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David H. Essex Jr.


1971 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
David H. Essex Jr. Obituary
ESSEX Jr., David Harper David Harper Essex, Jr. passed away in Round Rock, Texas after a brief illness on August 2, 2018 at the age of 46. Harper was born in Nacogdoches, Texas on December 1, 1971 and spent his childhood years in Midland. As a student Harper excelled in athletics. He and his tennis partner, Luke Morrow won the state championship in doubles tennis as a junior at Midland High School. He graduated from Midland High and attended Baylor University where he made the Baylor tennis team as a walk-on. He received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Baylor in 1994. For the past 16 years Harper has made his home in Austin where he worked in business sales at Dell, Inc. and LegalZoom. Harper was good natured and outgoing, and immediately endeared himself to everyone who met him. He was known by his family and friends for his fun-loving sense of humor. A devoted loving father, Harper cherished time spent with his sons. Harper is survived by his father David Essex of Midland, his mother Claire Rhotenberry and husband Jim of Santa Fe, New Mexico, his sons, Pierce Essex and Elliot Essex of Denver, Colorado, his sisters Elise Ansley and husband Mark and their sons Mason and Oliver of Frisco, Texas, Hillary Armstrong and husband Jared and their sons Jack and Wyatt of Austin, brother Hudson Rhotenberry of Brooklyn N.Y. A private family service was held in Austin, Texas on August 4. The family would be honored by memorials made in Harper's name to the Scholarship Program at the Bush Tennis Center, 5700 Briarwood Avenue, Midland, Texas 79707 or the . Online condolences may be offered at Beckchapels.com. The family would like to offer a special thanks to Harper's girlfriend Melissa for the care and attention she provided Harper during his illness. David Essex is hosting a reception celebrating Harper's life at the Racquet Club of Midland on August 15th from 5-7 pm.
Published in Austin American-Statesman on Aug. 9, 2018
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