Howard Frederick Meyer
March 20, 1952 – July 2, 2021
Howard “Buddy” Frederick Meyer, a long-time resident of Austin, TX who served in the Travis County District Attorney’s Office for over 30 years, died unexpectedly at his home on July 2nd, 2021. He was 69 years old.
Buddy was born March 20th, 1952 as the second son of the late Marjorie and Elias F. Meyer Sr. He grew up in Texas City, TX until the family moved to Austin in 1965. Buddy graduated from McCallum High School and moved on to Blinn College while working part time as a ranch hand in Dime Box, TX. He completed undergraduate school at St. Edward’s University where he majored in history and played baseball. From there, Buddy attended Southwest Texas State University for a Master of Public Administration before moving on to the University of Houston for law school. After law school, he worked for the Travis County Attorney’s Office and the Travis County District Attorney’s Office. In the early 1980s, Buddy moved to Baton Rouge, LA, where his son Austin was born, before they moved back to Austin, TX to resume his career in the Travis County DA’s Office. Over the subsequent 30 years, Buddy ascended to be Director of the Trial Bureau and was a part of prosecuting many of Central Texas’ most notorious cases throughout the 1990s, 2000s and early 2010s. After his retirement, Buddy enjoyed his time working on the Longhorn cattle ranch of his brother Hal.
Buddy was a man of few words who loved his family and friends. He enjoyed working on the ranch, baseball, and fishing. He would root for any university to which his son was affiliated. Buddy was an animal lover. He adopted an Australian Shepherd named Ray who was thereafter attached to him like Velcro. In addition, Buddy loved to spend time on and around the water, and for almost 40 years would rarely miss the annual Port Aransas vacation with his extended group of friends.
Buddy was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his son Austin and Austin’s wife Brittany. Buddy is also survived by his two brothers, Hal and his wife Betty, Bob and his wife Susan, and his sister Christine and her husband Kevin. He is survived by six nieces and nephews – Dustin, Stephanie, Bobby, Abigail, Jacob and Chelsea. In addition, Buddy is survived by his great niece Maddie, and great nephews Beckham and Max.
Buddy’s memorial will be held on Saturday July 31st, 2021 at 10 am at Weed-Corley-Fish at 3125 N. Lamar Blvd in Austin. There will be a reception to follow at Saengerrunde Hall, 1607 San Jacinto Blvd.
Instead of flowers, the family welcomes donations to Austin Animal Center or to Feeding Texas.
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Weed-Corley-Fish North Chapel
Howard Frederick Meyer
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July 25, 2021
Everything said about Buddy in these posted Memories is absolutely true--not the slightest exaggeration. Buddy was the same great guy, no matter the circumstances or situation he was confronting. We have lost one of the really good guys. I regret that I will be out of state and unable to attend the service.
July 20, 2021
Buddy was just the most decent guy you could ever know. We met in the early 1980s when we were both prosecutors, and in all the years since I never encountered a soul who didn't like and respect him. He was smart, he was fair, he was patient, he treated everyone---the mighty and the humble--- with respect, and he had a great, great heart.
What a loss. Buddy left us way too soon.
July 20, 2021
I regret that I will be attending another funeral out of town at the same time as Buddy's service, which I know will be widely attended by the legal community due to the respect he had earned. This man was the epitome of a public servant, which many of us can attest to after having worked with him at the DA's office and dealt with him while in private practice. Buddy's heart and head were always in the right place. You could get a hearing with him whether you were in law enforcement, a fellow prosecutor, or a defense attorney. His judgment was sound and upon leaving the meeting you felt you had received a full and fair consideration of the matter under discussion. Buddy was a large part of the reason for the enviable reputation enjoyed by the DA's office for so many years. They don't make them like him (or his mustache) anymore.
July 19, 2021
Buddy and I graduated from McCallum, and both ended up as attorneys. I didn't practice criminal law, but the whole Austin Bar knew Buddy as a dedicated lawyer, great guy, with genuine integrity in executing his duties. Although our paths only crossed intermittently, I looked forward to seeing him occasionally. God's speed, Buddy.
Yvonne Hanover Boatner
July 17, 2021
Buddy and I went to McCallum High School together and he was always one of the good guys! I have fond memories of him on the baseball team. He made us all proud, what an amazing career. He will be missed by many🙏
July 16, 2021
What a mensch. He was one of a kind.