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Katz, Sol, 88; Corsicana native started throwing The Dallas Morning News in high school and went on the serve on the board of directors of Belo, the parent company; in Plano, May 9, 2002.

Kazen, Jimmy, 90; one of four sons of Lebanese immigrants who achieved prominence in South Texas politics; former prosecutor and judge; in Laredo, Feb. 25, 2003.

Keeter, Thomas Lee, 79; as head of horticulture services for the San Antonio parks department he devoted more than 30 years to beautifying the city, particularly the famed River Walk; in San Antonio, Jan. 1. 2007.

Keeton, W. Page, 89; dean of the University of Texas School of Law from 1949 to 1974 credited with helping develop it into one of top such institutions; in Austin, Jan. 10, 1999.

Kelsey, John R. Jr., 88; Deport native, physician who was co-founder of the Kelsey-Sebold Clinics in Houston in the late 1950s; in Houston, July 21, 2010.

Kelso, John, 73; longtime humor columnist for the Austin American-Statesman beginning in 1977; described as the “primary interpreter to the masses of some of what makes Austin so Austin”; in Austin, July 28, 2017.

Kelton, Elmer, 83; famed Western novelist wrote more than 60 books mostly set in West Texas, spent most of his life as a journalist writing about livestock and ranches, first for the San Angelo Standard-Times; in San Angelo, Aug. 22, 2009.

Kemp, Harris A., 84; architect who designed Dallas Memorial Auditorium and other downtown landmarks; in Dallas, Oct. 24, 1996.

Kennard, Don, 81; champion of state parks and education, represented Fort Worth in Texas House 1953–1962, state Senate 1962–1973; in Austin, March 17, 2011.

Kennedy, Ken, 61; Rice University scientist whose software design work paved the way for emergence of the commercial supercomputing industry of the 1980s; in Houston, Feb. 7, 2007.

Kennedy, Rod, 84; entertainment producer who in 1972 started the Kerrville Folk Festival as an offshoot of the Texas State Arts & Crafts Fair; moved to Houston as a teen in the late 1940s; in Kerrville, April 14, 2014.

Keyes, Evelyn, 91; Port Arthur native played Scarlet O’Hara’s younger sister in Gone With the Wind, was married to Artie Shaw; in California, July 4, 2008.

Keys, Bobby, 70; Rolling Stones saxophonist grew up in Slaton, as a kid hung out with Buddy Holly and the Crickets, met Stones on tour in San Antonio in the mid-1960s, when he objected to their covering Buddy’s “Not Fade Away,” a friendly, professional bond followed; in Tennessee, Dec. 2, 2014.

Kiefer, Adolph, 98: swimmer who won a gold medal in the 1936 Berlin Olympics as a 17-year-old known as “Sonny Boy”; son of German immigrants, he attended the University of Michigan before following his coach Tex Robertson to the University of Texas at Austin in 1939; during service in the Navy in World War II he designed a comprehensive swim training program for recruits; founded a swimming equipment firm that developed the nylon swim suit and the kick-board; was the oldest living Olympic champion; in suburban Chicago, May 5, 2017.

Kilby, Jack St. Clair, 81; the Nobel laureate and longtime engineer at Texas Instruments whose 1958 invention of the integrated circuit made possible the microprocessor and ushered in the electronics age; in Dallas, June 20, 2005.

Kilgarlin, William, 79; former Texas Supreme Court justice, devised the 1993 “Robin Hood” school finance plan that shifted funds to poorer districts, served in Legislature; in New Mexico, Nov. 5, 2012.

Kilgore, Joe M., 80; member of Congress for South Texas from 1954 to 1964 and adviser to Lyndon Johnson; in Austin, Feb. 10, 1999.

Killingsworth, Jim, 83; basketball coach at Texas Christian University where his teams, known as “Killer’s Frogs,” won back-to-back championships in the Southwest Conference in 1986 and 1987; in Owasso, Okla., June 10, 2007.

Kilpatrick, Charles O., 91; journalist started on East Texas newspapers in 1950s, later spent 40 years in San Antonio including as publisher of the Express-News 1971-1990; in San Antonio, June 26, 2013.

Kinch, Sam Jr., 70; covered state and national politics for 40 years in Austin and Washington, many for The Dallas Morning News; in Austin, Feb. 1, 2011.

King, Betty, 89; secretary of the Texas Senate 1977-2001, before that worked in the state Capitol for 30 years in various posts; in Austin, Dec. 1, 2014.

King, Don C., 71; Jermyn native led the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association 1966 to 1995 as general manager; during his tenure the group grew to more than 13,000 members; in Fort Worth, Oct. 24, 2000.

King, Larry L., 83; Putnam native was journalist, author and playwright, works includedThe Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and his 1960s book The One-Eyed Man; in Washington, Dec. 20, 2012.

Kingston, Mike, 56; journalist, editor of the Texas Almanac since 1981; in Dallas, Feb. 13, 1994.

Kinzler, Jack, 94; considered “Mr. Fix-It”  at NASA where he worked for decades as chief of technical services, credited with saving the Skylab space station when the thermal shield failed in 1973; in a Houston suburb, March 4, 2014.

Kitchens, C. T. “Jack,” 85; with McBrayer (see McBrayer obit) developed the first offset newspaper press; in Fort Worth, Dec. 15, 2002.

Klingenberg, Elmo, 84; served with the Fort Worth Stockyards for 32 years before retiring as president in 1978; at his daughter’s home in Chattanooga, Tenn., July 23, 2001.

Knox, Buddy, 65; rockabilly singer and songwriter of the 1950s who wrote “Party Doll”; born in Happy; in Bremerton, Wash., Feb. 14, 1999.

Kocurek, Willie, 98; Austin civic icon, bow-tie-wearing pitchman in his appliance store commercials, served on school board 1946 to 1954 including four years as president; in Austin, Jan. 1, 2009.

Koonce, Paul B., 94; longtime manager of Houston’s municipal airport (1941 to 1973, named Hobby in 1967); helped plan the city’s intercontinental airport (now called Bush); in Houston, Feb. 28, 2001.

Korioth, Tony, 71; legislator from Sherman brought successful "one man, one vote" lawsuit in the 1960s, which challenged districting that concentrated power in rural areas; in Austin, May 29, 2004.

Koy, Ernie Sr., 97; part of 1930 through 1932 UT Longhorn football teams with 22-7-1 record; played five years in major league baseball beginning with the Brooklyn Dodgers; in Bellville, Jan. 1, 2007.

Koy Kistler, Margaret, 63; part of legendary Koy sports family, hired out of UT-Austin in 1967 at the Abilene Reporter-News, becoming one of first female sportswriters in Texas; in Bellville, Feb. 22, 2008.

Kozmetsky, George, 85; benefactor of the University of Texas where he headed the College of Business Administration from 1966 to 1982; laid groundwork for Austin’s emergence as a technology center; in Austin, April 30, 2003.

Kraddick, David “Kidd,” 53; radio and TV host of morning program heard in many U.S. markets as well as worldwide on the Armed Forces Radio Network; suddenly in New Orleans while at a charity golf event, July 27, 2013.

Krause, Elton, 88; farmer/rancher who founded one of the state’s most beloved swimming holes Krause Springs near Spicewood, opened in 1962; in Austin, Nov. 15, 2011.

Kreigel, Henry, 88; served in Houston as city treasurer for 17 years and eight as Harris County treasurer; in Beaumont, July 18, 1996.

Kronkosky, Albert Jr., 87; heir and former owner of the Gebhardt Chili Powder Co.; in San Antonio, Oct. 23, 1995.

Kubiak, Dan, 60; Democratic legislator who served eleven terms in the Texas House beginning in 1969; in Rockdale, August 1998.

Kuempel, Edmund, 67; esteemed veteran Republican legislator since 1983 from Seguin, oversaw Capitol restoration in the 1990s; in Austin, Nov. 4, 2010.

Kyle, Chris, 38; former Navy SEAL was Midlothian resident, wrote best-selling American Sniper about killing more than 150 in Iraq, he was shot and killed along with another veteran Chad Littlefield at a gun range near Glen Rose; Feb. 2, 2013.

 


 

 

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