KEMP, Richard "Dick" |
Richard 'Dick' Scott Kemp, 72, of Lakeway, Texas, passed away Friday, April 18, 2014 at his home. All who knew him will mourn the loss of this caring, gentle giant.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, April 24 at the Austin Country Club, 4408 Long Champ Dr, Austin, TX 78746, with Major Gerald Street officiating. Those wishing to sign Dick's guestbook may do so at http://wcfish.tributes.com/obituary/show/Richard-Dick-Scott-Kemp-101264190.
A fourth generation native of Austin, Texas, Dick was born November 24, 1941. He graduated from McCallum High School in 1959 and from the University of Texas at Austin in 1963, where he studied business and played basketball (and occasionally scrimmaged with the football team when they are running short of players). As a young man, Dick was an extreme sports enthusiast spending time hunting, water skiing, riding motocross bikes, flying single engine planes and developing a love for fishing. Upon graduation, he worked for Glastron boat company in Austin and invested in real estate on the side, quickly finding real estate to be a passion. Dick established Kemp Properties in 1978 and built this real estate company into a unique firm handling a wide variety of properties across Texas.
Dick served as a leader and active member on the local, state and national levels of the Realtor Association. He has led a varied path as a Realtor since 1976 participating on many levels and committees throughout the real estate industry, including being the 1996 President of Texas Association of Realtors and a Director at the National Association of Realtors.
His personal commitment to every aspect of the community has led to his involvement in the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center in Austin. While Chairman of the Advisory Council, he coordinated construction of a new $8.5 million facility at no cost to the community. Four retail stores selling reworked, donated merchandise pay all operating costs of the ARC which houses up to 118 men participating in rehabilitation and counseling.
With boating in his blood, it was natural for Dick to have a passion for fishing, and he enjoyed offshore snapper fishing best of all. Dick maintained a home and boat in Port O'Connor for many decades, collecting many friends and fishing mates along the way. Dick was active in CCA and loved participated in fishing tournaments along the Gulf Coast, especially POCO Bueno.
Dick also had a love of golfing that gave him many opportunities to influence the Austin golf community. While Chairman of the City of Austin Golf Advisory Board, Dick negotiated the Brackenridge Tract Agreement, which preserved Lion's Municipal Golf Course for the City for an additional 55 years. Dick was also instrumental in preventing the privatization of the municipal golf courses in Austin. This effort preserved significantly lower fees for the public. This love of the game of golf and his natural desire to care for people opened the door for Dick to sponsor a trio of brothers from Venezuela, two of which have graduated from college and are playing professional golf. His affection for all things golf has touched an inestimable amount of people.
Of his many lifetime outstanding achievements, Dick will best be remembered for the way he cared for people. Dick did not see people in terms of their background or economic level but as individuals worth knowing and having a relationship with. He was well known as someone who would always lend a helping hand, while inspiring others to do the same. Whether on the golf course, across the negotiating table or on his boat, Dick was characterized by looking out for and taking care of all those in his sphere of influence.
Dick was preceded in death by his parents and brother Patrick.
He is survived by his wife Melisa Thompson Kemp, brother Donnie Kemp and many young men and women who were mentored and guided by Dick.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center, 4216 S. Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78745
Obituary and guestbook available online at www.wcfish.com
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Apr. 22 to Apr. 23, 2014