Robert T. (Bob) Present

  • Born: February 1, 1927
  • Died: September 25, 2018
  • Location: Austin, Texas

Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home North

3125 N Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78705
Tel. (512) 452-8811

Tribute & Message From The Family

Robert T. (Bob) Present went to be with the Lord in Austin, TX on September 25, 2018. He was born in Brooklyn, NY, on February 1, 1927 to Katherine and Jack Present. He entered the Army in 1945, but due to medical issues, was honorably discharged that same year. He accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior and Lord in Burbank, CA, and was baptized in 1947. He met the love of his life, Mary Jean Oren, in Phoenix, AZ, they married in 1949 and moved to Indianapolis, IN. Bob earned a Bachelor of Science degree, With Distinction, in Business in 1951, from Indiana University and was elected to membership in Beta Gamma Sigma.

In 1952, Bob and Mary Jean (known as Pops and Tutu to their grandchildren and their friends) moved to Dallas, TX. Bob went to work for First National Bank in Dallas that year and had a distinguished career.

In 1970, Bob was named President & CEO of the Capital National Bank in Austin, TX. He was elected Chairman of the Board & CEO in 1973. The Capital National Bank was purchased by Texas Commerce Bancshares in 1984. He was elected Executive Vice President of Texas Commerce Bancshares and a member of the Bancshares Management Committee. He retired in 1986.

Bob's civic service was significant: it included serving on the Board of Trustees of St. David's Hospital; Chairman and member of the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army; the Board of Trustees of Huston-Tillotson College; the Board of Visitors of UT Cancer Center, MD Anderson Hospital; Chairman & Director of the Austin Chamber of Commerce; Chairman & Director of the Texas Research League; Trustee of the Baylor College of Dentistry; member of the Austin Area Research Organization; Board of Elders St. Paul Lutheran Church; and Director of the Lutheran Social Services.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Jack Present and Kate Levin, his wife of 50 years, Mary Jean Present, and his second wife of 12 years, Sue Moffit Present.

He is survived by his son Rich Present, son Randy Present and wife Cathy Present, and his grandchildren Zach Present, Brittany Present, and Summer Crown and her husband, Joe.

Bob (Dad, Pops) leaves a legacy of deeply loving his family, living with integrity, and a commitment to finish what you start.

Visitation will be Sunday, September 30th, from 5pm-7pm at Weed -Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 North Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX, 78705. A memorial service will be held Monday, October 1st, at 11am, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 3501 Red River Street, Austin, TX, 78705.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to one of Bob's favorite charities: the Salvation Army, the St. David's Foundation, or St. Paul Lutheran Church.