Willie Austin was born in West Memphis, Arkansas. He came to the Pacific Northwest in 1980 to play football at the University of Washington, and eventually became the World Drug Free Powerlifting Champion. The true impact of his life, however, came after his days as a professional athlete. In 1994, Willie founded the Austin Foundation, an organization dedicated to the well-being of our community through health and fitness programming for youth in King County. Over the next two decades, Willie became a passionate advocate for health, an inspirational mentor to area youth, and a community leader. He will be remembered for his perpetual positivity, willingness to give of himself however he was called, and ability to inspire and empower youth to achieve their fullest potential. Willie is survived by his wife, Vanisha, and their soon-to-be-born first child.
The funeral service will be held Sat. 4/27 at 11:00 am at the The Church By The Side of the Road (3455 South 148th St., Tukwila). There will be a celebration of Willie's life held at 2:00 pm at the Rainier Community Center (4600 38th Ave S, Seattle). To find our more and to make donations to continue Willie's cause please visit www.youthandfitness.org