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McMANAMEE, Jr., Louis James ("Mac") 82, died on June 30 after complications from probable Lewy Bodies Dementia. His contributions to life as a beloved husband, father, friend, musician, builder, thinker, and mechanic will be cherished by those who knew and who loved him. Mac was born to Louis and Adele McManamee (n?e Drummond) in East St. Louis, Illinois. After graduating from Eastside Central High School and lettering in music and golf, he joined Sigma Pi fraternity at Southern Illinois University and earned a Political Science degree before serving honorably in the US Army as a medic and math tutor to help fellow soldiers earn their GED's while stationed in Erlangen, Germany. In the early 1960s, he worked for the Illinois Department of Public Aid as an Administrator (where he met his wife, Ann Rust) and earned his Masters in Social Work with honors from Washington University in St. Louis. By the early 1970s, he and Ann moved to Miami where he assisted with the founding of Florida International University and by 1976, he and Ann moved to Austin with their young daughter so that he could pursue a PhD at UT but instead discovered Lake Travis. He and Ann soon decided that Mac would build the family home (mostly by himself) and drive a school bus part time for the district. He learned a lot about construction from his grandpa and by consulting professionals including "Dynamite Jack" Womack, a WWII veteran, and an explosives expert with an epic personality, as well as taking courses in electrical wiring, bricklaying, and masonry at Austin Community College. Mac loved telling stories, making jokes, spending time outdoors, composing music, and playing several musical instruments including clarinet, flute, piano, and saxophone (soprano, alto, and tenor) while teaching his daughter, Buffy (n?e Mary), how to read music and to play clarinet. In the 1990s, he had a regular sax gig on Friday nights at the Austin Crest Hotel (now the Radisson at Congress) with the ACC Jazz Ensemble led by Dr. Tom Husak; and, over the years with his daughter at the Austin Civic Wind Ensemble or in group gigs with friends. He also could identify and repair within hours any car or truck problem (whether routine or complex) in the driveway or on the roadside. Although shy at times, Mac loved his neighbors as an extended family along with all his family and friends in town and across the country whom he dearly loved including his lifelong buddy, Don Domescik. Mac also adored his extended family and son-in-law, Tim Burnett, for sharing love, laughter, happiness, and all challenges with his daughter. The family extends our heartfelt appreciation to Stephen Blair, MD; Hana Aubrechtova, MD; Bliss Burdett Pak, Amanda Sandlin, and Reba Adams with Farrell & Pak, LLC; Nurse Case Managers; Park Manor Bee Cave; Brookdale Lakeway; Hospice Austin; the Austin Center for Radiation Oncology; Seven C's Mortuary; and American Forensics for their compassionate care and tireless assistance with our questions and concerns. We regret not listing everyone by name but please know that your efforts are critical to all who will depend upon you. An informal gathering will be held in his honor in Austin and RSVPs or condolences are appreciated to [email protected] All friends and family are welcome to attend and to stay as long as able. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to help fund dementia and Parkinson's Disease prevention research.
Published in Austin American-Statesman on July 2, 2017
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