Lynn Howden

March 22, 1948October 13, 2020

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Lynn was born in Pittsburgh, PA on March 22, 1948 and was called home to Heaven on October 13, 2020. Lynn’s parents, his twin sister, Linda and his older brother, Dudley moved to Houston when Lynn was 2 years old. As they say, “he wasn’t born in Texas, but got here as fast as he could.” He loved being in Texas, loved the state, its history and his team, the Longhorns.

Lynn went to Waltrip High School (class of ’67) where he fine tuned his skill and love for basketball. Highly recruited, he played freshman ball at LSU, and then lettered his last three years at the University of Texas. He loved the sport, his teammates, and his coach. He graduated from the School of Communications. He went on to manage several small companies, and then to his last and favorite occupation of building and remodeling homes in the Austin area.

Lynn was very active in his church, Austin Ridge Bible Church, (loving to greet folks into the church with handshakes and high fives), supporting Young Life, and attending Community Bible Study. If he had a hobby it would have been collecting coins, but more than a hobby, he loved his family. He remained a personal part of his grown children’s daily lives, helping them in any and every way he could. And when his seven grandchildren came along, he was tireless in swinging them, teaching them chess, how to use a table saw, and throwing “snakes” in the yard (gummy snakes) for them to find. He was so loved by them as well, they would fight over who got to go to the dump to empty his orange trailer full of used building scraps. He loved sharing the “feeding of his deer” and filling the bird feeders with each grandkid. He has left quite a legacy and very large (size 15) shoes to fill and he will be incredibly missed. He also loved taking road trips with Debi, enjoying the history on the route and the scenery they passed. It wasn’t just about the destination, but the journey as well. They went often to Colorado to visit dear friends at their cabin. These were his most marked and enjoyed trips.

Lynn and Debi met at U.T., as Debi worked part-time in the ticket office at Gregory gym. During his basketball practices, Lynn would often stick his head in the ticket window, telling his jokes and one liners. One girl couldn’t resist. They were married 47 years, and blessed with four amazing children, Sarah Peters (husband, Alan Peters, children: Camden 14, Nolan 12, Mabry 10, Meryl 8), Samuel Howden (wife Sarah, son Samuel Lynn 9 months), Bethany Tomasik (husband Andrew Tomasik, Andrew 7, Asher 5) and Abby Howden and soon to be husband, Richard Hoey.

Sometimes it seemed to be Lynn’s ambition in life was to make people laugh, which broke many barriers, and developed great friendships. The people in the convenience stores knew him, the bank, even the check in lady at the “dump.” He was very accepting of others, even giving out of luck workers a second chance on his jobs. He loved the art of watching a home go from a slab frame stage to a finished home and especially later on helping others remodel their homes into an updated style. His patience was always apparent and appreciated. He also entertained all his clients as well as his associates in the business with his humor.

Lynn lived life well, finished well. He was pretty content to just go with the flow in life. He was a comfortable man, only having strong convictions in his faith, politics and sports. Other than that he had a most humble and servant’s heart. He will be missed by all, his loving wife, children, grandchildren, friends, and those he had barely met.

The family members will soon post their personal thoughts.

From Bethany: How do you find the words to share what a father meant to you? My dad didn't use a lot of words (except for his classic dad jokes), but his actions were all that were needed. He would be the first one to be there when you needed gas in your car, an early morning ride to a volleyball tournament, a quick trip to Starbucks - he was the one who would get up and take you. He was the one who was there for my kids to let them sit in his lap and watch football, to push on a swing or to give them tickles. My son, Asher, once asked me if Boss taught me how to tickle, because he "is the best tickler there is." How do you find the words to share what a father's love means? I hope that I can continue to show that love that Dad so selflessly showed day in and day out to my own children. It's not always easy to give of ourselves, but Dad made it look effortless. If only we could all have such a humble, servant's heart like him.

From Sarah: How has it been a week, dad? In an average week, you would have offered to make a Costco run for me to get "the usual" for me. You would have found a way to help Alan out with an issue at the rental house or our house, not because Alan wasn't capable, but because you simply delighted in helping us. You would have texted me a picture of a Pickles or Family Circus comic. You would have taken Camden to Mighty Fine just to talk about life. You would have asked Nolan all about his chickens and asked if he could have some eggs so he could take home for Mimi. You would have taught Mabry a quick basketball drill or scheduled a time for her to come "feed your deer". You would have helped Meryl with her math worksheet while she sat on your knee. You loved so well, without condition. When I told you I wanted to give up my full-ride and come home, our relationship didn't skip a beat, because, even though basketball was a deep bond we had, it wasn't what you loved me for. You knew we were going to put Nolan's beloved chicken to sleep, so you just stopped and asked to hold PJ. It wasn't because you so loved holding chickens, but you knew Nolan's heart so well. As my father, you did what few accomplish, you gave me a glimpse of how my Father loves, simply for who I am.

The family would also want to thank all of our friends for their enormous outpouring of love and prayer. We could not have made it through this far without you or the grace, direction, and provision that God has provided. We can have peace and assurance of an eternal life spent with Jesus and know that Lynn sits in his presence now. We have often commented during this week of those who do not have the hope of a life and eternity spent with the redemption found only in Christ. We are thankful that Lynn had these things. Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for your texts, calls, cards and the love shown to our family.

The memorial service will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 27th, at Austin Ridge Bible Church (Bee Caves campus) in Building D at 10am, and it will also be streamed.

Lynn had a heart for helping kids. Thus in lieu of flowers, you may give to Young Life's Central Texas Region Lynn Howden Campership Memorial Fund to help send underprivilidged kids to YL camp. LINK:


27 October

Memorial Service

10:00 am

Austin Ridge Bible Church

Bldg D

9300 Bee Cave Rd
Austin, Texas 78733


Lynn Howden

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Jeff Baker

October 26, 2020

Lynn was a great friend, husband, father, family man and basketball player. I played basketball with Lynn at Waltrip High School in Houston. When we graduated in 1967 I signed with UT and Lynn signed with LSU. When Lynn was a freshman at LSU, Pistol Pete Maravich was a sophomore averaging 44 points per game. Pete’s father was the head coach at LSU, and Lynn could see that for the next two years he would be rebounding and feeding the ball to Pistol Pete. After our freshman year, Lynn and I were working out and playing some one on one basketball at Waltrip. Jesse Martin, the Waltrip basketball coach, was having a meeting of high school coaches and they walked into the gym. Lynn bounced the basketball to me and said “Show them how they shoot the ball at UT”. Lynn could jump out of the gym, and could block my jump shot into the tenth row of the bleachers. But he backed off some on defense, and I made a lot of shots. That made me feel good, and that is how everyone felt around Lynn. Lynn was genuine, compassionate, caring, and a special friend. When he decided to transfer and sign with UT, the Longhorns gained a great man and basketball player.

GLEN Lietzke

October 26, 2020

To Debbie and the whole family:
Our most sincere condolences to the family. We always smile when we think of our time around Lynn and the family. We remember all of the positive experiences.
Kathy and Glen Lietzke, and the whole extended AJV family and staff.

Suzy And Harry Adams

October 25, 2020

Suzy and I are so sorry to hear of Lynn's passing. We have so many fun thoughts of Lynn and all the Howdens from years ago in Austin and Hyde Park Baptist Church. As we read the comments of family members here, many memories were restored of those times.
Lynn was so positive and upbeat about life. He always wore that big smile and clearly retained a wealth of good jokes in his head. He was a role model as a Christian father to many other guys, young and old. We were certainly not surprised to see that legacy had carried on to grandfathering, or that "Lynn had finished life strong".
Though we will miss him here, we certainly know where Lynn is at this moment. Debi, our thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire Howden family.

Evie Kasson-Hofmann

October 24, 2020

As the sister of Lynn’s sister-in-law (Elizabeth Smith), we shared many holiday celebrations and other family get-togethers over the years with Lynn and Debi. We always enjoyed being with and watching their wonderful growing family. Lynn loved life but above all else, he loved his family.

In Luke 6:44, Jesus says, “Every tree is known by the fruit it bears”. The crowning glory of Lynn’s life was his and Debi’s fruit, “The Fantastic Four”, their outstanding children, Sarah, Bethany, Sam, and Abby Howden. Lynn beamed with pride and satisfaction in each of them especially as they matured, developing their own individual interests and talents. Lynn set the bar extremely high for himself as a father and achieved every high jump. His companionship, constancy, and commitment to his children was total. Lynn always “showed up” for his kids in every way. His fidelity to family has produced a most precious, loving, second Howden, Peters, Tomasik generation of seven grandchildren whom he also nourished, guided and treasured. No greater gift can be given than this kind of living legacy of love.

We will miss that mischievous gleam in Lynn’s eyes as he was about to crack a joke or play yet another prank. Lynn had fun with his own sense of humor and enjoyed spreading that fun to others. Lynn was unique, one-of -a-kind. There will never be another Lynn and he will be unspeakably missed.

Much love to Debi and “The Fantastic Four”,

Evie Hofmann

Harry and Betsy Larrabee

October 24, 2020

Debi and Family,

We are so very sorry for the loss of Lynn. He was a great teammate at The University of Texas. Although our paths have rarely crossed since our time together in the early 1970’s, we have great memories of time spent with Lynn. As a veteran member of our basketball team, Lynn was very welcoming to me as a freshman when I arrived in Austin from Indiana. His smile and enthusiasm were contagious. We cherish our memories which include basketball games and practice, road trips, card games, and serious battles of Tripoley. Lynn’s laughter filled many moments that we remember fondly. We know Lynn will be sorely missed by many, many people. You are all held in our prayers and thoughts.

With love,

Harry and Betsy Larrabee

Karen Hines

October 24, 2020

I have such fun memories of Lynn especially when he and Debi would bring the kids to our house to visit! He would keep us all going and laughing with his great love of life! He enjoyed playing and joking and setting off fireworks with the kids! He had such a kind and compassionate heart! I appreciate the way he would ask about Mark and wanted to visit when Mark had his accident. Such a strong, sensitive, funny, giving man! I am privileged to have been his friend.

August Petersen

October 21, 2020

Dear Debbie & the entire Howden Family – Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of my friend, Lynn, who was undoubtedly one of the kindest, most sincere and friendly people I ever met. Lynn and I were both college basketball players and we both loved supporting Westlake High and UT basketball, so our friendship was founded on the love of the favorite sport we played since childhood and the love our favorite basketball teams.

My most memorable experience with Lynn involved the filming of a funny Rooster Andrews Sporting Goods TV commercial where Lynn and my young son, Patrick, who was about 6 years old at the time were the stars. It was Rooster Andrews executive and mutual friend, Jeff Loomis’ idea to take advantage of Patrick small size but outstanding basketball dribbling skills and have him dribble in and out of Lynn’s legs because Lynn was so tall in comparison! It turned out to be a cute ad promoting the idea that athletes came in all different sizes and ages! But what I most remember was how kind and friendly Lynn was to my Patrick, who was nervous that he might not bend down low enough! Over the years Lynn, Patrick and I shared many laughs about that funny commercial. But my lasting impression of Lynn was you could not help but be a happier person after talking to him! Lynn and all of you are in my prayers at this time…God Bless, August Petersen

Leon Black

October 20, 2020

We lost Lynn much too soon. He was an outstanding athlete and even greater person. He was loved and respected by all who knew him.
Our deepest sympathy to the family.
Coach Leon Black and Peggy

Pamela Lemoine

October 20, 2020

Lynn was a dear friend at Waltrip. I saw him a lot during LSU, Houston, and early UT days. Many weekends I drove to Austin to watch him play; he was magic on the court. We went roller skating one afternoon, hysterical. Moms pulled kids off the rink, afraid Lynn might fall on them. But mostly we talked and talked during those years, just trying to figure it all out. Then, as happens, our lives took different paths and we lost touch. But every time he would come up in a conversation, or in a thought, it brought a smile to my face and lifted my heart. You have lost the backbone of your family and my thoughts are with you all as you navigate this difficult time. Continue to be close, to love, to laugh, as Lynn would want you to do.

Paige Holloway

October 18, 2020

The Holloways love the Howdens. As we’ve heard of Lynn’s passage to see his Jesus we are reminded of the kind ways he always showed us; the hospitality he continuously offered us and the love he showed us each time we had there blessing of being with him. His unfailing love of his family will be what I always remember of him. My heart is heavy but we do not mourn as those who have no hope. We will see him later. Much love to you all.


Playing frisbee in the backyard


Lynn, Debi, Abby at Port Aransas


Dress up party - Lynn & Debi


Texas Basketball


Lynn & Abby at Bob Bullock


Texas Basketball


Texas Basketball


Lynn & Abby ~1993


Setting the rebound record against Florida State

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