Alvin Earl DeVane
Alvin Earl DeVane was born in Elba, Alabama on November 2, 1923 and passed away peacefully on January 1, 2012. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1943 and served as a radio operator on a C-47 in the Pacific Theatre. Sgt. DeVane was assigned to the 318th Troop Carrier Squadron (Commando), 3rd Air Commando Group. He met his future wife and found a new home in Austin, Texas while stationed at Bergstrom AFB. His 26-year career with the Austin Police Department began in 1957 where he enjoyed serving the city's constituents, finally retiring as the Lieutenant of the traffic division. One of his favorite duties was coordinating security and escorts for visiting dignitaries. He loved interacting with the public while working traffic at festivals, parades and Longhorn football games. There was a special place in his heart for Vincent R. DiNino's University of Texas Longhorn Band. Lt. DeVane spent his career ensuring the citizens and streets of his beloved Austin were safe and was overwhelmed when Alvin DeVane Blvd was named in his honor, stating "There will always be a part of me in Austin, Texas." Alvin enjoyed his leisure time traveling, singing & listening to Barbershop music, watching the Longhorns, operating his ham radios and spending time with his family and many friends. He was preceded in death by Toni DeVane, his wife of 67 years. He is survived by four children, seven grandchildren, and their spouses: Alvin & Candace DeVane, Teresa & Curtis Crail, Lisa & Mark Fisch and John & Kimberly DeVane. Bradley & Paige Crail, Thomas Crail, Jaycie DeVane, Alyssa DeVane, Gracie DeVane, Suzanne DeVane and Jonathan DeVane. Visitation will be at 6:30 p.m. with a Rosary service beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 4th at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home. Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 5, 2012 at St. Louis Catholic Church followed by burial at Oakwood Cemetery. Obituary and memorial guestbook available online at www.wcfish.com
Published by Austin American-Statesman on Jan. 4, 2012.