County loses ‘beloved leader’


Austin County Commissioner Doug King, 49, died suddenly Monday, Dec. 17, during an accident on Gebhart Road while repairing a piece of equipment with crew members.

County Judge Tim Lapham issued a statement noting that the county “lost one of its beloved leaders.”

“At approximately 2:30 p.m., two moving pieces closed suddenly on Commissioner King,” the statement reads. “Emergency responders were immediately called to the scene. Commissioner King died on scene from his injuries.”

The commissioner, who recently was re-elected to his third term on the Austin County Commissioners Court, was described as “a dedicated commissioner and father.”

His family issued the following statement:

“As most of you have already heard, our family has suffered a tremendous loss. On Dec. 17, we tragically lost a son, brother, nephew, cousin, friend and most importantly with devastating heartbreak, a Dad. After suffering through the loss of their mother just six years ago this is unfathomable so we ask that you take a moment of your time and say a prayer for his precious children.”

A fund for his children is set up at First National Bank of Bellville in the name “Doug King Family Fund.” The family asks that donations be made in lieu of flowers.

At press time, funeral arrangements were pending.

“Pray for his family in this time of tragedy,” Lapham said in the press release.


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