William Dean Legge

August 25, 1945February 4, 2020

William (Bill) Dean Legge, age 74, passed away on February 4, 2020 at North Austin Medical Center from complications stemming from Leukemia. Bill was a long time resident of Austin and owned several liquor stores before joining H-E-B as a beer and wine steward in 2000.

Bill was born in Mount Pleasant, Michigan in 1945 and moved to Freer, Texas at the age of 12. He graduated from Freer High and then moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas where he subsequently graduated with a Bachelors degree in History. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, where he earned the respect of his men for his leadership and was honorably discharged in 1971. He earned several medals, including the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge. He married Beth (Fiander) Legge in 1972 and welcomed his daughter Kimberly in 1976. Bill loved sports, especially horse racing and weekends would find him at the racetrack or watching sporting events on TV with his daughter.

Bill was preceded in death by his father William and mother Margaret. He is survived by his wife Beth, daughter Kimberly, step son Michael McCown (Deborah), his four sisters Lynn Patten (Walter), Nan Cavin (Mike), Sue Webb (Tim), Krista Nix (Neal) and his three brothers in law George Lavas (Cindi), Tim Lavas (Debbie) and Michael Lavas and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his beloved granddogs Bella and Harlie.

The family would like to thank the personnel at Texas Oncology, especially Dr. Shubhada Shrikhande and advanced practice provider Shuba Srinivasan, as well as his nurses and techs on Four East at North Austin Medical Center and the outstanding nurses who cared for him in the ICU.


  • Beth (Fiander) Legge, Wife
  • Kimberly, Daughter
  • Michael McCown, Step-Son
  • Lynn Patten, Sister
  • Walter Patten, Brother-in-law
  • Nan Cavin, Sister
  • Mike Cavin, Brother-in-law
  • Sue Webb, Sister
  • Tim Webb, Brother-in-law
  • Krista Nix, Sister
  • Neal Nix, Brother-in-law
  • George Lavas (Cindi), Brother-in-law
  • Tim Lavas (Debbie), Brother-in-law
  • Michael Lavas, Brother-in-law
  • William Legge, Father (deceased)
  • Margaret Legge, Mother (deceased)


  • Visitation Monday, February 10, 2020
  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, February 11, 2020
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, February 11, 2020


William Dean Legge

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Miguel Cooper

February 14, 2020

A Prayer of Thanksgiving

Thank you God for people who are genuine.
Thank you God for hugs that literally transmit the exact feeling of love, kindness, and acceptance.
Thank you God for smiles that are so pure that they cause others to smile in return.
Thank you God for laughter and fun times, because those are the things that make our hearts happy no matter the circumstances.
Thank you God for "Dad", Bill Legge. He was so great, and I am so very thankful to have known him.

Thank you God that he is now in your care, for eternity.


Betty Korts

February 12, 2020

Beth has been my best friend for 50+ years. We met when we worked together at the same company and, although we took divergent career paths, the friendship never wavered and grew even stronger through the years. Bill’s passing is the most difficult thing she and Kim have had to experience and my heart breaks for both of them. Please hold fast to all the wonderful memories. Know that I am here for you both and that I love you.

Emma Deaconson

February 11, 2020

I worked with Beth at St. David’s. I like to say she was a work mother to me, she took my new employee questions like a champ.
When Bill was diagnosed with leukemia, he spent a great deal of time on my floor. We would joke, laugh, talk about how horrible cancer is, and watch tennis. (I think the open was on during this time). His humor was dry as witty which made my job simple and fun. He was my “boyfriend” at the hospital.
At the last days, I came to visit Bill in the ICU. He recognized me and said “my girlfriend is here!” We all had a great laugh during a tough time.
Sorry Beth, but the best part is during the hardest days, his humor was there. Dry and funny!

Nicky Ashcraft

February 11, 2020

We had a wonderful childhood together. We spent a lot of time at Grandma Brown's. Billy was like my big brother and I cherish the great memories of our time together. My thoughts and prayers are with Billy's family. With Love, Nicky

Debbie Lavas

February 11, 2020

I wanted to express how warm, funny and nice Bill was to me when I became part of the Lavas side of the family. I will truly miss him but I know that he is now at peace. You are missed already but will never forgotten. Love, Debbie Lavas

Lynn Patten

February 11, 2020

I just wanted to add how very proud we all were for Billy’s service and sacrifice to our country. Being drafted meant he didn’t want to go but went and did his country proud. Well done Billy. Unfortunately he really paid for his tour in Vietnam at the end. Will sure miss that smile and laugh. Rest In Peace.

Lynn Patten

February 10, 2020

We sisters called him Billy and he was definitely outnumbered. He was our big brother and we all looked up to him. You will be very missed and we love you very much.

Elizabeth Oakes

February 10, 2020

My condolences are with you and your family

Krista Nix

February 10, 2020

I’ll miss our brother, Billy.
His passing has been difficult for our family.
I hope I always remember his broad smile and his unique laugh.
He was 18 years my senior and was headed to college when I was born.
Vietnam took a toll on him and, while it wasn’t by his choice, he served honorably and I admire and am grateful for his service.
Knowing how much he was suffering toward the end of his life was horrible.
I pray for comfort and peace as Kim and Beth navigate through their new normal without Billy.
I’m so glad to have had him as my big brother.

Tim Lavas

February 10, 2020

Bill is going to be missed. He was my brother in law. He had a wonderful quiet sense of humor and a broad smile. He always served as my safe zone to escape with in gatherings. He was sports crazy. He was a fabulous golfer, it shocked me how well he hit the ball. He loved his Longhorns. I think he suffered as many did from his experience in Viet Nam though his service was exemplary, he never complained.
I miss him now.