austin of Princeton; Amy (Deirdre Joy) Austin of Washington, DC; and Mary Liz (Terry Donnelly) Austin of Vashon Island, Washington; nieces and nephews, Eric Herbolsheimer, Katy (Andy) Lindberg, Andy (Brittany) Austin, Erin (James) Morrison, Maggie (Phil) Ernst, Patrick Arabia, Eli Austin, Adelaide Elliott-Joy, and David Austin; and grand-nieces and grand-nephews, Miranda, Alison, Zachary, Ella, Noah, Thomas, and John.
He was preceded in death by his father, John Austin.
A private family service was on his property Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018.
Memorials are suggested to C.A.R.E., 151 Ellis St. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30303.
Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
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