Richard Harlan Austin

On August 25, 2020, Richard Harlan Austin died (or he would joke, “stole away to the bosom of Abraham”) in the joyful presence of his wife, children, and grandchildren. He was born August 3, 1932, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Dildy McCowan Austin and Lillian Austin (Fairbairn). After his father’s death in 1936, he lived with his grandparents in Altus, Oklahoma, and with his mother in Denver, Colorado. He graduated from East High School in Denver in June 1950. In June 1954, Richard graduated with a B.A. in Distributed Social Sciences from the University of Colorado Boulder. He served three years in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War as a crypto linguist translating enemy communications. In 1958, he began a distinguished 30-year career with the Federal Government in Washington, D.C., working in financial management and budget development with the Office of Management and Budget, the Maritime Administration, the Department of Commerce and the Library of Congress. He retired in 1989.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Sharon (Mullaly) Austin of Hudson Michigan; three children, Diana Austin, Amy (Austin) Donahue, and Matthew Austin; and four grandchildren, Robert Austin, Abigail Donahue, Lillian Donahue, and Patrick Donahue. He is also survived by his sister, Leslie Ann Walker of Plantation, Florida, and Toas, New Mexico.

Following retirement, Richard lived in Williamsburg, VA, and Purcellville, VA, where he volunteered in support, companionship and transportation of people in need of his attention. He was a parishioner of St. Francis De Sales parish church in Purcellville.

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