Dwane Austin, age 83, passed away at The McLure/Miller Respite House on August 27th , 2020 following a long battle with COPD. He was born on March 21, 1937 in Orleans, Vt, the son of Gordon and Ida (Lathe) Austin.
After graduating from Orleans High School in 1955, he joined the U.S. Navy and served his country for 20 years. In 1962 he married Shirley (Hoyt), also of Orleans and they have one son, Mark.
He thoroughly enjoyed military life and his 20 years of service took him and his family to many areas of the country - Quonset Point, R.I., Rota Spain, Norfolk, Va., and Pensacola, Fla., where he worked with the Navy’s Blue Angels flight demonstration team.
Proud of his Vermont heritage, upon his retirement in 1975 there was no question that he would retire in Vermont and he and his family moved to Jericho where they still reside. For the next 23 years he served as custodian at Browns River Middle School, retiring from there in 1998.
“Yard work” was his relaxation and he could be found on any nice day, mowing and trimming his lawn and engaging in conversation with anyone who happened by.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley, his son, Mark and wife Jackie, of Hinesburg, Vt. And several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, his sisters, Avis, Evelyn and Wanita and his brother, Dale.
In accordance with his wishes there will be no services at this time. Donations in his memory can be made to Essex Rescue, 1 Educational Dr., Essex Jct., Vt. 05452 or UVM Home Health/Hospice at 1110 Prim Rd., Colchester, Vt 05446.