May 16, 1948 – November 22, 2019
John Erik Gangstad, age 71, died on November 22, 2019 in Austin, Texas. He was raised in Dallas, Texas and graduated from Richardson High School in 1966. He played baseball and football, serving as the Captain his senior year and earning All District, All Dallas, and All Metro as a linebacker. He served as president of the Civitan Club. He earned a Bachelor of History from the University of Texas at Austin and in 1970 he joined the Air National Guard. In 1971, he returned to University of Texas law school and on the first day sat next to his childhood and high school friend, Dane George. They were best friends for the remainder of their lives. In 1972, he met Cynthia Coffman on the spice aisle of the Safeway grocery store where they both worked. They married and moved to Dallas, Texas in 1974. In 1981, they moved to Austin where they have lived since. They joined Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church in 1983. He served in the first Deacon class and then later as Elder. They raised their 3 children, Allison, Erik and Amy in Westlake over the next 23 years. In 1987, he assisted June Davis and Eleanor Reese to form the Foundation for the Homeless and has served continuously on the Board of Directors. He was a practicing attorney for 45 years. He practiced in oil and gas with Turner Hitchins for 7 years, in corporate law with Brown McCarroll for 20 years and Bickerstaff Heath for the past 18 years. He loved reading, gardening, golf, and watching his grandchildren play sports.
John is survived by his wife of 45 years, Cindy, his daughter Allison Litton (Keat) of Birmingham, Alabama, his son, Erik Gangstad (Tricia) of Longmont, Colorado, his daughter, Amy Gangstad, of Austin and four grandchildren, Laine and Davis Litton and Leevon and John Gangstad. He is also survived by his brother, Jimmie Gangstad (Jan) of Lufkin, Texas, brother Karl Gangstad of Springfield, Virginia and sister Lillis Teran (Donald) of Annandale, Virginia, father-in-law, John Kaeding of Bastrop, Texas, sisters-in-law Kathy Schoen (Joe Wilcoxen) of Bastrop, Texas and Debbie Campbell (Bob) of Las Vegas, Nevada. He is also survived by one niece, five nephews and his beloved dog Lucy. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ruth and Edward Gangstad, mother-in-law, Alice Kaeding, and three special friends, Dane George, Steve Magner and Bruce Wasinger.
A celebration of his life will be held on November 26, 2019 at 2 pm at Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church, in Austin, Texas. 7127 Bee Cave Rd. He will be interned at the new columbarium at WHPC next year.
Donations in John’s name can be made to the Foundation for the Homeless (Austin, Texas) or Meals OnCol (Birmingham, Alabama).
- Celebration of Life Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Steve & Jennifer Snipes
November 27, 2019
We send much love and prayers to you Cindy and family. So very sorry for your loss. May you feel God’s presence as He surrounds you and holds you close. Love to you all.
Bonnie and Preston Adachi
November 26, 2019
Cindy and family,
We are very saddened to hear of John's passing. May your faith bring you strength and peace.
Our sincerest condolences,
Bonnie & Preston Adachi and family
November 25, 2019
With sympathy and prayers from Westlake United Methodist Church, friends of Peggy & Robert D. In deep appreciation of the dedication of heart and hands to Austin's Foundation for the Homeless, leading others into giving and service for those most in need.
Mary Lou B.
November 24, 2019
We will miss you so much. We shared so many times together starting over at yours & Bill Pulley's apartment on Guadalupe while you were attending law school. You were the rock of the family and you did so much for others. It's so hard to believe you are gone. I will be there for Cindy and the kids as long as I live. Thanks for all you did for all of us. LUV your sister-in-law Kathy.