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“Dear Rosanne and family, We send our deepest sympathy on the loss of your son, Kirk. I treasure the beautiful ring he made for me. And we...Read More »
1 of 22 | Posted by: Lillian and James Clayton Austin

“I have had the pleasure of working with Kirk for around 9 years and I felt very blessed to count him as a friend as well over the years. He had a way...Read More »
2 of 22 | Posted by: Rich & Françoise Olschwanger - TX

“Kirk was a vibrant, energetic, caring, kind man; professional all the way through. He will be missed. I will miss him. May the good Lord be with...Read More »
3 of 22 | Posted by: Dottie Kennedy - Tucson, AZ

“My dear Lori, I am so sorry for your loss. I remember meeting you and Kirk many, many years ago when the two of you first started your business. ...Read More »
4 of 22 | Posted by: Lenny Dubin - Houston, TX

“All of us in Kirk's close-knit ASA appraisal family are deeply saddened by the loss of such an extraordinary and talented friend and colleague. We...Read More »
5 of 22 | Posted by: Nancy Stacy - Walnut Creek, CA

“My condolences to the family. We've shared many memorable Express games. He will be missed. ”
6 of 22 | Posted by: Robert Green - Austin, TX

“In 2011 my wife & I met Mr Root at his store. We decided to put her engagement/wedding ring on consignment. Mr Root was a consummate professional so...Read More »
7 of 22 | Posted by: James Babcock - Round Rock, TX

“Kirk was so passionate and so talented and so kind to share it with all of his peers. He will be missed. ”
8 of 22 | Posted by: Shelley Sandler - Houston, TX

“We were so sorry to hear of the death of Kirk, We had known him and his family for many years. He and our oldest dayghter, Stephanie, graduated from...Read More »
9 of 22 | Posted by: Dayland & Kay Parsons - Abilene, TX

“My father, John Nichols worked with Kirk for many years. Every time I saw Kirk, he was so nice & always asked about my family. When my sweet Mother...Read More »
10 of 22 | Posted by: Kelly Hall - Austin, TX - Friend

“I will remember fondly the activity Kirk Root gave to LSGIAAA meetings and visits. A great man, a loss to our industry. ”
11 of 22 | Posted by: Janisue Rigel - The Woodlands, TX

“My sister and I were saddened and shocked to hear of Mr. Root's death. He was a regular customer where we work at Round Rock Donuts and we have been...Read More »
12 of 22 | Posted by: Kelly Rivera - Round Rock, TX

“My deepest sympathies to the family of C. Kirk Root. I hired Kirk as an appraiser for the U. S. Marshals Service back in 2002. His was always very...Read More »
13 of 22 | Posted by: Lisa Black - Co-Worker

“Good-bye Kirk. Rest in pace. You were an exceptional man, husband, father, son-in-law, and member of the community. Thank you for who you were and...Read More »
14 of 22 | Posted by: Joanne Berdeen - Ashland, OR

“So terribly sorry to hear of Kirk's death. H had a sterling reputation in the trade, was well loved and respected in the industry, and my business...Read More »
15 of 22 | Posted by: jon siegel - Houston, TX

“My sympathies to Kirk's family and friends during this difficult time. I just had an opportunity to hear Kirk's interview with Bob Cole from...Read More »
16 of 22 | Posted by: Sandi (Freudenberg) Toungate - TX

“So terribly saddened to hear of Kirk's passing. I too was one of his classmates at Pflugerville HS '79. Kirk was a very kind hearted young man that...Read More »
17 of 22 | Posted by: Gayle Ward-Conner - Aurora, CO

“I am sadden by the loss of Kirk, he was a devoted husband, father & son. He was a professional mentor for me and will be truly missed. ”
18 of 22 | Posted by: Lisa Teamer - Houston, TX

“Saddened to hear of Kirk's illness and passing. Praying God's tender mercies and sweet comfort will surround you now and in the coming days. ”
19 of 22 | Posted by: Linda Attaway - Austin

“A beautiful man of God goes home to his Savior, and leaves behind an outstanding legacy. A faithful servant. The world is a better place because He...Read More »
20 of 22 | Posted by: Wendy Gordon Abrahamsen - TX

“I am heartbroken at Kirk's passing. I have fond memories of going to school with him at Pflugerville High and of my husband and I buying my...Read More »
21 of 22 | Posted by: Lisa Runyon Meacham - Austin, TX

“I am so sorry for your loss. Kirk was a wonderful man. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. ”
22 of 22 | Posted by: cathy stark quick


C. Kirk Root went home to his Savior Jesus Christ on January 8, 2014 after his hard fought battle with melanoma cancer in his liver and bone. Kirk was born in Marshall, Texas on March 3, 1961 to Rosanne and Vernon Root.

After moving to Austin at a young age, he eventually graduated from Pflugerville High School in 1979. During his senior year in high school he overheard a phone call about jeweler's school and decided that is what he wanted to do. He graduated from the Texas Institute of Jewelry Technology, Paris, Texas in 1981. It was shortly prior to this time that he met his future wife, Lori McAuley, at their church's youth camp. In May of 1983 they were married and lived in Brownwood, Texas. When Lori graduated from college, they moved back to Austin where Kirk opened his own jewelry business and became the youngest Master Gemologist Appraiser at the time. This love of jewelry and appraisal work will continue through his current business, C. Kirk Root Designs

Kirk was blessed to have a profession that was also his favorite hobby. He was an ASA certified Master Gemologist Appraiser for over 25 years. This elite accreditation is so difficult to attain that currently only 42 people internationally hold the title. He was also a GIA Graduate Gemologist and TIJT Gemologist. Kirk's gemological expertise made him one of the leading appraisers for the FBI, DEA, and ATF. Kirk was a former Chairperson of the International Gems & Jewelry Committee for the American Society of Appraisers (ASA).

He was an active member, Sunday school teacher, and Deacon at Austin Baptist Church where he taught high school classes. Kirk has been ministering to youth for almost 30 years and has impacted numerous lives with his teaching.

Kirk was recently blessed to witness his oldest son, Chris, be commissioned as an officer in the United States Marine Corps and his youngest son, Casey, be awarded the rank of Eagle Scout. In addition, he finally received a daughter when Cub, his middle son, was engaged to Amy Maletta. Kirk and Lori celebrated 30 years of marriage this past May and were blessed to spend time in Hawaii celebrating together.

Kirk is survived by his wife Lori, their three sons Chris, Cub and Casey, his mother Rosanne, brother Larry and wife Martha, sister Leanne and her four children, Dylan, Stacey, Laura and Clarissa.

Visitation will be held from 7:00pm to 9:00pm on Friday, January 10, 2014 at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 North Lamar. Family graveside service will be held Saturday morning and a Celebration Service for Kirk will be held 4:00pm Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Austin Baptist Church, 7016 Ribelin Ranch Dr., Austin, TX. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the charity of your choice.