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Nelson Puett Nelson Puett was born February 23, 1920, in Breckenridge, Texas, and passed away on Sunday, May 14, 2006. He moved to a farm outside Fentress, Texas, at the age of three and attended elementary and high school in Luling-nine miles from home. He attended the University of Texas until October 1940 when he received his wings and he flew in the North Atlantic and in the Pacific war zones and remained in the service until he returned to the University of Texas in 1948. Mr. Puett's connections to UT were extensive - his maternal grandfather, Thomas Moore Harwood, was a member of the commission that created UT and he was a member of the first Board of Regents. Mr. Puett was honored by being elected president of the "T" Lettermen Association in 1939 and he was inducted into the Austin Sports Hall of Honor in 1983. Of all of his athletic achievements, he was proudest of scoring the winning touchdown against Texas A&M in 1938. He founded Nelson Puett & Associates in September 1950 and he moved his offices to 5425 Burnet Road in 1954, which was considered the outskirts of Austin. Mr. Puett was active in homebuilding in Austin, Corpus Christi, El Paso and the NASA area and he took great pride in nurturing first time homeowners. Another philanthropic area of especial personal interest was the awarding of college scholarships to young athletes who not only showed excellence on the field, but also exhibited academic distinction. Nelson Puett supported and sponsored Little League football since its inception in Austin, and Little League baseball teams have played under the sponsorship of Nelson Puett & Associates. He met Ruth Barrow during Christmas 1941 and they married in February 1944. Together, they traveled the world and raised three children, Lucile Puett, Julia Puett Howry and Nelson Harwood Puett. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Ruth Barrow Puett; his daughter, Ruth Lucile Puett; and his son, Nelson Harwood Puett. Mr. Puett was predeceased by his daughter, Julie. He is also survived by his sisters, Frances Harris and Suzanne Goodell; and brother, Roane Puett; six grandchildren, Nicholas Kellogg Moise, Daniel Barrow Moise, Virginia Howry Liverman, Alan Sterling Howry, Caroline Chenault Puett, and Elizabeth Barrow Puett; and nine great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, May 16, 2006, at 1:30 p.m., at Westminster Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the charity of your choice. Obituary and guestbook online at

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Published in Austin American-Statesman from May 15 to May 16, 2006.
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June 4, 2006
To the Puett family,
From a long-time Austinite and friend who will always remember the good old days...Love you all,

Bitsy Bailey Henderson
May 24, 2006

I am thinking of you and wish you and your family the very best during this time of loss. I will be thinking of you and praying for your family that this sadness lifts and the future is bright.

KA at Sewanee 1974
Cosmo Boyd
May 24, 2006
Nelson personified energy, opinion, competition and enthusiasm. In any discussion or decision at the Austin Board of Realtors, he was a factor if he was in the room. I remember his pride in building homes for returning veterans after WW II and that he was old time handshake kind of guy. If he said it, you could take it to the bank.
I still set aside deer antlers when I come across them because he was always adding to a mountain of them on his ranch. A big and unique personality, he will be missed.
Bill Smith
May 18, 2006
May 17, 2006
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Raquel and Billy Odell
May 16, 2006
To The Nelson Family, I want to thank you for allowing your husband and father to give of his time and contributions to our Austin community and the real estate community. As a past president of the Austin Board of REALTORS® and an admirer and colleague of Nelson, I want to express my heartfelt sympathy to his family and friends. He was and will remain a "giant" in the real estate industry, as well as a legend in the community. My sincerest sympathy on behalf of the real estate community.
Sandy Bednar, ABR,CRB,CRS,GRI
West Austin Properties
Sandy Bednar
May 16, 2006
To Nelson and your family,

Please know that you are in the prayers of the Pearigen family and the Sewanee community. Your father's name will be read during Sunday Services in the weeks ahead. I have fond memories of Mr. Puett and his support for the KAs during your undergraduate years at Sewanee. As I recall he helped fund the purchase of furniture for the KA house and he was always an energetic and friendly presence during parent's weekend. I appreciate his abiding support of Sewanee through the years, and I'm thankful for what the Puett family means to us.

God bless you all.


Rob Pearigen, C'76
Rob Pearigen
May 16, 2006
Nelson and Caroline,

Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Linda and Tom Cummins
May 16, 2006
Nelson and Caroline, we are so sorry for your loss. What a great force of life he was! I love the stories about free haircuts for your friends during the 70's. You always knew where he stood. We're holding you close during this hard time.
Ann Burke
May 16, 2006
Dear Puett family,
We were shocked to hear of the passing of Mr.Puett.I have never met a man so full of life and the will to be outdoors and help people of all colors.I will deeply miss him.I am so glad that I was able to see him several months ago when I brought his picture to him from the store.I still tell my boys of the years that I hunted with him and what I learned from him.It has passed on to my two boys!I am sorry that I will not be able to make the service but I have broken both of my hips and I and going to get double hip surgery in a few days.What a great person and great AMERICAN he was and will always be.I will miss him deeply and I mean that.I showed my youngest boy the monster Mule deer that I killed with Mr. Puett back in 1971 that still hangs in our house today and it took me an hour to tell the story.I had tears in my eyes the whole time but I could not let the boys see that.Again we will DEEPLY miss this wonderful man.Your friends.Griff,Melissa,Billy and Luke Andrews.
Griff Andrews Andrews
May 15, 2006
Harwood, I heard about your father's passing from Randy Roberts. The lost of one's parent although evenual is never easy. I do remember your father from the bar be ques on the Guadalupe at your Hunt home. He will be missed. Jack
Jack Steele
May 15, 2006
Lucile, I know that your father had not been well for quite some time so that, in some sense, it is a blessing that he is gone. However, I also know what it is like to lose a father and that it is difficult to say goodbye. My thoughts and prayers are with you, your mother, and the remainder of your family.
Carole Gottleib
May 15, 2006
Nelson, our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family as you celebrate your father's life, his accomplishments and the many gifts and talents he so graciously shared with his community. Take care and God bless you and your family, Ed Moser
Ed Moser
May 15, 2006
I shall always remember Mr. Puett often buzzing our house in his plane as signal to meet them in town at Kruetz for lunch...great excitement. And he could still do a perfect flip from the rope swing into the river at 80 years. Tried to overlook his touchdown against A&M. David Cardwell
David Cardwell
May 15, 2006
Our prayers are with the Puett family members. We will never forget the fun we had with Mr. Puett on the river for the 4th of July. Such a wonderful person who enjoyed life to its fullest.
Bobby and Risa Parker
May 15, 2006
Ruth, I will never forget the trip to Guatemala mainly because of Nelson. I'm still telling stories he told all of us. He was devoted to you and I know you will miss him. Sincerely, Terry Clark
Terry Clark
May 15, 2006
Mr. Puett was an unforgetable person. I am proud to have known him. All best thoughts to his family.
Hilmar Moore, Jr.
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