Max Augustine Fariss

November 5, 1930July 9, 2019

Born November 5, 1930 in Giddings, Texas. His parents, Robert and Elsie had their hands full raising Max and his nine siblings during the depression era. Max worked hard at a very young age, milking cows at varies dairies and the Fairmont Egg Processing facility. He played all sports, except track in high school. He delivered newspapers across town before school.

He was a baseball pitcher in the community league with a gifted curveball. He won a state tennis championship while attending Blinn Jr. College. He completed his civil engineering degree at the University of Texas. He attended class during the day and studied at night, while operating elevators at the state office buildings.

On August 30th 1952, he married his lifetime soulmate Lanette (Faske). His next adventure in life was spent in the Air Force and Air Force Reserves; where, he rose to the rank of Major. The next few years were spent working for Phillips Petroleum in Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma. A love for family, St. Paul Church and Texas drew the young couple back to Austin.

The next 35 years would be spent working for the Texas Highway department. During this period, one Daughter (Stephanie) and one son (Scott) would enter the world. Having such a strong work ethic, idle time was not an option. The next 60 years would be spent; as a weekend rancher, raising more than 300 head of cattle at times, weather permitting.

A loving husband, father and servant of the Lord; this is a mere glimpse into the wonderful life of Max Fariss.

Pallbearers will be David Ammons, Paul Ammons, Gregory Fariss, Mark Fariss, Charles London and John London.


  • David Ammons, Active
  • Paul Ammons, Active
  • Gregory Fariss, Active
  • Mark Fariss, Honorary
  • Charles London, Active
  • John London, Active


  • Visitation Saturday, July 13, 2019
  • Funeral Service Sunday, July 14, 2019
  • Graveside Service Sunday, July 14, 2019


Max Augustine Fariss

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Karen Faske

July 13, 2019

Lanette & family,

Deeply sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

God's Blessings,
Jerry & Karen Faske

Charles Clinger

July 13, 2019

Worked with Max for 31 years at R/W Div. of TxDOT ( 1958 - 1991). I was Chief of Utility Section for many years. Together we along with others developed policy and procedures for acquisition of rights of way for highway projects. As an Aggie graduate, Max and I had our friendly differences about our schools. Max was dedicated to his job with great insight . I enjoyed the time we had together. I note also another former Section Head of the R/W Div. ( Billy McAdams in Legal Section ) passed away on same date as Max. From Andrew Lloyd in Love Never Dies, "Life may be fleeting, Love lives on."

Keith Faske

July 11, 2019

My prayers to Lanette, Scott, and Stephanie as these times of sorrow are now about us.
As Jesus said in the 27 verse of John in the 14th chapter: Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you, not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
So many great memories with Max as he would always play a mean game of dominoes. I just wish I could learn to know what everyone had in their hand after the first domino, never learned that secret from him.