Richard Arlen Cawthon

June 14, 1930July 16, 2013
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Richard Arlen Cawthon was called home by our Heavenly Father on July 16, 2013, following several months of declining health. Richard was born June 14, 1930 in Waco, Texas to Dorothy Lois (Pringle) and James Fulton Cawthon, Sr. He lived in the Waco area until he was drafted into the United States Army during the Korean War and was stationed in Germany. Upon his honorable discharge as a Corporal, he returned to Waco and attended Baylor University majoring in physical education. He had a fulfilling career with the Texas Department of Transportation for more than 35 years in Wichita Falls, Bellville and Austin.

On January 30, 1960 he married Dorothy Lee Dobesh and on September 14, 1967, they had a lovely daughter and named her D’Arlen Lorena to honor both parents and her maternal grandmother. Richard and D’Arlen enjoyed watching the Dallas Cowboys together. In 1977 the family moved to Elgin, Texas and built a home doing most of the construction themselves. He was blessed with two grandchildren Hunter Arlen and Ciara Blynn Tumey. They were the joy of his life and they spend many vacations together.

Richard loved the Lord and was a devoted Christian. He believed his greatest accomplishment was serving as a deacon at the University Hills Church of Christ and later at the Elgin Church of Christ.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, mother and father-in-law Lorena and Adolph Dobesh, sister-in-law Paula Cawthon, and sister-in-law Alma Kucera and husband Robert.

He leaves to cherish his memory his wife Dorothy, daughter D’Arlen, grandchildren Hunter, Ciara and fiancé D.J. Vybiral, brother James Fulton Cawthon, Jr. and wife Carrie Mae, brother Ronald Clark Cawthon, Sr., brother-in-law Charles Adolph Dobesh, Sr. and wife Nelda, five nieces, seven nephews, and numerous other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, July 18, 2013 at Cook-Walden Capital Parks Funeral Home in Pflugerville. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, July 19, 2013 at the Cook-Walden Capital Parks Funeral Home Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow at Cook-Walden Capital Parks Cemetery.

Please visit Richard’s memorial page at


  • Visitation Thursday, July 18, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, July 19, 2013

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Col George O Lewis, USAF (Ret)

September 1, 2013

Thank you , Richard, for your service to our counry.

Debbie, Bill and Charlene Scott

July 25, 2013

Dear Dorothy, D'Arlen, Hunter and Ciara, Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We are so sorry to hear of Richard's passing and we mourn with you. May God bless each of you with good memories of times you spent with Richard. Hunter I was with your grandparents when you were playing football and weight lifting. My son, Jacob was playing football against your team and weight lifting against your team. But we had such a good time visiting while we watched you play. Your granddad was very proud of you. I know you will miss him. Remember whom he served and lived his life for. You can't go wrong following his footsteps. May God bless all of you.

dan Cawthon

July 21, 2013

My name is Daniel wayne Cawthon and I never remember met your family. My family originated from Tennessee going way back but in modern times established a family graveyard in Crandall, Texas. With this little bit of background I might be kin to Richard. Don't know and the only reason I bring it up is that through my life the Cawthon name has been rare. I'll be 75 in September. In recent times I've been half heartedly trying to do genealogy and this is the first time I saw a Cawthon in the Austin newspaper. I hope I did not ramble too much and wish your family my deepest condolences.

Marianne Carlson-Megarity

July 19, 2013

I just heard and my prayers are with you all. You can be comforted to know that he is in the arms of The Lord now and that he suffers no more. You will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. He was a wonderful man and I have many memories of him from high school days with D'Arlen. I wish God's peace on you all.

Lesa Gilbert

July 18, 2013

Mrs. Cawthon and Hunter - I am so sorry to hear about your husband/grandad. I really enjoyed visiting with him when we moved the boys to college. You both are in my thoughts.

Peggy & Mike Stout

July 18, 2013

D'Arlen and the Cawthon Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sorrowful time. May God bless you and give you strength. The memories of a loving father and husband will always be with you and will never be forgotten. His love will remain with you forever in your hearts. Our love and deepest sympathy,

Staci Young-Burlin

July 18, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

James & Dorothy Archer

July 17, 2013

Dorothy, Our thoughts, prayers and love are with you and your family. Richard was a remarkable man and he will be missed and always remembered..May God bless and comfort you in the difficult days ahead..

Miguel Morris

July 17, 2013

To the Cawthon Family. Please accept our heartfelt sorrow for your loss. JoAnne' s health continues to be an issue so please forgive us if we do not attend your services. Instead, please accept our love for you and the entire Cawthon Clan. Lt.Colonel and Mrs. Miguel H. Morris.