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411 Ranch Road 620 South, Lakeway, TX


Philip Paterson McClain

August 17, 1936June 25, 2020

Philip Paterson McClain, a longtime resident of Lakeway, Texas, passed away peacefully at home on June 25th at the age of 83, surrounded by his loving family.

Phil, son of Marguerite and Earl McClain, was born in Austin, Texas on August 17th, 1936. He grew up in Groveton and later Crockett, Texas. He graduated from Crockett High School in 1954.

Phil was a proud graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, Class of 1960, and was a lifelong member of the Texas Exes. He loved Texas Longhorn and Lake Travis Cavalier football. After his freshman year at the University of Texas, Phil joined the United States Army and was stationed in Germany, where he played football as part of his service. Phil was honorably discharged in 1957 and returned to Austin to finish college.

Phil was married to Carol Dengler, the love of his life, on June 15, 1974. They honeymooned at the Dengler family beach house in Bolivar, Texas with their children. The beach house would become a place of many happy memories for Phil and family. Phil and Carol loved spending time with family and friends along the Texas Coast and in Estes Park, Colorado.

Phil was known as “Sug”, short for “Sugar”. His nickname either came from his sweet disposition or the fact that he always had candy for kids that visited his office many years ago.

Phil had multiple successful careers during his life, first as an oil field roughneck in South Texas, right out of high school, then as a banker, an insurance broker, a realtor, and finally as a math and drafting teacher in the Lake Travis School District. He was proud to be a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Freemason and Rotarian.

Phil was an avid, lifelong hunter and fisherman. He was as much at home on a duck or quail hunt as he was fishing in the Gulf of Mexico or on a Colorado river. One of his greatest passions was training his Labrador retrievers with his beloved Waterloo Amateur Retriever Club. Phil and Carol traveled to many hunt tests with their dog friends and loved spending time with that close-knit community. We are certain that Sug is training now, with Mocha and his other much-loved dogs that passed before him.

Phil is predeceased by his mother and father “Muh” and “Daddy Earl” and his mother and father-in-law “Dell” and “Sambo”. He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Carol; their dogs Bill and Punkin; their children, Stephen and wife Mary of Georgetown; Gordon and wife Rena of Whitehouse; Wade and wife Susan of Lakeway; and Jenny and husband James of Dripping Springs. He is also survived by his sister Earlynne and husband Stephen of Montgomery; brother Tommy and wife Debbie of Crockett; brother-in-law Felton and wife BJ of Matthews, North Carolina; and sister-in-law Harriet Tomlinson of Lakeway. Last but certainly not least, his grandchildren Jackie, Anna, Justin, Sam, Kate, Emily, and Zechariah. He is also survived by numerous cousins and nieces and nephews.

Honorary pallbearers are Bob Niepert, Roger Hillhouse, Joseph Syring and Richard Smith.

A celebration of Phil’s life will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers please donate in Phil’s memory to:

St. Luke’s On The Lake Episcopal Church 5600 Ranch Road 620 North, Austin, TX 78732


Heart of Texas Lab Rescue, Inc. P.O. Box 81821, Austin, TX 78708-1821


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Dan and Carla Epperson

July 8, 2020


Dan and I send prayers to you. We loved visiting with you at dog tests with Bob and Nancy N. Phil was so upbeat and fun. May God heal your heart.

Carla and Dan

Dawn Dutelle

July 7, 2020

Training dogs! my memories. Such a kind and always nice to me.

Clif Walker

July 6, 2020

Philip was a really nice guy. The beach was a great place for us all, just walking on the beach and fishing. I know Philip will be missed and you will have lots of heartache but it will get better. I hope you will heal soon. My thoughts are with you Carol.

Rachelle Anselmi

July 6, 2020

Phil was such a joy to sit by at the dog trials. His love of the sport and willingness to help newbies learn was fantastic. Carol - my prayers for you.

Talma Thorpe

July 5, 2020

Philip was my beloved cousin. We were all close when we were kids but as we got older we went our separate ways. I am the daughter of David and Betty McClain and every weekend growing up we spent it with Granny and Pop in Crockett. We used to play in the barn, pick watermelon from Pop's garden, chase the chickens and play Red Rover in the front yard. We had many great times as children. Unfortunately when Philip went off to college we lost touch. Carol, I am so sorry for your loss but know he is doing all the things he loved in Heaven with his family, friends and beloved dogs that went on before him. Prayers for you and your family. Love Always.

sina Jayne mcclain

July 5, 2020

I am the daughter of David McClain, which is Philip's Uncle. I wasn't around my cousin much after he left Crockett. I stayed with Uncle Earl and Aunt Marguerite when I would come to Crockett, because Earlynne and I were close. I loved Bubba very much, and he will be missed. Fly high with the Angels and all our heavenly family.

Day and Jennifer Walker

July 5, 2020

We only met in passing
We did not know ye well
Yet truth be told
We did behold
A man, that's all to tell

Betty Howell Southerland

July 4, 2020

Dear Carol, I’m so sorry about the loss of Philip. I hadn’t seen him in years but remember his friendly and easy going demeanor. My love to you and all of the family, and prayers for comfort and peace...


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