David William Austin
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David William Austin
  • March 27, 1938 - December 11, 2017
  • Raleigh, North Carolina

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"Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth.put out my hand, and touched the face of God." John Gillespie Magee, Jr.

A dedicated family man, devoted Christian, loyal friend, and impassioned pilot, David William Austin of Raleigh, NC, has slipped the surly bonds of earth, passing away on December 11, 2017.

David was born in Atlanta, GA on March 27, 1938 to Jerome Hollis and Mary Shuey Austin. He graduated from Henry Grady High School in Atlanta in 1955, where he was co-president of the student body. He attended Duke University, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1959 with a degree in mechanical engineering. At Duke, he was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity, on the swim team and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi honor societies. After graduation, he married his high school sweetheart, Diane Thomas, to whom he was happily married for 58 years.

David served in the US Air Force and was discharged in 1962 with the rank of Captain. He then joined The Trane Company, working for 40 years in air conditioning sales and sales management at Brady Trane, Inc., the Greensboro-based franchise. He became a registered professional engineer in NC in 1976, and he retired as general manager in 2002.

David and Diane have three children, Susan, Cathy and Tim. They became members of Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church after moving to Raleigh in 1965, where David served as deacon, elder, president of the Hudson Memorial Foundation, and chairman of numerous committees. He was an instrument-rated private pilot for many years, and enjoyed hours soaring the heavens in his Cessna Skylane. Besides flying, David enjoyed woodworking and home projects, golf, tennis, boating, family and friends. After retirement, David and Diane devoted many years to building a log home in the mountains, where their greatest joy was entertaining family and friends.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Diane, children Susan Amey and husband Bill of Durham; Cathy Austin and husband Doug Henken of Falls Church, VA; Tim Austin and wife Marti of North Plainfield, NJ; grandson B.A. Amey (Lindsey) of Grand Rapids, MI and great-grandchildren Hayleigh, Alivia and Leena; grandson Brian Amey of Durham; grandsons Liam, Owen and Ethan Austin of North Plainfield; step-grandson Ben Henken (Heather) of Warrenton, VA and great-grandchild Taylor; and his sister Ann Austin Nable of Atlanta, GA.

Visitation will be Monday, December 18 from 5 - 8 pm at Mitchell Funeral Home, 7209 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh. Funeral services will be held at Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church, 4921 Six Forks Rd, Raleigh at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, December 19th.

Donations may be made to the Duke Raleigh Cancer Fund (found at dukehealth.org), or to Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh.