DEEDS, David Arthur|
David Arthur Deeds, 78, of Jonestown, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, November 14th, 2013. David was born in Prospect, Ohio on March 27th, 1935 to Mildred Carr Deeds and John Arthur Deeds.
David graduated from Greencamp High School in Greencamp, Ohio followed by three years as a personnel clerk in the Army Security Agency in Ft. Devens, MA. He returned briefly to Ohio to marry the love of his life, Beulah Mae "Boots" Cochran on March 27th, 1955 before completing his Army service. With the support of Boots and while raising three infant sons, he graduated with honors from Ohio State University in Columbus in 1961 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.
He and his family moved to Lexington, KY in 1961 where he began his career at IBM as a mechanical engineer and designed part of the IBM Magnetic Tape Selectric Typewriter (MTST), the world's first word processor, and IBM Magnetic Card Selectric Typewriter (MCST). During his first year at IBM, his youngest son, Mark Steven, died during brain surgery. His daughter was born a couple years later before the family moved to Austin, TX in 1967 where he finished his distinguished 31-year career with many roles in project management, quality assurance, and management.
He then began his second career as a middle and high school math teacher with Lago Vista ISD retiring in 1999. After his dream trip to Alaska, he returned to high school as a substitute teacher and particularly enjoyed working with math students and seeing his grandchildren at Leander High School.
He actively served his community through roles as Vice Chairman of Austin Brackenridge Hospital Advisory Board, Director of Jonestown Water Supply Corporation Board, Jonestown City Council, Mayor of Jonestown, and Member of the LCRA Advisory Panel for Lake Travis. His solution-minded approach to problem solving was integral to the success of all of the organizations that he helped lead.
He served as a trustee and chair of Staff-Parish Relations Committee during his time at St. John's United Methodist Church (UMC) from 1967-1999. He was also a faithful leader at Leander UMC, teaching Sunday school for many years as well as serving as a member of the Administrative Board.
David loved spending summers camping with his family in the mountains of Colorado and visited all 50 states in his lifetime. He was a lover of hiking, fishing, running, skiing and playing cards.
He is survived by his wife, Boots Deeds; son, John Deeds and wife Lisa; son, Darryl Deeds; daughter, Jeri Lynne Hilsabeck and husband Mike; granddaughter, Jennifer Greenstreet and husband Jordan; granddaughter, Carinne Deeds; grandson, Justin Hilsabeck and wife Lizzie; grandson, Dakota Deeds; and brother, Bob Schmidt and wife Sara. He was preceded in death by son, Mark Steven Deeds and both of his parents.
The family would like to invite the friends to a memorial service to celebrate the life of David on Sunday, November 17, 2013 at 4:00 pm at St. John's United Methodist Church (2140 Allandale Road; Austin, Texas 78756) with a reception to follow at St. John's.
The family wishes to express their thanks and appreciation to their friends, family, and loving church family for the wonderful support and prayers during the past several years that David battled mesothelioma. David wanted to continue to touch lives through his witness to Jesus Christ by supporting the growing community of Leander. Should friends desire, memorial contributions can be made to the Leander United Methodist Church Building Fund at 107 S West St, Leander, TX 78641.
Obituary and memorial guestbook available online at www.wcfish.com
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Nov. 16 to Nov. 17, 2013