Jack Howell

8 April, 19258 June, 2021

Jack Howell died peacefully on June 8, 2021 in Austin at the age of 96. He was born in Coolidge, Texas on April 8, 1925 to U.D. and Turzie (Mills) Howell.

Jack enlisted in the Marine Corps in July 1943 and was a Marine Air Corps aviator. The aircraft was the SDB Dauntless dive bomber. His group was assigned to protect various islands with the Philippines Island chain. Jack was awarded the following for his service: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal and the Honorable Discharge Button.

Jack married Kathleen Belshan Fuller in 1965. They purchased a ranch in Dripping Springs where they raised and bred registered quarter horses until 1990. They sold the DS ranch and purchased 40 acres in Poncha Springs, Colorado. They built a three-story log home, where they spent the summer months and would return to Austin for the winter. As soon as the snow began to melt in Colorado, they would pack up and return to their home on the mountain.

Jack's passion in the '60s and '70s was drag boat racing. He and Kathleen raced in Texas and other states and won over 90 races. They had racer friends all over Texas and multiple other states. He is an original member of the Southern Drag Boat Association.

Jack is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Kathleen; and sister, Bobbie Bruton. He is survived by his son, Jack W. Howell and wife, Billie; son, Jim Howell and wife, Kathy; grandchildren, Kelly Strange and husband Matt; Jeff Howell and wife, Rachel; Jay Dustin Howell; and Kristina Faias; great-grandchildren, Alexandra, Molly, Jordan, Jaden, Nathan, Jordan and Garrett; sisters, Clarita Hayes and Beth Johnson; and several nieces and nephews.

Since 2017, Jack lived at Ledgestone Memory Care. Our family deeply appreciates the love and care given to him while he was there.

He was a quiet and honorable man. It was hard to get him to smile for pictures sometime. His happiest times were 45 years married to Kathleen. She was the love of his life and we are sure he is smiling at her now.


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, 15 June , 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, 15 June , 2021


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Dawn Tysdal

5 July 2021

I simply loved Jack. I had the honor and privilege of taking Jack to Ledgestone's church service on Sunday mornings. I loved his gentle and sometimes spirited ways. Taking him on walks around the property we'd spy all God's great gifts of nature. Some days I pulled up videos of drag boat races and watched them with him from my phone. You could see a spark of excitement as he pointed to the phone saying "That's me."

It's true. When we give to others we gain so much more. Without many words, a forever friendship was formed. The time we spent together eased the hurts I had from the loss of my mother and father. And, I can only hope, I brought him moments of love and fond memories as he gave me both in our times together. You're in a beautiful place Jack but I miss friend. I pray for the Howell family...May you have peace that surpasses all understanding.

Dayton Grumbles

11 June 2021

Jack was a good man. He and his wife visited my sister and brother in law in New Mexico. I enjoyed seeing him at Ledgestone . I am sorry for your loss. I miss seeing him.

Dayton Grumbles

Bryan and Dorri Sanders

11 June 2021

Mr. Howel was such an inspiration to so many racers. He was a true legend that will always be admired and respected by the boat racing family. We thank him for his service and sacrifices made in serving our country. Rest in peace.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

Bryan and Dorri Sanders

Kathy Howell

11 June 2021

When Jim and I went to Colorado to visit. I remember seeing all these huge rocks. I commented to Jack about them and he looked at and said “ you are in the Rocky Mountains “ then he just laughed. It was so funny. I still smile when I see huge rocks. He was an amazing father in law and he will be missed

DonnaLee Allen

11 June 2021

I had the pleasure of meeting Mr.& Mrs. Howell back in 1977,I had recently join the “collie club”. I remember they were always smiling and Mr.Howell would have some stories to tell which made everyone laugh. They were very informative when speaking about collies. I learned a lot from them.
My Deepest Condolences to all family members.

DonnaLee A.

Salma Roquet

10 June 2021


My name's Salma and I'm a 17 year old in Virginia writing my last essay of Junior year and I wandered off into google images and saw Mr. Howell's obituary page. It made me cry a lot, he seemed like a wonderful man.
He had gone through so much in his life, and even though I never knew him, I felt the need to offer my condolences to his family. We would've been friends I think. Also the building a three foot story long house is epic! I wish I could thank him for his service and let him know how cool I thought he was.
I just wanted to say you guys are going to be okay, and he's waiting for you up in heaven.


DeLane Ibarra

10 June 2021

Jack and Jim we are so sorry for your loss. He was such a sweetheart and it’s right that he is back with Kathy. Love to you and your families.

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