COBB, LAWRENCE DEAN (1936 ~ 2015). The following is an obituary for L. Dean Cobb, former member of the Texas House of Representatives. It was published in the February 3, 2015 edition of the Austin American Statesman.
L. Dean Cobb, of Austin, died in his sleep at home on January 31, 2015. Born in Marlin, Texas, he was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence Morgan Cobb and Ruth Day Bladen, of Marlin, a brother, Monte Cobb, of Marlin, and a half-sister, Barbara Ann Kimes, of Killeen.
He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Garcia Cobb; daughters Kendall Cobb Courtney, husband David Courtney and daughter Sarah; Courtney Cobb Langford, husband Keith Langford and son Huck; and Susanna Cobb Butler, husband Marty Butler and children Clark and Sally, all of Austin. His brother, Donald Cobb, and wife Susan Cobb, of Clearwater, Florida; his first wife, Patricia Threadgill McNamara, of Austin; godson Bill Marsh and wife Elizabeth of Durango, Colorado, and many loyal friends also survive him.
Dean entered the University of Texas at Austin with a track scholarship, earning his B.A. in 1958. He received his J.D. from Baylor Law School in 1962. He was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity and the Texas Cowboys service organization. He began his law practice in Dumas, Texas, as a partner with Lovell, Lyle & Cobb. He was elected Moore County Attorney and went on to serve three terms in the Texas House of Representatives. He relocated to Austin as resident partner with Bracewell & Patterson in 1974 and entered solo practice in 1986 lobbying on behalf of many interests. He served his country as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army and the Texas Army National Guard. He was a Senior Active Member of the Texas Union Advisory Council and a Life Member, Grand Lodge of Texas, Ancient Free & Accepted Masons.
In his lifetime, he enjoyed far-flung travels with friends, reading, golf, running, and rooting for his beloved Texas Longhorn athletic teams. L. Dean Cobb, a scholar and a gentleman, was a man who, above all else, loved and cherished the joy he found in his family and friends. He was the Ding Dong Daddy from Dumas and you should have seen him do his stuff.
A memorial service will be held at 1:30 PM, Thursday, February 5 in the Gallery of the Texas State Cemetery, in Austin, with celebratory fellowship to follow at the Star Bar, located at 600 W. 6th Street. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to a charity of your choice.