David B. Cabe

July 15, 1947September 22, 2017
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David Bishop Cabe, age 70, of Austin, TX, passed away from the complications of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), on September 22, 2017. David was born in Temple, Texas to Ernest and Muriel Cabe on July 15, 1947 and grew up in Austin, where he spent most of his life. He graduated from McCallum High School in 1965 and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering from the University of Texas. David, was a licensed professional engineer, practicing in the air pollution field for 44 years, and was highly regarded as an expert in air pollution meteorology and the atmospheric dispersion modeling of air pollutants. In 1994, he helped found Zephyr Environmental Corporation, where he served as its Principal Engineer. David had an eclectic set of interests, with a love of history, travel, different cultures, languages, movies like the Blues Brothers and Uncle Buck, and classical, bluegrass, and folk music. To his mother’s dismay, he was a flop at the piano, but he took up the guitar and the banjo and enjoyed singing and playing folk music to his children and grandchildren. David loved hiking, skiing, and weather events of all kinds, and was a proud member of the Buzzard Patrol of Boy Scout Troop 410 in Austin. And it would be a grave mistake to overlook his love of good puns. David will be remembered for his humility, generosity, and compassion. For many years, he volunteered at the Austin Children’s Shelter, working with pre-school children. He also taught adult and children’s Bible classes, including classes for autistic children. A member of the Brentwood Oaks Church of Christ, David sang in the chorus and helped in the church’s outreach to natural disaster victims and people needing handymen assistance. For many years he served as a Trustee of the Brentwood Christian School. David is survived by his wife, Charliss, son Greg Cabe and his wife Kristin of Homewood, Alabama, daughter Amanda Carter and her husband Jason of Sterling Heights, Michigan, and grandchildren Carter Cabe, Emmy Cabe, Emily Carter, and Jackson Carter. He was predeceased by his granddaughter, Kate Cabe. Visitation will be Friday, September 29th from 6 pm to 8 pm at Cook-Walden Funeral Home (6100 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, Texas 78752). Funeral services will be at 2 PM on Saturday, September 30th, 2017 at Brentwood Oaks Church of Christ (11908 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, Texas 78753) followed by interment at Austin Memorial Park Cemetery. To leave condolence with the family please visit David’s online guest book at In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Austin Graduate School of Theology or the ALS Association of Texas would be appreciated.


  • Visitation Friday, September 29, 2017
  • Funeral Service Saturday, September 30, 2017
  • Graveside Service Saturday, September 30, 2017

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Cindy Smiley

October 5, 2017

With love to David's family, from all of the environmental lawyers who had the pleasure of working with David over the years. He was one of our all-time favorite people -- so smart, so capable, and such a pleasure to work with. His years of participation in the Texas Environmental Superconference were also wonderful. David was always willing to sing, dance, and "act" during the "entertainment" breaks at this conference -- no matter how silly or foolish. We will remember him always -- we were so blessed by his life.

Shelley Lewis

October 5, 2017

Charliss, and family, you have been and will continue to be in my prayers. David was such an exceptional man and I know will be missed so greatly. I pray for peace and comfort and healing for you all. May God bless you will His love and peace.

Emily Carter AKA Gracie

September 30, 2017

My Papa was the best punster, joker, and Grandfather I ever knew. He was always there to support me and brought fun and laughter where ever he went with us. Papa was crazy about history, old coins, and weather. He was always so much fun to be around. Even in a wheelchair we would have fun together. My brother and I raced him in the streets when we would go on walks around the neighborhood. Papa will forever be in my golden memories of life.

Kathleen Bergeron

September 28, 2017

I went to high school with David, but we lost touch through the years. He was always full of fun when I knew him, and apparently that never stopped. It sounds like he had a wonderful life, helping others and enjoying the many gifts he was given. My deepest sympathies to his family and friends.

Laura Mosier

September 28, 2017

Charliss . . . We are so deeply saddened by this news. He was a wonderful person--Christian, Husband, Family-man--brilliant in so many ways. God bless you and yours, now and always... "He enters into peace; They rest in their beds, Each one who walked in his upright way." Isaiah 57:2

Debbie Koehn

September 27, 2017

Charliss and Family, I was so sad to hear of David's passing. May God bless you all with the best memories of time spent with David and may he give you strength, courage, and love as you go through this season of grieving. Please know we are praying for you all. Grace and peace,

September 26, 2017

My sincere condolences to the friends and family of David. May the God of all comfort be with you during this difficult time. (Jeremiah 29:11, 12).

Mary Sahs

September 25, 2017

I am saddened to hear of David's passing. He was a true gentleman and he will be greatly missed by all of his colleagues.

Nanci Presley-Holley

September 24, 2017

Our deepest condolences and prayers to you and your family.

Juanice Burroughs

September 24, 2017

Charliss, our deepest sympathies in the loss of your wonderful husband David. You and the rest of the family are in our prayers, May God fold his loving arms around you and give you peace during this difficult time. We will see you Saturday at the funeral.

Juanice & Gary, Barbie & Matt, Debbie & Jimmy and our families.