Otis Tom BUDD

BUDD, Otis Tom

Otis Tom Budd, 86, of Austin, TX died peacefully at home on December 31, 2013 surrounded by family and loved ones. He was born November 27, 1927 in Waelder, TX. His family later moved to San Antonio where he graduated from San Antonio Vocational and Technical High School as president of the senior class. He immediately entered the Navy where he served as a pilot toward the end of World War II. He then attended college under the GI Bill and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin.

An avid lover of both Shakespeare and UT football, Otis served in a long career as a physical education teacher and coach of students of all age levels. For many years he taught and coached wrestling, track, and swimming at the Texas State School for the blind in Austin, during which time he completed his Master's Degree at UT, writing a thesis on teaching wrestling to blind students. Following that he taught and coached gymnastics at Pan American University in Edinburgh Texas and concluded his career back in Austin at Anderson High School.

The Olympic Games were a lifelong passion which began with his being in very close contention for a position on the track team for the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki, Finland. Those and the subsequent games he attended, and in which he often officiated, afforded the opportunity to travel the world and form many lasting friendships from Finland to Australia and Montreal to Korea.

In his last years he will be most remembered as a very good neighbor, active in neighborhood association affairs and as a library volunteer. He was recently inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

He is survived by his son, Andrew Raymond Budd, step-daughter Judith Lynn Collander (John)and step- grandchildren, Jonathan and Christopher Collander, and predeceased by his son, Tom Walton Budd, his parents, Bernell B. Budd and Glynn Alice Patton Budd, and his brother, Bernell Patton Budd.

The family is grateful for the services of the staff at Emeritus at Spicewood Springs and the assistance of the staff of Compassionate Care Hospice, especially the loving support of Jonea Raney. At his request there will be no memorial services.

Published in Austin American-Statesman from Jan. 3 to Jan. 4, 2014