Dan T. Richards Daniel Thomas Richards Jan. 23, 1948 - Feb. 22, 2009
Dan T. Richards, our truly beloved friend, son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, boss, colleague, mentor and fellow law enforcement officer was called to be with the Lord on Sunday, February 22, 2009. He was 61 years old. Dan is survived by his wife of 22 years, Deborah; his sons, Ben Richards and wife Julie, Andy Richards and wife Lana, Heath Kitchens and wife Kristi, and Stason Kitchens and Lisa McCormick. Dan is also survived by his mother, Gladys Davidson and husband James; brothers, Frank and wife Sheila, David and wife Rhonda, and Jon; sister, Cindy Wallin and husband Wes, Linda Rucker and husband Kurt; Clayta Richards, mother of sons Ben and Andy Richards; and his six grandchildren, Maegan, Brooke, Kimberly, Jeremy, Briley, and Kaitlyn and numerous extended family members which Dan had touched in his loving way. Preceded in death by his father, Daniel Hunter Richards.
Dan T. Richards was born and raised in Sparta, White County, Tennessee where he graduated from White County High School in 1966. He relocated to Austin, Texas while attending the University of Texas. He joined the Travis County Sheriff's Office as Chief Deputy under Sheriff Doyne Bailey in January of 1981, and also served as Chief Deputy under Sheriffs Terry Keel and Margo Frasier.
Dan and Deborah are members at Central Christian Church in Austin, where he was an Elder and a 4-term Chairman of the Board. Lion Dan Richards - A member of the Austin Downtown Lions Club since 1981, Dan held a progression of club offices leading to his term as president in 1988-89. Bastrop County - Upon his "retirement" in 2003 and homesteading to Bastrop County, Dan continued his Austin service but quickly engaged himself in serving his new neighbors. He served as an election judge in Bastrop County for the last five years. Dan agreed to be a commissioner with our first Emergency Service District and was assigned to that position by Bastrop County Commissioners Court in Dec. 2003 through 2006. In 2008, Dan was appointed to the Citizens Advisory Committee of the Bastrop County Comprehensive Transportation Plan, where he was actively working on long-range planning for the county's transportation needs.
As much as his love for his Church, community and his law enforcement profession were important to him, it did not compare to his love for his wife and family. Thefamily sends a special heartfelt thank you and love to the great folks at 5 Point and Bluebonnet Volunteer Fire Stations, to the Brackenridge Hospital Traumaand ICU Medical doctors, nurses and staff for their excellent care and to all familyand friends for your prayers, support and tender love and care.