OBITUARY

Fred Allison Purcell Jr.

February 19, 1949July 24, 2012

Dr. Fred A. Purcell, Jr., 63, passed away peacefully on the 24th of July 2012 following a courageous battle with cancer. He was born on the 19th of February 1949, in Oklahoma City, OK, to Evelyn and Fred A. Purcell, Sr. Fred graduated with the class of 1967 from Harding High School in Oklahoma City, where he excelled academically and athletically, earning All-City honors in basketball and All-State in baseball. He attended the University of Oklahoma on a baseball scholarship and was a member of the OU President’s Leadership Class. Fred was honored as one of the 10 most outstanding freshmen for the OU class of 1967-68. He also excelled at OU earning his Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and following his junior year, he entered dental school at Baylor University. After graduating from Baylor School of Dentistry with a Doctorate in Dental Surgery in 1974, he began his dental practice in Austin, Texas. After practicing dentistry for many years, Fred decided he would make a lifetime career choice to devote his full attention to his real estate investments. He had true talent and great vision for turning an ordinary piece of property into an extraordinary development. Fred was an avid golfer. His membership at Austin Country Club allowed Fred to befriend Harvey Penick, a person Fred idolized and considered his inspirational mentor. Fred was nearly a scratch golfer and his golfing stories include playing the world’s greatest courses, making a hole-in-one that won him a car and many others. On any given day, he could be found at the driving range, hitting countless buckets of balls until the sun went down. Fred also loved being close to the water, he was fortunate to have lived on Malibu beach, Lake Austin, and Lake Travis. He enjoyed trips to ocean retreats where he loved to run on the beach. Fred was a loving father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, and friend. Fred is survived by his daughters, Shay and her husband, Jason Rathbun and Stacy and her husband, Jeff Saikin; five grandchildren, who will forever miss “Bee” and “Freddy,” grandson, Preston Rathbun, granddaughter, Peyton Rathbun granddaughter, Riley Saikin, grandson Tanner Saikin and grandson, Cooper Saikin; Shay and Stacy’s mother, Mary Ann Purcell, of Austin, TX; mother, Evelyn and her husband, Bill Gentry, of Oklahoma City, OK; brothers, Judge Gary Purcell and his wife, Dr. Chris Purcell, of Norman, OK and Dr. Rex Purcell and his wife, Lori, of Raleigh, NC; sister, Jill and her husband Rick Hartman of Bartlesville, OK; one niece, Katie Purcell; nephews, Brad Purcell, of Norman, OK, Michael Purcell, of Norman, OK, Wilson Purcell, of Raleigh, NC, Patrick Jones, of Raleigh, NC, Scott Hartman of Denver, CO and Jeffrey Hartman, of Houston. Fred was preceded in death by his father, Fred A. Purcell, Sr. and his paternal and maternal grandparents. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: MD Anderson Cancer Center, Sinus Cancer Research, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, TX 77210-4486. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to all of the wonderful friends and caregivers that offered their love and support. The family will receive friends at an informal gathering to celebrate Fred’s life on Saturday, the 28th of July from two o’clock until four o’clock in the afternoon at the Austin Country Club, 4408 Long Champ Drive, Austin, TX 78746.

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, July 28, 2012
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Fred Allison Purcell Jr.

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Jeff Hunt

August 12, 2012

God took a great man to be by his side. Fred, we will miss you dearly Austin Country Club. You were a great competitor, but always a humble and friendly man.

August 2, 2012

If I were asked to select one person to represent the entire graduating class of Harding High School in 1967, it would be Fred Purcell. Fred effortlessly embodied all of the characteristics we hoped to acquire as young adults. Fred was bright and accomplished; he excelled in many sports, and he was well liked by all of his contemporaries. We all responded so positively to Fred because he brought out the best in each of us. In every sense of the word Fred was a true natural. And we were simply answering to Fred's passion for life. Thank you, Fred, for the wonderful memories. You enriched all of us. Bobby Anspaugh HHS 1967

Sandra Duran

July 31, 2012

What a great man... I will miss Fred. Always so positive!!

July 27, 2012

Fred was a loving Father and Grandfather. They will miss you, "Bee".

Thomas Fugitt

July 27, 2012

A Great Man with a big smile-Always kind and an full of encoragement, until out next meeting , Love Ya, Thomas Fugitt

Judy Vossler

July 27, 2012

What a smile with a twinkle in his eye, you never knew quite what Fred was thinking! I had such a crush on Fred as a teen, and was blessed with his friendship as an adult. My heart hurts for Fred's family. His time came way too soon for all of us who will miss him. Fred always went for the low score. This time he broke 65! God Bless. xoJudyV

July 26, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Shay and Jason. Judy and Jim Casey

Carol Verrengia

July 26, 2012

"Fred was a out of the box thinker ! Nothing stopped Fred from starting and completing a project. These will forever keep his memory alive"

Griffin T. Murphey, DDS

July 26, 2012

I am one of Fred's classmates from Baylor Dental. He was one of the good guys for sure and his passing will surely be felt among his many colleagues in dentistry.

greg

July 26, 2012

The Purcell family that I grew up with on 46th and Shartel, were kind, loving and showed me what and how great families live. Wish we could have hit ball's together.