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Harry Carlos ELLISON II

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Harry Carlos ELLISON II Obituary
ELLISON II, Harry Carlos

Harry Carlos Ellison II (Hank) died unexpectedly and tragically on the morning of September 12, 2013. Hank was born in Houston, Texas to Shirley Dent Ellison and Harry Carlos Ellison I on November 17, 1944. Hank's family moved to Pasadena, Texas, where Hank graduated from Pasadena High School before attending the University of Texas in Austin, where he received the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Hank was interested in construction and he could build anything and fix everything, be it animal, vegetable or mineral. He loved working outdoors, including operating a ski lift in Bishop, California and hand building early Texas style homes with his brother Mike. Hank began his "indoor career" framing pictures near Houston's Rice University and continued picture framing after he moved to back Austin from California. Hank married Amenda Jane Mehl in Austin on July 20, 1977. Together, Hank & Jane built their own home-- all except "the stucco, air conditioning, and the pool" as he liked to say. They had a large organic garden, raised beautiful Araucana chickens that laid hundreds of green and blue eggs, and had many gatherings with their families and friends. Together they raised two children, Ceilia Faye and Sean Bailey. Hank was proud of both of his children-- his daughter Ceilia married Hector Mario Gomez and gave Hank his only grandchild, Julian Leo. His son Sean married Caitlin Deemter, who together have worked as apprentices and future owners of Hank's other life project, Balcones Frame Supply. Since 1982, Hank and Jane owned & operated Balcones. Many family members & freinds throughout the years worked with them, including long-time employees Greg Moon, Rich Lauver, Joey Shuffield, Karen Dufresne, and Rick Bennett. Hank was especially glad that his father & mother worked so many years with him, because he loved being with them. Both his children, practically all his nieces and nephews & many of their friends also became employed through Hank's effort to make sure everyone knew the importance of geometry and how to fearlessly add complex fractions. Hank was one of the very first picture framers in the world to receive the designation of Certified Picture Framer (CPF) from the Professional Picture Framers Association in 1991. He volunteered with numerous artist's groups in the area, teaching "how-to" classes; he judged framing competitions; he donated to local causes-- particularly he enjoyed association with Austin's Art From the Streets project. Hank loved hiking, camping, playing handball, kayaking, windsurfing, woodworking, leather working, and pretty much anything & everything that would get him grimy and/or sweaty. Jane had the privilege of buying him three new shovels over the years because he kept wearing them out. Eventually he had a custom solid-iron handled one especially made to keep up with his robust digging in solid caliche on his property so he could make places to grow all sorts of native trees and plants. Hank had recently retired after 50 years of framing to begin travelling, often visiting the West coast, where his grandson lives, as well as many other places to see his old and new friends. Particularly loved were his trips to Peru, where he went to the Amazon River headwaters to live in a Shipibo village & learn even more about plants. Hank was industrious, virtuous, honest, and caring as a husband, father, son, brother and friend. His word was his bond and everyone he met knew his laughter and his ability to listen, to hear and understand. He will be greatly missed by everyone. Hank is survived by his mother, Shirley Ellison; his aunt Beth McGee; his wife, Amenda Jane Mehl Ellison; his daughter, Ceilia Faye & husband Hector & grandson Julian Leo; his son Sean & wife Cait; his brother Michael & wife Betsy; his sister Sheila & husband Chester. He will be fondly remembered by all his aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. As we say our goodbyes to this wonderful man, please remember that he loved us. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to Useful Wild Plants in Austin, Texas, which is actually an ironic way to still give flowers. Hank would love that irony. The family wishes to thank Travis County EMS, sheriff's department, first responders and especially Travis County Victim's Assistance for being with us in our time of need. Memorial services are Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 10 AM, Cook Walden Funeral Home, 6100 N. Lamar Blvd, Austin TX 78752. Join us in celebrating the life of Hank. Condolences may be sent to


Published in Austin American-Statesman from Oct. 3 to Oct. 6, 2013
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