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Lee J. Hagan, of Austin, passed away on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at the age of 70. A memorial service celebrating Lee's life will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Georgetown, 410 East University Avenue, Georgetown, Texas 78626. There will be a later private internment at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Bastrop County, Texas.

Lee was born on May 4, 1943 in Austin, Texas to Jack and Marie (DeGlandon) Hagan. After graduating in 1962 from A. N. McCallum High School in Austin, he served his country honorably in the United States Marine Corps. Lee served a tour of duty during the Vietnam War where he earned a Purple Heart. As a young Marine in the Vietnam jungles, he was frequently exposed to Agent Orange, and he lost his final fight with his third cancer. Lee was honorably discharged in 1969. After leaving active duty with the Marines, he returned to Austin and enrolled in the University of Texas where he earned a B.A. in Government and a B.S. in Communications in 1977. Lee was active in the Marine Reserves and was called for service during Desert Shield-Desert Storm. He retired from the Marine Corp Reserves with the rank of Sgt. Major after 30 years. Lee enjoyed a varied career, usually specializing in teaching/training sectors. He worked as a manager for HBH Co. in Saudi Arabia from 1980 to 1984. He finished his career in telecommunications where he managed communication systems for the Texas Lottery. Lee was a lifetime member in the Texas Exes and volunteered for football games at the D.K. Royal Stadium and basketball games at the Erwin Center. He was also an active volunteer with local performing arts venues such as the Long Center, Zachary Scott, and Bass Concert Hall. He was an active member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart and the Greater Austin Council of the Navy League of the U.S. He served as commander/president of both organizations. People were naturally drawn to Lee with his quite sense of humor and generous nature. Family and friends will remember him as a soft-spoken and caring individual who never, ever gave up.

Lee is preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law, Richard J. Holmes. He leaves behind his beloved partner, Ms. Pat Peterson of Austin and four sisters to cherish his memory: Patricia A. Holmes of Dallas, Mary D. Breckenridge and husband Merl of Georgetown, Linda J. Watkins of Austin, and Terri L. Beaty of Baltimore plus many other loving family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that memorial donations be directed to the .

Personal words of comfort may be sent to the family online at www.gabrielsfuneral.com.
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Feb. 16 to Feb. 17, 2014
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