Dan Felts

May 28, 1927May 8, 2013

Dan Felts, age 85, passed away Wednesday, May 8, 2013. He was born in Austin, on May 28, 1927 to Amos Martin Felts and Ilene Lytton Felts. He graduated from Austin High in 1944. At 17 years of age, he joined the Navy and was trained as an aviation air gunner and machines mate. He was stationed at several locations in the United States and lastly was assigned to Corpus Christi, Texas. Before he could be shipped to a war zone, the war was over and he was discharged with an Honorable Discharge.

After the war, he attended the University of Texas and received a BBA Degree and a Law Degree in 1952. He opened his office for law practice in the old Norwood Building. He practiced solo for 8 years, practicing transportation and general practice law, following in the shoes of his father, who died in early 1952.

For a short period, he practiced with an old high school mate, Malcome Robinson, for about 4 years. He returned to solo practice for another 4 years. He joined a firm known as James, Robinson, Felts and Starnes. As time progressed, the firm became known as the premier transportation law firm in the Southwest, with representation clients such as Roadway Express, Saia Motor Freight Lines and numerous other leading motor carriers in the nation.

Dan was the President and General Counsel of the Southwest Household Goods Carriers for 20 years, a large group of truck companies that specialized in loading, transporting materials and unloading household furniture and accessories.

He was also President and General Counsel of the Texas Sand and Gravel Carriers. This large group of trucking companies specialized in transporting materials for building projects, like highways, all types of road, and other major projects.

He concluded practice with a longtime friend, Tim Mashburn, under the name of Felts & Mashburn.

He retired in 2004 to spend time traveling and enjoying his family. He is survived by his wife, Laura Felts and children, Jan Bullock of Austin, Carol Keller of Austin, Dan Felts, Jr. of New Braunfels, Tammy Palermo of Cibolo, Texas, Martha Rae Casino of Fuqua Varina, North Carolina, Raymond Scott Ihrig of Austin; and twelve grandchildren as well as four great-grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank a number of doctors that have prolonged a great retirement life. A few are Dr. Robert Pederson, Dr. William McCarron, Dr. Kent Beasley, Dr. Peter Nutson, and a number of other great and professional physicians.

Family and friends are invited to a visitation from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 12, 2013 at Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, May 13, 2013 in the Chapel of Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Memorial Park.

The family of Dan Felts, respectfully suggests that in lieu of flowers any contributions may be paid to the Austin Pets Alive.



  • Visitation Sunday, May 12, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, May 13, 2013


  • Interment

Dan Felts

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May 18, 2013

I was so very sorry to here about Mr. Felts. I remember visiting you and Jan at your home when we were in Murchison. I remember him being a very wonderful, kind man. You and your family are in my thoughts always, Elaine Johnstone (Tate)

Carol Yax Yarbrough

May 17, 2013

Dear Laura and Family,
I am saddened to learn of Dan's death. As you know, he was a great friend and mentor to me for many years. Those years are some of my most cherished memories, and really doesn't seem that long ago. My heartfelt sympathy to each of you. Regretfully I was out of town at the time of his service.

Betty James

May 14, 2013

Dear Laura and Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow, but I know from experience that things will get better with each new day. Wish I could have seen you today at the services to give you a heartfelt hug, but do want you to know that I am here when and if you need a shoulder to lean on. With my deepest sympathy, Betty James

Christy Dauphin

May 13, 2013

Dear Felts Family, My sincere sympathy to you at this sad time. Dan was a very loyal and generous friend to my Dad! Christy Barkley Dauphin

Wanda Gaspard

May 12, 2013

My husband and I knew Dan as a neighbor and a friend. We found him to be so very gracious and a delight to be around. We have fond memories of him and pray that his family knows the joy he brought to many many people.

Wanda & Perry Gaspard

Robert Key

May 12, 2013

Dan was a great mentor, friend, and fine attorney, he tolerated my many errors and laughed roundly. His
attendance to detail and constant care for others was a trait we should all strive to emulate. Carol and I always delighted in seeing him and we hope his arrival in Heaven is all he expected and so much more. May God's good words comfort the family and bring you peace. Robert & Carol Key

Shirley Slaughter

May 12, 2013

With love and fond memories - Loyal Forever - Austin High School - Shirley Stanford Slaughter

George Nobley

May 11, 2013

Mr Felts was a great man. To me he was one of the super men whom I idolized from a young age. Knowing his name prior to meeting him I expected him to be something akin to royalty, but after meeting him realizing him to be fun, outgoing, approachable and compassionate especially for his dog. Our brief interactions impacted my life because I felt lucky to simply shake his hand and enjoyed the times I spent with him and my Grandfather George Roark out on the ranch. As well as the baseball game in Oakhill where it seemed every step was difficult for him to take, but he came to visit with us anyway. My condolences to the Felts family. Thanks Dan for the great times and all the things you did for me & my family. You will be missed.

May 11, 2013

Dear Felts Family,Please accept my deepest sympathy to all of you as you go through these sad days. I always considered it an honor and privilege to know all of you through the years I worked for your Dad's law firm. He was a great mentor and teacher to me, as well as a friend.
Please know that I will be praying for your family in the days ahead.
In friendship and sympathy, Janean Ferguson

Pat Rogers

May 11, 2013

Jan I was sorry to hear about the loss of your father. I know how hard this is for you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless You.
Pat Rogers