Dan Felts, age 85, passed away Wednesday, May 8, 2013. He was born in Austin, on May 28, 1927 to Amos Martin Felts and Ilene Lytton Felts. He graduated from Austin High in 1944. At 17 years of age, he joined the Navy and was trained as an aviation air gunner and machines mate. He was stationed at several locations in the United States and lastly was assigned to Corpus Christi, Texas. Before he could be shipped to a war zone, the war was over and he was discharged with an Honorable Discharge.
After the war, he attended the University of Texas and received a BBA Degree and a Law Degree in 1952. He opened his office for law practice in the old Norwood Building. He practiced solo for 8 years, practicing transportation and general practice law, following in the shoes of his father, who died in early 1952.
For a short period, he practiced with an old high school mate, Malcome Robinson, for about 4 years. He returned to solo practice for another 4 years. He joined a firm known as James, Robinson, Felts and Starnes. As time progressed, the firm became known as the premier transportation law firm in the Southwest, with representation clients such as Roadway Express, Saia Motor Freight Lines and numerous other leading motor carriers in the nation.
Dan was the President and General Counsel of the Southwest Household Goods Carriers for 20 years, a large group of truck companies that specialized in loading, transporting materials and unloading household furniture and accessories.
He was also President and General Counsel of the Texas Sand and Gravel Carriers. This large group of trucking companies specialized in transporting materials for building projects, like highways, all types of road, and other major projects.
He concluded practice with a longtime friend, Tim Mashburn, under the name of Felts & Mashburn.
He retired in 2004 to spend time traveling and enjoying his family. He is survived by his wife, Laura Felts and children, Jan Bullock of Austin, Carol Keller of Austin, Dan Felts, Jr. of New Braunfels, Tammy Palermo of Cibolo, Texas, Martha Rae Casino of Fuqua Varina, North Carolina, Raymond Scott Ihrig of Austin; and twelve grandchildren as well as four great-grandchildren.
The family wishes to thank a number of doctors that have prolonged a great retirement life. A few are Dr. Robert Pederson, Dr. William McCarron, Dr. Kent Beasley, Dr. Peter Nutson, and a number of other great and professional physicians.
Family and friends are invited to a visitation from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 12, 2013 at Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, May 13, 2013 in the Chapel of Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Memorial Park.
The family of Dan Felts, respectfully suggests that in lieu of flowers any contributions may be paid to the Austin Pets Alive.