Family Login:

Earl J.  Nesbitt, Jr.

Obituary for Earl J. Nesbitt, Jr.

October 3, 1935 - July 1, 2017
Austin, Texas | Age 81

Obituary

Earl. J. Nesbitt, Jr., 81, died Saturday, July 1, 2017 following a battle with Alzheimer's. Born in Danville, VA, on October 3, 1935 to Ruth Lillard Nesbitt and Earl J. Nesbitt, Sr., Earl spent his early years in a number of states around the country as his father's career with the Civilian Conservation Corp and then the Army Air Corp demanded. He began high school in Wichita Falls, Texas, and from that point on, considered himself a Texan. In 1951 his father's career sent the family to Paris and Earl met the love of his life, Katie Zitzman, at the Paris American School, a small school for military families. After his senior year, Earl returned to the Lone Star State in 1952 and began college at The University of Texas at Austin. Katie followed the next year. While at UT, Earl was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity and pursued his life-long passion of Architecture. Earl and Katie were married in 1956 and graduated from UT in 1957.

Earl was the son, the brother and the son-in-law of military officers and always had the deepest respect for the military, serving at Bergstrom Air Force base in the Air Force Reserve following graduation.

In 1958 the first of their four children, Katherine Ruth Nesbitt (Barfield) was born. The next year Earl moved his family to Corpus Christi and accepted a position with Page Southerland Page and Whittet. Their other children; Caroline Marie Nesbitt (Osmon), Earl Johnson Nesbitt, III (John) and Kenneth Robert Nesbitt, were all born during the next decade in Corpus.

In 1970 Earl moved the family back to Austin to open his own architectural practice. He continued to give back to the profession he loved, serving as president of the local chapter of the Texas Society of Architects, a member of the Texas Foundation of Architects, a member of the Westlake Master Planning Committee and the Westlake Hills Zoning and Planning Commission, and as a teacher for the local carpenter's union where he taught budding draftsmen and carpenters blueprint reading.

Earl became involved with a number of civic organizations, first with the University Optimist and then the Westbank Rotary Club where he was a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd for more than five decades and served the church in numerous capacities including as Verger, Lay Minister, Vestry member and Sunday school teacher. Earl's passions included Texas Lady Longhorns Basketball, Longhorn Football, golf, World War II history, a good single malt, traveling to Scotland, a cut-throat canasta game, movies and spending time with his family.

Earl was preceded in death by his parents and one grandchild, Sterling Archer Nesbitt. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Katie Z. Nesbitt, daughters Kathy Barfield and her husband, Mike; Caroline Osmon and her husband, Steve; sons John Nesbitt, and Ken Nesbitt, and his wife Lauren. Earl is also survived by 5 grandchildren; Amanda Davey (Jeff), Logan Osmon, Luke Osmon, Alexander (Xan) Nesbitt and Arabel Nesbitt and one great-grandchild, Brinley Jo Davey. He is also survived by his brother Col. Robert L. Nesbitt (Ret.) and his nieces Dawn Baker and Lisa Rose and numerous cousins.

A Memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, July 14, 2017 at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 3201 Windsor Road in Austin.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to The Nature Conservancy of Montana, 325 E. Ewing, Helena, MT 59601; The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd Endowment Fund, 3201 Windsor Rd., Austin TX 78703 or The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International at www.rotary.org/give .

Recommended Local Florist

Suggested Memorial Donations

  • In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to The Nature Conservancy of Montana, 325 E. Ewing, Helena, MT 59601;
  • The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd Endowment Fund, 3201 Windsor Rd., Austin TX 78703 or The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International at www.rotary.org/give .

Arrangements By

Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home North

3125 N Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78705
Map  | Profile

View Phone Number
Email Us

Resources