Obituary

Our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle, Seth Shepard Searcy, III, died September 11, 2013 in Austin, Texas.

Seth was born on February 23, 1936, to Seth Shepard Searcy, Jr., and Margaret Oliver Searcy.

While his father served in the United States Navy, Seth lived all over the U.S., including two years in Kodiak, Alaska, a place he especially loved.

Seth came to Austin in 1954 to attend the University of Texas. He was in law school at UT when he met Judith Harbin on a blind date. Seth and Judith married in 1960, and Seth received his law degree from the University the same year.

Seth and Judith built a wonderful life for their two daughters, Mary and Sarah, in Austin. The family swam regularly at Barton Springs, attended shows at Armadillo World Headquarters, ate Tex-Mex at the two original Matt’s El Rancho locations, canoed the waterways of Central Texas, loved and cared for a number of cats and dogs, participated in local politics, and enjoyed their wide circle of friends.

Seth was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Jane Searcy Thompson. He is survived by his wife Judith, daughters Mary Searcy Marrero and Sarah Searcy, son-in-law José Marrero, grandchildren Ana Maria Marrero and Tomas Andrés Marrero, sister and brother-in-law Sally and Steve Henrikson, sister-in-law Laura Harbin, brother-in-law Roby Thompson, Jr., and nieces and nephews Searcy Lillehei, Roby Thompson, III, Alix Barzelay, and Charlie and Oliver Henrikson.

A memorial service for Seth will be held at the Barr Mansion on Tuesday, September 17, at 1:30 pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Hospice Austin’s Christopher House, the National Museum of the Pacific War, or CaringBridge.

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6 thoughts on “Obituary

  1. Barbara Wand James says:

    Sarah, there are no words that can truly give comfort at a difficult time like this. Your father was a wonderful man who has left you, your family, and the Austin community with many moments to treasure. Cherish those good times always. My deepest sympathy to you and yours.

  2. Jeanne Stamp says:

    Sarah, I’m so sorry. He sounds like a terrific father. What wonderful memories you must have! I hope they are of comfort to you and your family. All the best, Jeanne

  3. Daryl Slusher says:

    Seth leaves an enduring legacy and was a very enjoyable person to deal with both personally and professionally. He was central to putting the first ordinances in place to protect Barton Springs and other waterways and his generation of folks laid the groundwork for decades of struggles to come. He has left us too soon, but clearly lived a full life and he and Judith raised a wonderful family. Condolences to all of you.
    Daryl Slusher

  4. Lupita Mireles says:

    My belated condolences to you and your family. I was privileged to have known your parents briefly and both left a lasting impact. Your parents were kind enough to let me stay with them in the Fall of 1984. I still have the note pad your mom gave me for my graduation from the University.

    It was with them and at their house where I learned to eat asparagus. Please let your mom know that I think of her warmly and send my condolences to her, belatedly.

    I was a work study in the Math department and she was one of my supervisors. I feel very blessed that I got to see a beautiful marriage en vivo.

  5. Earl Piper. says:

    Seth and I were buddies back in the late ’40s and ’50s. We were in St Michael’s School in Newport, RI together and later both in Washington, DC. My father was Marine Corps, Seth’s Navy. I dated his sister Jane in the mid-fifties while I was at the Naval Academy. Our parents were friends. I was just looking in “white pages” for Seth yesterday to say “hello” after all these years and saw, to my deep disappointment, his 2013 obituary. Please accept my belated condolences. All of my memories of our times together are happy ones…. funny too! I have some photos of those early days the family might like to see. Please e-mail me if you are interested. With every good wish – Earl Piper, Greenville, SC.

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