Frederick "Fred" J. Boone

February 8, 1945May 6, 2019

Fred J. Boone met Jesus on Monday, May 6th, 2019 in Houston. Born on February 8, 1945 to Frances and James C. Boone, he was 74 years old. He was a devoted and loving father to his 4 children: Alicia Avila (husband Carlos), Andrea Chapman (husband Bert), Brittany McDowell (husband Austin) and Fred Boone Jr. and proud grandfather to Helen and Isabelle “Izzy” Chapman; Haden, Kelly and Robert “Rob” McDowell.

Fred attended The Kinkaid School, Lamar High School and graduated from the University of Texas in 1966 with a Bachelor of Business Admin and was a member of ATO. He served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force for 4 years stationed in Maine, and then returned to Houston to enjoy a 40-year career in the automobile business.

Fred was active in many of Houston’s civic and charitable organizations, most notably as a Lifetime Director of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. He served on the Parade Committee for 45 years and was the Parade Chairman from 1979-1981. As a native Houstonian, Fred truly enjoyed being involved in the community, volunteering with the Mission of Yahweh, The Work Faith Connection, Star of Hope Mission, Open Door Mission, St. Martins Episcopal Church in the Order of St. Luke Healing Ministry, Bible Study Fellowship and as a Children’s Leader, and the Lamar Highschool Alumni Association.

Fred loved sports. He enjoyed playing tennis and was a devoted Astros fan. He also loved the Texas countryside, where he liked to hunt, fish and hang out at the ranch with is family.

In addition to his children and grandchildren, Fred is survived by his brother Jim Boone (wife Chauncey) and their children Chauncey Boone, James Boone, Sara Hartley, and John Boone, his beloved, Nina Ambrosino and former wives Kay Vaughn and Polly Davis, the mothers of his children.

Fred was an inspiration to his family and friends. He never knew a stranger, and with a gentle and generous spirit was a blessing to so many in the Houston community. We all treasured his positive attitude, his tremendous love for people, his kind heart and his strong faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.

The family wishes to express appreciation to the team at MD. Anderson, including Dr. Guillermo Garcia-Manero, MD and the Leukemia Department nursing staff for their amazing care for our dad during his fight against cancer.

Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family on Monday, May 13th from 6pm to 8pm at the Junior League of Houston, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane, Houston, Texas, 77027.

Following a private interment at Forest Park Cemetery, Fred’s life will be celebrated during a Memorial Service at two o’clock in the afternoon on Tuesday, May 14 in the sanctuary of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church; 717 Sage Road, with Rev. Rutger-Jan (R-J) Heijmen and the Rev. Alex D Graham III officiating. Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception in the Bagby Hall of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church.

In lieu of flowers or customary remembrances please consider directing memorial contributions to the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo scholarship fund, St. Martin’s Episcopal Church or MD Anderson.


  • Visitation Monday, May 13, 2019
  • Memorial Service Tuesday, May 14, 2019


Frederick "Fred" J. Boone

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Marilyn and Hugh Morton

May 15, 2019

Dear Brittany,
Our family is saddened by your loss of your dad. He was a very kind and special man. We are honored we were able to know him. Lee always loved your dad and I’m sure Lee was there to meet him when he passed. I would love to talk with you sometime I have things I would like to share with you. Take care of yourself and family. Prayers always!
Morton Family

Lynette Gaido

May 14, 2019

Dear Brittany and Austin and all the Boone family,

We are so sorry to hear of Fred's passing. He was a wonderful man. May he sing with the angels!
Love from Roy and Lynette Bertolatus

Catherine & Richard Gill

May 10, 2019

Dear Alicia & Carlos,

Although we have never met your father having read his obituary leaves no doubt he was a leader and a man of deep faith. We are sorry for your loss and hope and pray for you during this difficult week of saying goodbye to his physical presence. May the love of your family and friends embrace you with comfort to know he has completed his earthly mission and alas is at peace with his maker. God bless you both. Thinking of you with love and our deepest sympathy! Hugs from Ohio...

Catherine & Richard