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1934 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Howard Dean ARRINGTON Obituary
ARRINGTON, Howard Dean

Dean Arrington of Austin, Texas went to be with the Lord Friday, May 9, 2014, after a long and courageous battle with diabetes. He was born in Athens, Texas on November 6, 1934 to Henry Aubrey and Mary Kate Arrington.

He graduated from Marshall High School in 1953. He was elected president of the senior class and enjoyed participating in sports with the Marshall Mavericks. Dean attended East Texas Baptist College in Marshall and graduated from Baylor Law School in 1959. While at Baylor, he served as chairman of the Grievance Committee and was a member of the Delta Theta Phi Legal Fraternity. Dean was admitted to the Texas Bar and to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas in 1959. He was also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court in 1973. His degree was elevated to Juris Doctor by Baylor Law School in May 1969.

Dean met and married his wife, Cynthia, in Pittsburg, Texas where he practiced civil law. He was elected County Attorney of Camp County in 1960. He and Cynthia, along with their two young sons, Jeff and Jim, moved to Austin in 1964. Their family was complete with the birth of Jud in 1968. Dean served the people of the state of Texas as an Assistant Attorney General from 1964 until his retirement in 1994. He served in that capacity under the administrations of six Attorney Generals. Dean completed his legal career working with the Texas Department of Transportation.

The Texas Rangers had a devoted fan in Dean. He loved the game of baseball having had the opportunity to coach Little League, then watch his sons and grandsons play the game. He was also entertained by dance recitals, always bringing bouquets to the granddaughters.

Dean was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Laverne Gelling.

He is survived by his wife, Cynthia, sons and daughters-in-law Jeff and Paige, their children, Justin, Jason and Abby; Jim and Vicki, their children, Drew, Tyler and Jett; Jud and Kristen and their children Anna, Jackson and Judson. He is also survived by a sister-in-law and brother-in- law, Glynda and Ingo Olejak and a number of nieces and nephews.

Serving as pallbearers will be Justin Arrington, Drew Arrington, Jason Arrington, Tyler Arrington, Jackson Arrington, Judson Arrington and Jett Arrington. Honorary pallbearers will be Anna Arrington and Abby Arrington.

The family would like to thank all of Dean's friends from the Marshall area, as well as, neighbors and friends from the Westlake/Austin area for their prayers, friendship, love and support over the years.

A celebration of Dean's life will be held at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home at 3125 North Lamar Boulevard in Austin, Texas, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 25, 2014.

In lieu of flowers, the family would request that you make an honorarium to Ronald McDonald House Charities at 1315 Barbara Jordan Boulevard, Austin, Texas 78723, or to a .

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Published in Austin American-Statesman from May 18 to May 19, 2014
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