James Duane Budd

11 September, 19378 October, 2021

James Duane Budd passed away on October 8, 2021, following a lengthy illness. He lived many years with complications of a stroke suffered in 2011. Jim was born in Flint, Michigan, the son of Julie and Duane Budd. He attended Bentley High School and received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Michigan in 1960. He served in the military upon graduation from college before beginning his career as an architect in Flint, Michigan.

In 1963, following a life-changing decision to move to Texas, Jim became a member of one of Texas' oldest architectural firms, Pitts, Mebane, Phelps and White, located in Beaumont. He later became the senior partner of Budd, Beets, Harden and Kolflat, a firm noted for laboratory design for petrochemical and scientific industries. During Jim's years as an architect, he enjoyed acting as a mentor for high school and college students who were considering architecture as a career. Jim loved golfing and enjoyed the travel and camaraderie of his Beaumont golf friends, the “Go Away from Home and Play Golf Association”, otherwise known as “GAGA.”

In 1984, the Budd family relocated to Austin for Jim to work on the design of the Brown Heatly Building for the State of Texas, located on North Lamar. Jim became active with the Downtown Rotary Club, University Presbyterian Church, and the Austin Chapter of the American Institute of Architects where he served in various leadership roles. During his years in the Rotary Club, he was instrumental in establishing the Camp Enterprise Program for area high school students.

Although a commercial architect, Jim thoroughly enjoyed the process of designing his family's homes in Beaumont and Dripping Springs. He was also a talented watercolorist who spent many summers in Maine where he was an active member of an art cooperative in Belfast, Maine, an unending source of enjoyment for him.

Jim is survived by his wife of sixty years, Peggy LePard Budd, whom he met on a blind date while in college. He is also survived by daughter, Amy Graber and husband, John, of Atlanta; Scott Budd and wife, Gina, of Austin; grandchildren (who affectionately called him Bopa) John Graber III and his wife, Shayna, and Jim Graber of Atlanta; Mary Caroline and Margaret Budd of Austin; and Lauren and Will Naas of Beaumont. He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Carrie Budd Naas.

The Budd family wishes to thank endless friends in Beaumont, Dripping Springs and Austin who faithfully supported Jim and Peggy during Jim's illness with special mention of Ms. Brenda Cross and Ms. Andrea King. Additional thanks to the many faithful home health companions from Redbud Home Care, and Hospice Austin who provided excellent and compassionate care during Jim’s final months.

Funeral Services will held be on Saturday, October 23 at 2 p.m. at University Presbyterian Church in Austin, TX. For those who wish, contributions can be made in Jim’s name to the Camp Enterprise Program of the Rotary Club of Austin Foundation, the University Presbyterian Church Micah 6 Food Pantry, or another charity of choice. Donation links can be found below.


  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, 23 October , 2021


James Duane Budd

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Pixie and Mark Cohn

26 October 2021

Dear Peggy and family,
May all the joyous years that you shared together with Jim bring comfort to you at thi

Dear Peggy and family,
So saddened to learn about your beloved Jim. May all the wonderful
times you spent together bring comfort to each of you as you remember him..
May his memory be a blessing.
Mark & Pixie Cohn


20 October 2021

It was my good fortune to meet and work with Jim and Peggy in early 2013. Although mostly wheelchair bound at that time, Jim would faithfully do his "exercises" and we'd sing the Star Spangled Banner and other familiar tunes. He was an avid painter and one of his watercolors hangs on my wall.

Peggy is an amazing woman of courage and fortitude with a delightful sense of humor and keen eye for color and art. Jim designed their homes - Peggy completed them, beautifully.

Dedicated To Jim and to Peggy - a small poem of mine:
I take your hand
Your eyes are closed
As we dance, this final dance,,,

Life’s battles done
And pleasures won
All words spoken

Your breath is soft – inaudible
As you gently glide
To the other side – of eternity.

In the end – there’s only Love.


John Davis

17 October 2021

Jim Budd was one of my most favorite people. He was a gifted architect and valued friend and colleague. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
-John M. Davis, FAIA

Gregg Wildes

13 October 2021

The Budds and Wildes have been close family friends my whole life. Many fun times were enjoyed with the Budd family, usually with much laughter and smiles. Of special memory is the time when I moved to Austin. Peggy and Jim welcomed me with their warm hospitality to the city, my new home at the time. Their warmth and welcome was enjoyed and they have always been people with great heart and kindness that they share with others. Jim will be missed, warm memories remain, and my heart is with your whole family.
With love,

Tony Towler

11 October 2021

Dear Peggy and family,

Bob and I send our sincere condolences. Jim will always be in my heart and know that he may not be here physically but know with his work as a designer and unbelievable artist will be missed. Big hugs and kisses to all of you and your family.

Chris Cobourn

11 October 2021

Jim was such a great person. We loved him here on Fire Road 48 in China Maine. He was, and is, such an integral part of the life of our life here on China Lake. He painted a beautiful painting of Rockport Harbor for my 50th birthday. I think of him every time I see it, we miss you But will always treasure the fact that we got to know you. We will toast to you on our next lobster bake, and every lobster bake to come

Becky and Bill Yoes

11 October 2021

Thinking of you all as you grieve the loss of Jim, a delight to know and share good times, so very talented. Prayers that you are comforted knowing he is
whole and at peace.