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Colonel Austin R. Bryan, USAF (Ret.), passed away peacefully on the evening of July 19, 2014, in San Antonio, Texas, following a recent diagnosis of advanced pancreatic cancer. Born on December 6, 1929, Austin was the son of Lucy Mae West and Joel Runnels Bryan of Houston, Texas. Austin enlisted in the United States Air Force at the age of 21 to pursue his dream of becoming a pilot. He earned his pilot wings and received his commission as a Lieutenant in September of 1952, just weeks before marrying the love of his life, Patricia DaCamara of Laredo, Texas. During his distinguished 30 year career, Colonel Bryan served as a combat fighter pilot, commander, inspector general, and as the Vice Commander for 17th Air Force. Even as Air Force assignments took him across the United States and around the world to Japan, Greece, and Germany, Colonel Bryan called Texas home. He was proud of his heritage as a direct descendant of Moses Austin, and of his membership in the Sons of Texas. Colonel Bryan was a veteran of the Korean conflict and the Vietnam War, and his many awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, the Air Medal and the Legion of Merit. He is survived by his daughter, Debbie Bryan Balls and her husband, Colonel (retired) Dorin Balls, of San Antonio, Texas; his son, Austin R. Bryan Jr. and his wife, Priscilla of Sydney, Australia; four grandchildren and two great-granddaughters. He will be remembered by family and friends as an American patriot, a proud Texan, and a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather who dedicated his life to serve and protect the nation he loved.
AUGUST 18, 2014
FORT SAM HOUSTON
WITH FULL MILITARY
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Published in Express-News on Aug. 10, 2014