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“I spent most of my time around Mel many years ago, during high school. I was dating his gorgeous don Mark. He was always very nice and tolerant. I'm...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: Donna Galindo Hayes - Austin, TX

“Mel was a fine man. We worked together at DPS and hunted with each other. My condolences to Betty, Bob and the rest of the faamily. Mike Cox ”
2 of 6 | Posted by: mike cox - austin, TX - friend

“Mel will be dearly missed by all of us. We were so lucky to have had him as a part of our family. ”
3 of 6 | Posted by: Janie & Joe Cavazos - Austin, TX

“Lots of memories -- from first pregnancies, when you moved back to Austin and then bought our sweet little house. Lots of laughter and joy. Love,...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: Helen Blocker Payne - Katy, TX

“Not only did Melvin graduate from high school with me, he was in the first grade class with me at Sam Houston School in Pampa, Texas. As I recall he...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Betty Norman Wood - Austin, TX

“Betty and family: We are so sorry to hear about Mel's passing and moving on his journey into the next life and in the Lord's arms. Mel was such a...Read More »
6 of 6 | Posted by: Gaylan and Michelle Lyon - TX


Melvin "Mel" Carter Peeples was born on September 13, 1932, to Hugh and Mamie Peeples. He passed quietly on January 28, 2012, in the loving presence of his family. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Betty; son Robert; son Alan and his wife Reynalda; son Mark and his wife Susan; grandchildren Duane, Philip (wife Tasha), Kara, Lorien, Gabriel, and Angela (husband George); great-grandchildren Brandon, Damian, and Alyssa.

Mel attended Pampa High School and the University of Texas, graduating in 1955. He met his wife, Betty, in the summer before their freshman year of high school and they were married on January 25, 1953, while attending the University of Texas. After graduation, Mel began his professional life in private practice in Pampa, Texas, raising his family there until 1962. The family then moved to Austin where he was employed by the State of Texas until retiring from the Department of Public Safety in 1993.

Mel was a large and powerful man but his friends and family know that his physical presence was dwarfed by his virtues. He was a loving, caring family man and a trusted, reliable friend to those close to him. He enjoyed a wide range of hobbies - hunting, fishing, model airplanes, photography - but one of the things he most enjoyed was being the fix-it guy for his grandchildren. Mel and Betty also loved to travel to Mexico, making innumerable trips beginning in the '80s along with their close friends of more than forty years, Bob and Linda Casbeer.

Mel will be deeply missed by his friends and family.

The family would like to give thanks to the staff at St. David's Hospital, Round Rock Medical Center for their diligent and thoughtful attention to Mel's needs over his last days.

Memorial services will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 2nd at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 N Lamar, Austin.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256 www.woundedwarriorproject.org or a charity of choice.