Douglas W. King
On April 13, 1969 the world became a better place when Douglas W. King was born in Bellville, Texas to Dennis and Carolyn King. He was a whopping 10-pound baby undoubtedly due to his extremely big heart. He was born into a large family and close community in Wallis where he played sports, especially his absolute favorite, football. Doug was a Boy Scout and achieved the highest rank of Eagle Scout and was active in Guardian Angel Catholic Church. He graduated from Brazos High School in 1987 where he made the most amazing friends that have stayed like a family, regardless of time or miles.
Doug never backed down from hard work; he was a tremendous ranch hand and even started his first part time job at the age of 10 with King Construction. He spent the majority of his teenage years working alongside of his father, grandfathers, and uncles absorbing every ounce of knowledge and wisdom possible. He went on to finish college while juggling a full time job which was no surprise.
Doug found the most amazing way to join together the knowledge and wisdom of the men he respected most to fulfill a career dream. He learned the construction business from some of the best, his grandfather, Racy King and his uncle, James King. He learned all about politics and county government from his grandfather, Commissioner Leonard Melnar and his father, Judge Dennis King as well as his uncle, Commissioner Chris King. This dream became reality when he was sworn in as Austin County Commissioner Precinct 4 on Jan. 1, 2010.
Doug’s biggest dream and most amazing life achievement was becoming a father. He was the most proud of his three children, Marisa, Racy and Symantha. He wore many hats as he juggled all the roles as a parent from scout leader, football coach and consultant, volleyball and gymnastic cheerleader and chauffeur. He became proficient in styling pony tails and even accomplished the intricate art of braiding hair. His precious children were the reason for the twinkle in his big blue eyes.
Doug was undoubtedly welcomed into the gates of Heaven by the loved ones that preceded him in death. Grandparents, Leonard and Catherine Melnar; Racy and Margaret King, Aunt Carol King Nowak and the mother of his precious children, Lori King.
Memories and love for Douglas W. King will live on through his family; his children Marisa, Racy and Symantha; parents Dennis and Carolyn King; brothers Pat King (wife Jennifer), Brian King (wife Stacy); sister Mary Staff (husband Doug); niece Avery King; Aunt Linda Melnar; Uncles James King, Chris King and Karl King as well as extended family and close friends.
Pallbearers will be Bradley Reinecker, Tom Woolard, Andy Schulze, Chip Reed, Kevin Kosik and Adam Krol. Honorary pallbearers: his close friends Sean Walker, Jeff Kellner, Travis Mikeska, Joe Valis, Brian Simmons, Mark Dujka, Donnie Bosarge, Todd Bone, Steven Verm and Van Wedegartner (posthumously); Doug’s crew members; Josh Goebel, Patrick Bubela, Leon Wallace, Mike Hundl, Steve Konvicka, Michael Cieslewicz, Kenny Schaffer.
Also serving as honorary pallbearers will be Austin County Judge Tim Lapham, Commissioner Mark Lamp, Commissioner Bobby Rinn, Commissioner Randy Reichardt, Sheriff Jack Brandes, County Clerk Carrie Gregor, Austin County Sheriff Lt. John Janicek.
Memorials may be made to Doug King Family Fund, c/o First National Bank, P.O. Box 220, Wallis, TX 77485.
All services were held at Guardian Angel Catholic Church in Wallis, Texas; under the direction of Knesek and Sons Funeral Chapel, 122 N. First St. Wallis, TX 77485. www.knesekfuneralhome.com