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Obituary for Donald Hugh Cummins

October 9, 1928 - July 9, 2017
Austin, Texas | Age 88

Obituary

Donald Hugh Cummins
October 9, 1928 – July 9, 2017

Donald Hugh Cummins, 88, a long-time resident of Austin passed away peacefully on July 9, 2017, confident by faith that he has an eternal home in Heaven. He was predeceased by the love of his life, Betty Ann Bradfield Cummins, to whom he was married for 66 years, by his parents Roderick Hugh Cummins and Nona Holloway Cummins of Corsicana, and by two siblings LaRue Cummins Diviak and Gene Cummins. He is survived by two sons, Brad Cummins and Tom Cummins and his wife Linda, all from Austin, four grandchildren (Caroline Kristin Cummins of Denver CO, Landon Cummins of Austin, Katie Cummins Clark of Portland, OR, and Ryan Carswell Cummins of San Marcos), six nieces, and two nephews. Don was eagerly awaiting the birth of his first great-grandchild to Katie and husband, Tim Clark, who he loves already.

Don met Betty Ann Bradfield Cummins in 1947. She was the love of his life, and they were happily and spiritually inseparable for 67 years. Now they are reunited in Heaven for eternity.

Don was born on October 9, 1928 in Corsicana, Texas, graduated from Corsicana High School and Navarro Junior College, and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1950 with a degree in business and engineering. Following his graduation, he joined his father in law, William Landon Bradfield, and brother in law, Tom Bradfield in a real estate business that spanned over 60 years in homebuilding and thoughtfully planned residential neighborhoods and mixed use developments.

Don was a forward-thinking business leader who believed that Austin must develop a logical plan for transportation that would shape growth in west and northwest Austin in lieu of reliance upon Lamar Blvd and Balcones Drive as primary thoroughfares. He, and 6 others paid for an "origin and destination study" in the late 1960s to address these problems. After making a scaled- back plan for the building of MoPac, TxDoT found that there were no federal funds available to build new roads, as the Nixon administration had impounded taxes from gasoline, oil, tires, batteries that were originally intended for the benefit of construction and maintenance of major U.S. highways. Don, and the other 6 visionaries, enlisted the help of Rep. J.J. Pickle to sue the Nixon Administration to free up funding for the building of roads such as Loops 1 and 360. Unfortunately, Don did not live long enough to celebrate MoPac expansion without orange traffic cones. He will have to celebrate that monumental occurrence in the eternity of Heaven.

The family is deeply indebted to Sonia Garcia and Maggie White for lovingly attending to his care during his later years, to Byron Webre of the Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas, to Dr. Sonali Birewar, and the congregation of Hope Presbyterian Church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the general fund of Hope Presbyterian Church, the Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas, or to a charity of your choice, for what is important to his friends and family is important to him as well.

A Memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 21, 2017 at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Chapel, 3125 N. Lamar Blvd., in Austin. A reception will follow the services in the Visitation Parlor at the funeral home.

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  • In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the general fund of Hope Presbyterian Church, the Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas
  • or to a charity of your choice, for what is important to his friends and family is important to him as well.

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3125 N Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78705
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