Lonnie Lisenbee
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LISENBEE, Lonnie On Monday, May 18, 2020 Lonnie Earl Lisenbee Jr. passed away at the age of 55 in Austin, Texas due to complications following cardiac arrest. He didn't like to brag, but Lonnie was born in Odessa, Texas where he survived growing up as the baby with seven older sisters. After a brief stint working with his dad on the oil rig, he left West Texas for Austin and started working banquets at the Marriott. This eventually led to him transferring to Salt Lake City and San Francisco, making many dear friends along the way. In 1995 he found Tod Francis on the doorstep two doors down from his apartment, and two months later they started what would grow into a 25-year relationship. They finally each put a ring on it and married in 2016. A man of many hobbies, Lonnie's pursuits over the years included figure skating, scootering on his Piaggio BV 350, tennis, and stargazing. He just started teaching himself watercolor painting once the quarantine began. He enjoyed traveling and had a particular love for the Netherlands, which he had the pleasure of visiting twice. Lonnie was passionate about work, where he always gave 100% and brought joy to every job he had. Since 2006 he worked for The University of Texas at Austin in business and faculty affairs. He also cared deeply for his very large, loving family. He is preceded in death by father Lonnie, mother Mary Lee, and sisters Mary Brown and Iva Joyce Halfacre. He is survived by his husband Tod Francis, sisters Linda Sanders, Pat Phillips, Deanna Parrack, Kathy Lisenbee, and LuAn Lisenbee, brother-in-law Ernie Phillips, and many, many loved nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, and even great-great nieces and nephews. Once it's safe to gather, a memorial service will be planned. For now, those who would like to can make a gift in his memory to feedingamerica.org.

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Published in Austin American-Statesman on May 21, 2020.
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May 27, 2020
I'm going to miss you deeply. I had a great time working with you in the Provost's Office. You were incredibly easy to talk too and made some wonderful snicker doodle cookies. You will be greatly missed.
May 25, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always. Thanks for being a great friend, thanks for being a person that anyone can run to for help, or just a smile.
Lydia Maldonado
May 22, 2020
You had such a sweet spirit Lonnie and will be missed .
May 22, 2020
I met Lonnie while working on a major project for UT Austin. Lonnie brought much humor and levity to our work group, and he was such an interesting person to talk to. He will be greatly missed by us at the university. My sincere condolences to Tod and the family.
Michelle Weedman
May 22, 2020
I am so sorry for Lonnie leaving this plane so soon! I had the chance to work with him at UT and enjoyed what an absolutely amazing person he was. He will be missed by so many and always remembered by all those he touched. So thankful to have met you and Thank you for your kindness always...RIP Lonnie ...
Debbie Dillingham
May 21, 2020
I remember Lonnie from Odessa High School, he was such a nice guy and always made me laugh. You will be missed Lonnie
Karen Dickson
May 21, 2020
Lonnie was my little brother. Coming from such a large family, he was also my roommate for many years. We had an absolutely, amazing childhood. Since we had many nieces and nephews around our same ages, we always had best friends to play with. The holidays were so fun and filled with food, family and love. I'm not sure how I'll get through this. He was not just my silly, rotten, loving, funny, pesky, little brother, but a wonderful and favorite Uncle to my two sons. I'm counting on him to be our guardian angel. I know Mom and Dad were so happy to see him when he crossed over. He, Daddy and Uncle Benny are probably having a jam session as we speak. Till I see you again Luonnie. I love you!
Lu An Lisenbee
May 21, 2020
My deepest condolences. Lonnie was the knower of all things and so pationate about his job. UT will miss him greatly.

Jennifer Betancourt
Department of Communication Studies UT
Jennifer Betancourt
May 21, 2020
The entire UT community will miss Lonnie. He was a pleasure to work with and I can only imagine the loss his family is feeling. May you rest in peace and love and light to his loved ones, especially his husband.
May 21, 2020
I loved working with Lonnie at UT Austin. He was so smart, funny and warm. I will miss him very much.

Theresa Werkheiser
May 21, 2020
Lonnie was such a joy to work with, always ready with a smile and willing to help dig thru a problem. He will be greatly missed. My condolences to his family
Jen Tysor
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