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John William "Bill" Gainer, Jr.

Obituary for John William "Bill" Gainer, Jr.

September 2, 1930 - January 11, 2018
Austin, Texas | Age 87

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John William "Bill" Gainer, Jr., passed away on January 11, 2018. A life-long Austinite, Bill was born on September 2, 1930, to Hortense and J.W. Gainer. He was preceded in death by his parents, son Trey Gainer, and son-in-law Jim Foster. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Pat Gainer, daughter Gale Foster, son Mike Gainer and wife Hallie, daughter LeeAnna Mask and husband Bryan, daughter-in-law Debbie Gainer, eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and his beloved dogs, Charlie and Rudy.

Bill graduated from Austin High School in 1948 and attended the University of Texas, where he developed an unending love and loyalty for UT Athletics. In 1943, Bill commenced his claims career as a mail clerk at Hammerman and Gainer, where he remained until his retirement as President in 1996.
During his career, he was active in state and national professional associations, serving as president of the Texas Association of Independent Insurance Adjusters in 1965, and the National Association of Independent Insurance Adjusters in 1976. Bill developed a reputation as an exceptional and sought-after public speaker, delivering countless motivational, patriotic and numerous speeches over the years. He brought down the house with tales of Oatmeal, Texas, goat pellet flipping, Bubba Ballard, Dixie Lee Duncan, and Larry Domino the 65th.

Bill's retirement was short-lived. He soon embarked on a second career as an actor. He performed in several community theater productions, independent films and commercials, and is probably most recognized as Jimmy John's Old Coot.

But Bill was probably best known as a golfer. He proudly played for the Austin High and University of Texas Freshman Golf Teams. He qualified and played in the 1984 US Senior Open, was a founding member of the Austin Golf Association, and was a rater for Golf Digest Magazine for over 20 years. Bill was the 1952 Firecracker Open Champion and the 2002 Super Senior Champion of Austin Country Club. Serving two terms as president of Austin Country Club, Bill was instrumental in the move of the Club to its current Lake Austin location.

A visitation is scheduled for Wednesday, January 17, 2018, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at The Hills of Lakeway Country Club, 26 Club Estates Parkway, Austin, Texas. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, January 18, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. at Lakeway Church, 2203 Lakeway Boulevard, Lakeway, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, Bill wished for you to make donations to the Austin Humane Society or the University of Texas Athletic Department.

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  • In lieu of flowers, Bill wished for you to make donations to the Austin Humane Society or the University of Texas Athletic Department.

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Lakeway, TX 78734
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