Jimmy Dean King
November 12, 1939 - October 2, 2017



Life Legacy

Jimmy Dean King, of Austin, passed away October 2, 2017, at the age of 77, after a short, but courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Abilene, TX, on November 12, 1939, to Owen and Blanch Wilson King. His parents and his brother, Norman C. King, and sister, Ann Miller, preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn King of 57 years, son Preston King and Michael Hill of Austin, daughter Krystal and Bill Perry of Manvel, TX, daughter Larina and Mark Wechsler of Orlando, FL, and six grandchildren, Jonathan King and Quintin Bernard of Austin, Will and Ellise Perry of Manvel, Savannah and Makenna Wechsler of Orlando, FL. He is also survived by sister, Barbara Dougherty of San Diego, CA, brother O.G. King of Lumberton, TX, three nephews and seven nieces, and his good friend, Raymond Francen. At a young age, Jimmy moved to San Diego, CA, where he developed his love for boats, fishing, diving, and surfing. Deep sea fishing became a lifelong hobby. He enjoyed many days at his Rockport get-away, fishing in the Gulf. His other hobbies were piloting his private plane, and appearing as an extra in movies, including Temple Grandin, Sin City and How to Eat Fried Worms. They also enjoyed travel and toured many of the states, plus London, Germany, Italy and Japan. An important part of his life was spent playing cards and dominoes with friends and family.
Jimmy graduated from Mission Bay High School in San Diego, CA where he met his wife, Carolyn Ellison. They married on December 26, 1959, and he was forever a devoted husband. He was on the hand ball and track teams in school, and played guitar and sang in a rock band. His favorite artist was Elvis Presley. Jimmy had a franchised home delivery milk route in San Diego. In 1967, he moved his family to Austin to open D&L Motorcycles, and co-owned that dealership with Raymond Francen for 33 years. He continued to manage their commercial properties with Francen until his death. Neighbors knew Jimmy as the man who kept an immaculately groomed lawn with pristine landscaping. He was a hard-working man with very strong ethics and morals. He was baptized in the Baptist Church at age 14. Jimmy was a strong leader in a quiet way. He helped anyone in need but never wanted acknowledgement. Family looked to him for advice and guidance, even though he was the youngest of five. And although he was a serious man in public, he had an incredible sense of humor, loved practical jokes and was able to make anyone laugh.
Visitation will be held on October 14 at 12:00-2:00 p.m. at Beck Funeral Home, 15709 Ranch Road 620, Austin. Graveside services will be October 15, 2:00 p.m. at Memorial Hill Park Cemetery, 14501 North I-35, Pflugerville, Texas, under the direction of Beck Funeral Home. Reception to follow at Faith Lutheran Church, Austin.