Commissioner Douglas King Honored by Texas House and Senate [VIDEO]
On Tuesday February 5, 2019 former Austin County Precinct 4 Commissioner Douglas King was honored by both the State Of Texas House and Senate. Commissioner King was tragically killed on December 17, 2018 in a work accident while repairing a piece of equipment with some of his crew.
Senator Lois Kolkhorst submitted her resolution, SR 125, honoring King. The video of this can be seen below:
The text of SR 125 is as follows:
WHEREAS, The Senate of the State of Texas joins the citizens of Austin County in mourning the loss of Douglas W. King, who died December 17, 2018, at the age of 49; and
WHEREAS, Doug King was born on April 13, 1969, in Bellville, to Dennis and Carolyn King; he learned the value of hard work at a young age by working alongside his father, his grandfathers, and his uncles in the family’s construction business, King Construction; he was an Eagle Scout and a 1987 graduate of Brazos High School; and
WHEREAS, He and his beloved wife, the late Lori King, were blessed with three children, Marisa, Racy, and Symantha; after Lori’s untimely death, he accepted the mantle of single parenthood with courage and strength; his children were the focus of his life, and he took great pleasure in serving as a cheerleader for their activities and in learning such skills as styling ponytails and braiding hair; he also served as a Scout leader and a football coach; and
WHEREAS, In addition to playing an important role in the family business, he followed the example set by family members by entering into public service; he served with distinction as an Austin County commissioner representing Precinct 4, and he had recently won reelection to a third term; and
WHEREAS, He was a devoted son, husband, and father, and he leaves behind memories that will be treasured forever by his family and countless friends; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That the Senate of the State of Texas, 86th Legislature, hereby extend sincere condolences to the bereaved family of Douglas W. King; and, be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution be prepared for his family as an expression of deepest sympathy from the Texas Senate and that when the Senate adjourns this day, it do so in memory of Douglas King.
King was also honored in the Texas House by Representative Ben Leman with H.R. 171. Below is the reading of that resolution:
The complete text of H.R. 171 was made available on Leman’s Facebook Page:
WHEREAS, The untimely passing of Austin County Commissioner Douglas W. King on December 17, 2018, at the age of 49, is a profound loss to his many loved ones and friends and to the community he served; and
WHEREAS, Doug King was born in Bellville on April 13, 1969, to Dennis and Carolyn King; he grew up in a large family that included his siblings, Pat, Brian, and Mary, and he developed a strong work ethic from an early age while serving as a ranch hand and helping out with the family business, King Construction; a 1987 graduate of Brazos High School, he also played sports and became an Eagle Scout, and he went on to finish college while holding a full-time job; and
WHEREAS, Mr. King continued in the footsteps of several generations of his family by learning the construction trade, and he followed the example of his grandfather and uncle, who were county commissioners, and his father, a judge, in entering public service; he was sworn into office as the Austin County commissioner for Precinct 4 on January 1, 2010, and was preparing to begin his third term as a commissioner; and
WHEREAS, Above all else, Commissioner King’s proudest achievement and greatest joy was becoming a father; he fiercely loved his three children, Marisa, Racy, and Symantha, and happily found time in his busy schedule to be a mentor, coach, chauffeur, and cheerleader at their various activities; after the tragic passing of his wife, Lori King, he made sure that his children were never at a loss for support, encouragement, and affection and took to tasks like braiding his daughters ’ hair with his trademark industriousness; and
WHEREAS, Devotion to family and community formed the foundation on which Douglas King built his life, and although his death brings immense sadness, he leaves behind a legacy that will forever be treasured; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 86th Texas Legislature hereby pay tribute to the life of Douglas W. King and extend heartfelt condolences to the members of his family: to his children, Marisa, Racy, and Symantha; to his parents, Dennis and Carolyn King; to his brothers, Pat King and his wife, Jennifer, and Brian King and his wife, Stacy; to his sister, Mary Staff, and her husband, Doug; to his niece, Avery King; to his aunt, Linda Melnar; to his uncles, James King, Chris King, and Karl King; and to his other relatives and numerous friends; and, be it further
RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be prepared for his family and that when the Texas House of Representatives adjourns this day, it do so in memory of Doug King.
In attendance during these readings were the King family as well as friends and staff from Austin County.