William Prichard Person
William Prichard Person of Austin, TX, passed away on July 26, 2014 following a valiant ten-year battle with cancer. Will was born on February 13, 1950, in Vicksburg, MS, and grew up in nearby Port Gibson. After graduating from Baylor School in Chattanooga, TN, Will left college to serve in the U.S. Coast Guard during the Vietnam War. He then moved to Flagstaff, AZ, where he began a twenty-year career as a restaurant manager and chef. Moving to Austin in 1980, Will helped open Good Eats Cafe and later spent several years as manager of the Texas Chili Parlor. He then re-entered college and earned both Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Concordia University-Austin. From then until his retirement in 2005, Will taught middle school mathematics in Lockhart and Dripping Springs, TX.
Will lived to enrich the lives of others. He fed them, he taught them, and he made a new friend every day. Will also cultivated key philanthropic interests, the most important of which focused on Central Texas. His extended family, close to home and around the world, will never forget his uniquely positive outlook, his loving spirit, his infectious sense of humor, and his generosity. Will never failed to inspire joy, even in the face of the greatest challenges. He understood the beauty of living and cherished every moment, embodying the phrase "a life well lived."
Will was preceded in death by his mother, LaNoue Prichard Person. Will is survived by his loving wife, Julie Buckthal Person, their children, Natalie Heberling of Albuquerque, NM, and Paul Heberling of Washington, DC; his parents, James and Jane Person of Austin; his brothers and their spouses, James Person III and wife Lee, and Thomas Person and wife Janet, all of Austin; his father-in-law, Paul Buckthal, and his brother-in-law John Buckthal and wife Jennifer, all of Amarillo, TX; seven nieces and nephews; and his ever-expanding circle of friends and loved ones, including Katie Wallat of Washington, DC, Ashley and Jason Bartner of La Tavola, Italy, and Unique and Sabrina Griego of Albuquerque, NM.
Will's family wishes to express particular gratitude to his oncologists, Dr. Jerry Fain of Austin and Dr. Paul Mathew of Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA.
A memorial service was held at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 1, 2014, at St. Andrew's Episcopal Upper School Chapel, 5901 Southwest Parkway, followed by a reception in the Dell Fine Arts Center.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages contributions to: Tufts Medical Center,
Dr. Paul Mathew's Prostate Cancer Research, 800 Washington St., Box 231, Boston, MA 02111.
Arrangements by Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home - (512) 452-8811. Obituary and guestbook online at www.wcfish.com
Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Homes & Cremation Services
3125 N Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78705
Published in Clarion Ledger from Aug. 3 to Aug. 4, 2014