Robert Maurice Jameson
August 3, 1934 – July 14, 2020
Robert Maurice (Bob) Jameson, 85, of Austin, Texas, passed away on July 14th in Austin, Texas.
Bob was the eldest child and beloved son of Maurice Blake Jameson and Zeda Emma LaCina Jameson. He was born in Waco, Texas, at Providence Hospital on August 3, 1934. Living on the Jameson ranch as a young boy presented some challenges to getting to grade school, so his kindly grandmother, Bess LaCina, welcomed him to live with her in Meridian, Texas, where he began grade school and lived with her for two years. The remainder of his primary and secondary education were completed in Clifton, Texas, where he graduated at age 16 as Salutatorian of his Clifton High School class in 1951. An avid competitor and athlete, Bob played all sports, excelling in football and baseball. He took his enthusiasm and passion for athletics with him to The University of Texas at Austin where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education in 1955.
Beginning his career in education, Bob accepted a position to coach and teach at Granger High School. Through the early years of his career, he taught English, Physical Science, History, and Government. His coaching positions varied from year-to-year and school-to-school but included stints as head basketball, baseball, football, and track coach in small Texas towns such as Paducah, Aspermont, and Iraan.
In 1959, Bob married “the most beautiful girl he’d ever seen”, his faithful and dedicated wife, Diana, with whom he shared a wonderful partnership for 60 years. He continued to seek additional education and earned his M.Ed. in Educational Administration in 1961 from what was then known as Southwest Texas State University. He accepted his first principal’s job in 1964 in Robert Lee, Texas, and his first job as Superintendent of Schools in Woodson in 1969. Beginning in 1972, he served as Superintendent of Lake Dallas ISD for 17 years. He retired in 1993 as the Superintendent of Gregory-Portland ISD. Always very active in the realm of state and regional education issues, Bob served as the President of Texas Association of Community Schools (TACS) in 1980-81 and served as their Legislative Chairman for four years. His many professional associations and memberships brought him to Austin often to present at conferences and testify in front of state legislative committees as an advocate for the proper funding of public education and community schools.
Upon “retirement”, Bob and Diana moved to Austin, where Bob continued to work with the TACS as their Director of Member Services. He then partnered with A. Bargas & Associates, helping educational colleagues around the state build and furnish world-class schools. Bob deeply enjoyed the companionship and friendship of his Balcones Country Club golf group, fondly known as The Generals. He was a committed member of Bethany United Methodist Church. He was also an adoring grandfather to four granddaughters and rarely missed a track meet, dance recital, choir concert, or volleyball match. Pop was a gifted storyteller, and his girls will always treasure his imaginative and whimsical bedtime tales and his adventurous golf cart rides.
Bob is survived by his wife, Diana Krueger Jameson, of Austin, Texas. Son, Robert Paul Jameson and wife Valorie of Dallas, Texas; Daughter, Diana Lynn Jameson McFarland and husband Ken of Austin; Brother, Dan LaCina Jameson and wife Shirley; Sister, Zeda Anne Jameson Homoki and husband Steve; Granddaughters, Caroline Blake McFarland, Emilie Lynn Jameson, Elizabeth Anne McFarland, and Abigail Shea Jameson. He is preceded in death by his parents, Maurice and Zeda Jameson.
The family will be having a private memorial service. Please click on the link below at 1:00 PM Wednesday, July 29, 2020 to view the memorial service virtually.
Memorial donations may be made to Bethany United Methodist Church, 10010 Anderson Mill Road, Austin, Texas 78750.
Bethany United Methodist Church
10010 Anderson Mill Road, Austin, Texas
PRIVATE - Memorial Service
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Robert Maurice Jameson
July 29, 2020
Chick and I were so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. Dianna, Rob, and Lynn, please accept our deepest condolences. We have so very many fond memories of our time as neighbors in Hickory Creek. You contributed greatly to our neighborhood, and to the Lake Dallas Independent School District. Bob was great leader and was able to take us from a mostly little blue collar district with few graduates going on to higher education to a much larger one one where many went on to college. We have a lot of great success stories of LDHS graduates.
Thank you for posting all the pictures!
May your memories sustain you at this sad time.
Susan and Chick Anderson
Jack & Jo Sauer
July 28, 2020
We are so very saddened at Bob's passing and offer our sincere condolences to Diana and the rest of the family. We will remember Bob as a man with great strength of character, of strong belief in the American way, and of true love and caring for family and friends. Our times with him on the golf course, Thursday night dinners, and special holiday gatherings were all always fun, happy, and memorable. Along with so many others we will miss him. God Bless Bob ... and may you rest in peace.
July 27, 2020
Our deepest condolences to the Jameson family.
I am proud to say I was a student and friend who was taught
sports at Granger High by Coach Jameson. He was truly a mentor
who positively impacted my high school experience, and memories
of those years will remain forever.
Diana, our thoughts and prayers go to you in this time of grieving.
Harry & Glynda Cervenka
July 26, 2020
I just wanted to say goodbye Bob, and say what a pleasure it was knowing you. Thanks for being you.
Erwin and Sandy Kouba
July 26, 2020
Sandy and I wish to extend our condolences to Diana and Family.
I first met Bob on the First Tee at Balcones Country club. One of the members was presiding over the selection of the foursomes for that day and Bob and I and two others were selected. I soon found out that Bob was a competitor and we played well that day.
We became good friends and enjoyed our time together on and off the course, we will miss him.