James Austin

Obituary of James "Don" Austin

James “Don” Austin, 76 Leesburg resident James Donald “Don” Austin died Saturday, September 24, 2022, from natural causes. He was receiving memory care at Watercrest Buena Vista at the time.

Don was born in Ada, Oklahoma on November 21, 1945, to Anna Fern Cotton and Clarence W. Austin. He moved frequently as a child, living in Kansas and Nevada before serving in the Army as a young man. He later attended technical college and worked as an HVAC contractor before eventually settling in New England, where he met Marlene Hersey (née Zielinski). Both With all their children grown, Don and Marlene began new chapters of their lives with love and laughter, marrying in 1993. Don was well-liked by anyone who knew him. He had a fun-loving personality and a ready smile. Known for his big laugh, Don had an even bigger heart and would drop everything to help someone in need. Shortly after their marriage, Don and Marlene moved to Illinois, where Don worked for Abbot Pharmaceuticals, eventually retiring from the company. 

He is survived by his wife, Marlene Austin; children and step-children Christine Austin, Brian Frizzell (Susan), Michael Frizzell (Laura); grandchildren and step-grandchildren Jake, Catie, Nicole Ann, Zoe, Graeham; several half-siblings, including Lynda Collier with whom he shared a close bond; and their morkie, Lucy. He is preceded in death by his son Robby Austin and step-daughter Kim Hines (Joe).

A memorial service will be held on Friday, October 14 from 12:30-1:30 at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services in The Villages, Florida. He will be laid to rest in Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida.

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Memorial Service

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Friday, October 14, 2022
Hiers-Baxley Funeral & Cremation - Life Event Center
3975 Wedgewood Lane
The Villages, Florida, United States
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