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William Daniel (Dan) Vaughn

Obituary for William Daniel (Dan) Vaughn

September 5, 2018
Austin, Texas


William Daniel "Dan" Vaughn, 68, husband of the late Phyllis Vaughn of Austin, greeted our heavenly father on September 5, 2018 in Austin, Texas.

Born June 18, 1950, in Crockett, Texas, he was the son of Bill and Jean Vaughn. He attended Deer Park High School, graduating cum laude, and attended The University of Texas at Austin where he graduated with high honors, as a member of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. In 1975, he graduated from The University of Texas School of Law, and later earned his Master of Laws in Intellectual Property and Information Law from the University of Houston Law Center. He was board certified in Estate Planning and Probate and designated as a Martindale-Hubbell AV rated attorney.

During his career, he represented a variety of businesses, governmental and non-profit entities, financial institutions, and individual clients. He was a partner at McLeod Alexander Powell & Apffel in Galveston, Texas, serving as general counsel for the Galveston Park Board of Trustees and Port of Galveston. He was instrumental in the initial legal structuring of the $600 million Moody Gardens project, a private–public development funded by The Moody Foundation, as well as the popular 800 passenger Colonel Paddlewheeler. He was a longtime member of the oversight committee of Moody Gardens, a project started in 1983, which now has 1,000 employees and two million visitors annually. Under the authorities of Governor William P. Clements, Jr. and the Environmental Protection Agency, he was appointed to the Management Committee of the Galveston Bay National Estuary Program, serving for five years in an effort that resulted in the creation of The Galveston Bay Plan. He served on the Board of Directors of the Galveston Island Railroad Museum; Board of Trustees of Trinity Episcopal School, including one term as Board President; the Vestry of Trinity Episcopal Church; and the Board of Trustees of the Expansion and Excellence Fund for Trinity Episcopal School Endowment Fund. He also served as the Republican Chairperson for Galveston County.

In 2002, he and his wife moved to Austin, Texas where he accepted a position at Jenkins & Gilchrist and served as Vice President of NeuroMedics Technology. He later established the Law Office of W. Daniel Vaughn then accepted a position at the Texas General Land Office. He served on the Board of Directors of the Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce and as Chairman of the Lake Travis Convention and Visitors Bureau, and he was a member of the Rotary Club of Lake Travis.

He enjoyed painting and writing and loved nature, often admiring the sunsets and landscapes of the Texas Hill Country. He was a passionate University of Texas fan, proudly displaying his "Hook'em Horns" in support of the Texas Longhorns. He was an avid reader and researcher, possessing an insatiable thirst for knowledge and was hard-working and dedicated, seeing every commit to the finish. Above all, he was a devoted and loving husband, father, and grandfather, dedicated to his family.

He is survived by his mother; daughter, Eryn Ebaugh and son-in-law, Stephen Ebaugh of Houston, Texas; daughter, Carly Vaughn of Austin, Texas; four grandchildren, Cory Rozier of Austin, Texas, Sienna Bohn of Austin, Texas, William Ebaugh of Houston, Texas, and Elizabeth Ebaugh of Houston, Texas; a sister, Deborah Ploucher of Pinehurst, Texas; brother, Timothy Vaughn and sister-in-law, Sheri Vaughn, of Deer Park, Texas; sister-in-law, Kelley Stubbings and her husband, Curtis Stubbings of the Woodlands, Texas; two nephews, Derrick Ploucher of Pinehurst, Texas, and Eric Stubbings of Houston; and two nieces, Jeni Hendrix of Deer Park and Paige Stubbings of New Orleans, Louisiana.

He is preceded in death by his father; father-in-law, James Kelley Grimes; and mother-in-law, Augustine Grimes.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Esophageal Cancer Awareness Association or the Save Texas History Program.

Thank you to the staff at Grace House and the hospice nurses that provided care during his last months of life.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 1:00 PM at St. Michael's Episcopal Church, 1500 North Capital of Texas Highway, Austin, Texas 78746.

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  • In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Esophageal Cancer Awareness Association or the Save Texas History Program

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