Fred Karl Austin
Fred Karl Austin
  • November 4, 1961 - March 7, 2017
  • New Orleans, Louisiana

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Fred Karl Austin, Sr. passed away March 7, 2017 at the age of 55. After attending St. Alphonsus Elementary, Fred graduated from Redemptorist High School. He attended both the University of New Orleans and Concornia University to earn his Associates degree. Fred was a law enforcement officer for 35 years, faithfully serving with the NOPD and Orleans Parish Sherriff’s office. He was even awarded Best Dressed Detective in 1989.

Fred is survived by his loving wife, Debra Turley Austin; sons, Brendan A. Austin and Fred K. Austin, Jr.; sister, Georgiana A. LaCour (David); brothers, Ira C. Austin, Jr. (Sonja) and Edward F. Austin (Hilda); sister-in-law, Susan Turley Mucha (Paul) of NJ; step father-in-law,Fred Dimock of NJ, and step mother-in-law Martha Turley of FL her son Bryan Zell (D). Fred is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and beloved cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents, Ira C. Austin, Sr. and Shirley Hyde Austin; mother-in-law, Dorothy Turley (D) and father-in-law, Robert Turley; and brother-in-law, Arthur Frank Turley.

Fred was very involved in several communities about town, including St. Angela Merici Catholic Church, FOP, PMBA, Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Committee, Irish Channel Corner Club, and Ohlssons Softball to name a few.

Fred loved LSU baseball and football, the NY Yankees, and the Saints. He was a man of many talents; a coach, a teacher, a craftsman, artist, and a loyal servant of God. Fred was a very loving and devoted son, husband, father, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend to many.

A visitation for Fred will be held at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd, New Orleans, La 70124 on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 from 4:30 pm until 8:30 pm. A funeral mass will be held on March 15, 2017 at St. Angela Merici Church at 11:00 am. Visitation at church will be held from 9:30 am until mass begins. Interment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Fred’s memory to New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation at or a charity of your choice.