Cook-Walden Funeral Home

6100 North Lamar, Austin, TX


Kenneth Dean Dabbs

October 26, 1934October 16, 2019

Kenneth Dean Dabbs was born on October 26, 1934 and passed away on October 16, 2019.


  • Memorial Service Friday, October 25, 2019


Kenneth Dean Dabbs

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Sandra Howland

November 9, 2019

Marquerite. So sorry to hear of your Love . I use to do your hair for a lot of years at Kenneth’s . You were always my princess grace as the American version. 👄

Sandra Howland

November 9, 2019

Dear Marguerite. I did your hair about 18 years ago at Kenneth’s . I called you the princess of America. Your r Grace Kelly. Sorry about your ❤️

Barton Couch

October 25, 2019

"Now don't go down any rabbit holes Ken!" That was always a common statement made by Marguerite in our meetings. She being the one never to impose on others, would always try to real Ken in with his stories. Truth is, I always enjoyed the stories but we had business to tend to and Marguerite would always keep us on track. Over the years as they would meet in my office, my staff would always love to hear Ken come down the hall and poke his head in and say hi with his big bright smile, say that they were the bravest people in the world to be working with Bart and that he felt sorry for them. That would always bring laughs to the office. That was Ken. Wherever he went, a smile, a joke, a story was left behind to brighten the day of others. Gods speed, Coach. Don't go down any rabbit holes on the way.

Kasey Reed

October 24, 2019

Coach Dabbs was one of the very first people I met at UT when I was hired right out of college. Admittedly very intimidated with my surroundings, he was a bright light. He began to call me Farrah early on and until the very last time i spoke with him a few months ago the moment he'd see me it was "Farrah" in that signature Ken Dabbs twang. The stories he would tell, mixed with all the laughter, are things I'll always remember about Coach Dabbs. He will be sorely missed by all of us who had the honor of knowing him. My prayers are with Ms. Marquerite and all of the Dabbs family.

Linda Bell

October 20, 2019

My late husband Ronnie Bell and I first met Kenneth and Margarite in 1967 at Irving High School in Irving Texas where they served on the same staff. Irving was Ronnie's first coaching job out of North Texas State University (then) . They were our first role models when we entered 37 years of coaching. We took their examples to heart and hold them both as dear, dear friends.

Two of the nicest, sweetest, most compassionate people on God's earth.

Ken and Ronnie were great friends for many, many years. I can only imagine the group that Coach that has amassed in heaven to hearing those famous STORIES one more time.

Much love to your sweet, sweet family.

Paul Marriott

October 20, 2019

Coach and I would bump into each other once in a while at our local watering hole.
He used to call me Wales, even though I’m actually from England. We talked often about his recent travels there. We also joked about the fact that he had fewer gray hairs than I do even though we were 35 years apart in age.

He always had a smile, and he always had a good story.

I will miss him. What a great guy. Bye coach.

Billy Kees

October 18, 2019

I grew up in Sweeny where Coach taught and coached in the late 50s and 60’s. I was fortunate to have played for him on his 1966 State AA championship team that went 16-0. Later in life I coached and retired as an administrator in the public school systems. Our paths only crossed a couple of times but we would always relive those glory days in 1966.God bless you Coach. I was blessed to have you as a role model early in my life. May the spirit of our Lord be with the Dabbs family.

Lael Hasty

October 18, 2019

Ken Dabbs was one of a kind. I was fortunate to work with him when I worked for Coach Mackovic in The University of Texas football office. He called me Alice since I was from Alice, Texas. His sister, Hazel Stout, lived in Alice. His South Texas family was from Freer. I called him Dabber Dabber Do! He was a positive influence on everyone in the Men's Athletics department. I spoke with him a few months ago and caught up after all these years. I already miss his smile and wonderful, outgoing personality. Condolences to the Dabbs family.

Vincent Sellers

October 17, 2019

I first met Mr. Dabbs (we all just referred to him as "Coach") about 10 years ago when my wife and I moved two doors down. I learned about his coaching career, and he was able to tell me an almost unlimited number of football stories, including ones related to past players and coaches at my old school: Texas A&M. He and Marguerite have truly been the best neighbors you can imagine, and I have no doubt that his amazing enthusiasm rubbed off on every team and player he ever coached, as well as countless other individuals. It was an honor to get to know Coach, and his gigantic smile and personality will never fade from my memory.

Micheal Jones

October 17, 2019

Coach Dabbs was very Special to all of us who played for him at Westlake. He wanted you to be in best physical condition to win the game in the 4th quarter. He taught us all how to compete and win. There is nothing like winning. Kenneth was a kind man, great sense of humor, great memory, a man of integrity who loved his family.
Micheal Jones