ForeverMissed
Donald Steven Hauck, a man of faith, left this earthly life on April 24, 2021 in the faithful arms of his Heavenly Father, wrapped in the love of his adoring children, and cherished by his many, many friends.
Don was born in Medina, Ohio on November 25, 1934 to Arthur and Lucille Hauck. He grew up in the tiny town of Valley City and worked from an early age at the Hauck family-owned Soda Grill. After his parents divorced, he lived with his grandmother, father and beloved older brother Bill. He contracted polio at age 6 and spent seventeen formative weeks in the hospital. His leadership skills were first recognized when he was elected Student Body President of his sixteen-member high school graduating class.
The first in his family to attend college, Don matriculated at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, where he pledged Phi Gamma Delta (PGD) fraternity. After graduating, he travelled across the US for a year in his Volkswagen Beetle representing PGD (also known as “Fiji”) and was offered several fraternity-related positions at major universities. Don had other plans: he had decided to pursue the ministry when he was sixteen years old and had set his sights on attending the prestigious Princeton Theological Seminary. There he fell in love with and married the only woman in the Master of Divinity program, Margery Jane DeFord of Atlanta, Georgia. Their wedding took place on March 15, 1958 in Marge’s home church. The two were happily and devotedly married for 62 years, until Marge’s death in 2019.

Don served as minister to Presbyterian churches in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Pampa, Texas and Richardson, Texas. He loved “bringing in the Kingdom” as a Senior Minister, but ultimately chose to forego the eighty-hour work weeks he required of himself. In 1970 the Hauck family settled in Austin, where Don worked for Presbyterian Ministers Fund, using his spiritual and temporal gifts to advise clergy of all churches on financial matters. Later he served as Development Director for Presbyterian Children’s Home and Services. As an ordained minister, he presided over countless weddings, funerals and worship services, and was a generous and active member of First Presbyterian Church of Austin.
 
Never idle, Don dedicated his life to helping his community through service and ministry. He gave his time and talents to many causes throughout his life, including the YMCA, Blood Center of Central Texas, Austin Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH) and Interfaith Assistance Ministry in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Through First Presbyterian, his spiritual home of more than 50 years, he participated in the Cold Night Shelter program, CROP Hunger Walks, Habitat for Humanity, Mobile Loaves and Fishes, The Walk to Emmaus and countless other endeavors. His last volunteer job was at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center, where, at 85, he pushed patients and new mothers in wheelchairs. Don was happiest when he was of service to others.
 Don was an exceptional father, providing unwavering support and love to his four children: Steven, Amy, Doug and Sarah. He enjoyed being benign patriarch to an extended family that included Sarah’s and Amy’s spouses, his grandsons James, Sam and Will Seaton, granddaughter Jessica Brody, and countless in-laws, nieces and nephews from both the Hauck and DeFord clans. He participated with his progeny in YMCA sports, Boy Scouts, Indian Guides, Indian Princesses and Little League.

Don made true and lasting friendships wherever he went. He was famous for his empathy and hospitality; holidays always included at least one unattached friend or acquaintance whom Don and Marge had invited to share in the loving home they had created together. For many years they were at the center of an extraordinary group of friends from First Presbyterian who celebrated each other’s birthdays and anniversaries with parties that featured elaborate skits, roasts and practical jokes.
Though not an athlete in his youth (because of his polio), Don later became an avid runner, swimmer and tennis and pickleball player. His passions for energy conservation (“Who the heck left the lights on in here?”) and public transportation (“Take the darn bus! The last thing Austin needs is another car on the road!”) are legendary. He never asked anyone to do anything he wouldn’t be willing to do himself, and left this earth a better place through his love, empathy and example.
A celebration of Don’s life will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Austin in early June. In lieu of flowers, please consider giving a gift in his memory to Presbyterian Children’s Home and Services, Mobile Loaves and Fishes, or to the charity of your choice.
Posted by GARY FITZSIMMONS on May 10, 2021
Rev. Hauck was a man whose entire life motto can be summed up as "I'm here to help." Don was both Paul and James: both faith and works, theology and practice. Don was a true Christian, the leaven in the world, and he ends his pilgrimage on earth having given far more than he ever took. Our world is a better place for men and women like Don Hauck.
Posted by William Massingill on May 9, 2021
Don was one of the first First Prez members I befriended when I joined FPC in the late eighties and he was influential in my participation in Walk to Emmaus. He will be missed but remembered.
Posted by Keith Johnson on May 7, 2021
I knew Don through a professional relationship and I have to say that three things came through very clearly in my dealings with Don. HIs love for his family, his faith and his charitable heart. I will miss working with Don, but have been blessed to know him and I know that he has truly received his greater reward.
Posted by Melvin Oakes on May 6, 2021
Don was everything you would wish for in a friend and colleague. He was a loyal member of our tennis group for many years. Always a gentleman, genuinely interested in the welfare of other. We all miss him.
Posted by Frances Reames on May 6, 2021
So sad to learn of Don death. He was such a special friend, he and Marge both. We had many happy hours with him on our PMF trips. He was such a “people “ person. So easy to love and a lot of fun.
My love and prayers to the family.




Thank you so much Sarah for sharing all the pictures of Don and Marge. I have been through them several times—good memories.




Posted by Ron Hubbard on May 5, 2021
I knew Don through my father, another Presbyterian minister. He was always kind and helpful to me working on insurance issues. So good to hear about his life of service.
Posted by Angela Rodriguez on May 5, 2021
I had the pleasure of breaking bread with Don, his lovely wife, friends and family. He was very kind, warm and welcoming. I am saddened that I didn’t get to know him more. That first and only meeting was truly a gift. Don and Marge have gifted me my place into a wonderful family. Thank you for the wonderful legacy of love you leave behind in your children/family and all who are blessed to love and know them.
Posted by Roger Drake on May 4, 2021
Don and I have spent many hours doing Mobile Loaves and Fishes, Habitat for Humanity, Walk to Emmaus, freeze nights, and Bible study. He was never one to sit still. Always looking for another way to be of service. He was truly a very dear friend to me and I will miss him dearly.
Posted by Laurie Maccini on May 3, 2021
The stories he shared, the stories about him that y'all shared over the years - what a wealth of memories and an abundance of love! He and Dad were kindred "turn off the lights" spirits. Lesson well learned, as I plunge my family into almost total darkness rather than waste energy. I'll think of Don next time I see a light carelessly left burning!
Posted by Louise Geil on May 3, 2021
Don Hauck was a good family friend since 1970 who witnessed to Christian teachings of doing good wherever he might be for as many years as he was given. We worked together on church matters and with friends made special events and significant birthdays uniquely fun and memorable. Our family valued his presence in our lives as we treasure the many sweet memories made together over half a century.
Posted by Meredith Boccaccio on May 3, 2021
I am sorry to hear of Don's passing. He was involved and gave so much as a neighbor and resident at the Conservatory North Austin. He will be missed.
Posted by Andy Friedmann on May 3, 2021
Don has been a friend for almost 25 years now, and I will miss him. A gentle man and one of the shining blessings of my family's membership as First Presbyterian Church in Austin.
Posted by Tim Hauck on May 3, 2021
He was a great uncle always apleasure to be around and he will be sorely missed by myself and my family.He was of course my mother’s favorite brother-in-law
Posted by Beth Hodgin on May 3, 2021
He will be missed by all who knew him. It is so true that he left this earth a better place through his love, empathy and example. Hugs and prayers to his friends and all the family. Rest in Peace Uncle Don.
Posted by Don Hix on May 3, 2021
Don was my favorite uncle, and, truly, one of the most memorable characters in my life. His and Margie's passing leaves a large hole in the universe. My thoughts and prayers go out to the rest of their family and friends.
Posted by Michele Macky Orr on May 2, 2021
What a wonderful human, who truly left the world a better place. During the sadness I hope the amazing memories bring you comfort and even more appreciation.

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Posted by GARY FITZSIMMONS on May 10, 2021
Rev. Hauck was a man whose entire life motto can be summed up as "I'm here to help." Don was both Paul and James: both faith and works, theology and practice. Don was a true Christian, the leaven in the world, and he ends his pilgrimage on earth having given far more than he ever took. Our world is a better place for men and women like Don Hauck.
Posted by William Massingill on May 9, 2021
Don was one of the first First Prez members I befriended when I joined FPC in the late eighties and he was influential in my participation in Walk to Emmaus. He will be missed but remembered.
Posted by Keith Johnson on May 7, 2021
I knew Don through a professional relationship and I have to say that three things came through very clearly in my dealings with Don. HIs love for his family, his faith and his charitable heart. I will miss working with Don, but have been blessed to know him and I know that he has truly received his greater reward.
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