Dean J. Augustin

January 15, 1958 - November 14, 2019

Dean J. Augustin of McKinney, Texas passed away on November 14, 2019 at the age of 61. He was born on January 15, 1958 to Joseph Augustin and Frances (Drexler) Augustin in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota. Dean married Sharon (Pense) Augustin on June 12, 1992 in Plano, Texas. His corporate career was as a software/hardware trainer and consultant for various companies and industries.  His final position, for the last three years, was spent as a software trainer/consultant for Wasp Barcode Technologies in Plano, Texas. 

He was also an honored alumnus of Minnesota FFA.  For anyone who knew Dean, they knew he felt like the year he spent as a State officer for the FFA in Minnesota was the best time of his life, as it was a pivotal learning and growing time for him.

Dean J. Augustin was an award-winning Texas-based writer and director. His writing credits include, "Champions of Industry," a regular feature on CNN's Headline News, and The Discovery Channel. After winning the American Cinema Foundation Best Screenplay Award, Dean started "The Good Fight - Motion Pictures" to create and promote his unique method of filmmaking. Dean's films included "Hey Dillon - The Last Great DJ" featured on The Documentary Channel. Dean's documentary, "The Enemy," was named Best Professional Documentary at the UNA Film Festival. Dean also added acting to his credits working on FOX's show "The Good Guys" and "Lonestar" as well as NBC's "Chase."

Along with the filmmaking, Dean took up running and completed five Texas Marathons.  He also loved to travel.  He and Sharon took many trips to his beloved Germany over the span of their 28 years together.  He traveled with most of his jobs and went to India, Mexico, Canada, Singapore and hundreds of towns around the US.  His favorite place to go was always Fredericksburg, TX, in the Texas hill country where he and Sharon would go a couple of times a year.  He and Sharon took their first trip to the Texas hill country in October of 1991 and took their last trip together October of 2019.

Dean is survived by his wife, Sharon Augustin of McKinney, Texas; sister, Pat Becker and husband, Mert of Estero, Florida; brothers, David Augustin and wife, Shari of Faribault, Minnesota, Doug Augustin and wife, Julie of Red Wing, Minnesota, Kris Augustin and wife, Stacey of Plano, Texas; sister, Jane Fox and husband, Jay of Prescott, Wisconsin; sister-in-law, Diane Monn of Tulsa, Oklahoma; mother-in-law, Clauda Pense of Springfield, Missouri; and various other loving nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Frances Augustin.

A memorial mass will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, November 21, 2019 at St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church, 110 St. Gabriel Way, McKinney, Texas 75071. The family will receive friends during a remembrance gathering on Wednesday evening, November 20, 2019 from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. with the rosary starting at 7:00 p.m. at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home, 2525 Central Expressway North, Allen, Texas 75013.

Memorial contributions may be made in Dean’s honor to McKinney FFA – Future Farmers of America, ATTN: Sean Williams, 1400 Wilson Creek Parkway, McKinney, Texas 75069.





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So sad to hear of another classmates passing. We all think of ourselves as young with so much more life to live and to give. And then we stop. Hug your loved ones close not just at this time of year but ever day and every goodbye. We will miss you. Julie Zender Thymian , November 24, 2019 My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I’m so sorry for your loss. Jane Maranell, November 21, 2019 Sharon, keeping you and Dean's family close in thought and prayer. We can only impagine how unbelieveable this is for you. He was a super guy who will be greatly missed by all that knew him. Pat & Marlene Pylate, November 20, 2019 I worked with Dean at Wasp Barcode. Dean and I got along because I got his sense of humor, I could make him laugh and we shared a love for sports. So he would always stop by my desk for a chat. He knew I was an Aggie so we would always talk A&M football. He would always try to get me to watch college hockey. He would tell me what high school football games he was going to Friday night. While we talked sports he never told me that he used to be in the football recruiting scene. I just found this video this week. He also never told me about his movies. I have so many things I wish I could ask him now. I just think he didn’t think they were that big or didn’t care to brag, it was just his life and things he did and no big deal to him. He often talked about his wife to me. He talked about all that was going on with her parents the last year. I remember on several Friday’s I would ask him what he was doing for the weekend and he would get excited saying his wife was home from Missouri and he couldn’t wait to spend the weekend with her. He talked about how he couldn’t wait to join her in retirement. He was a great guy. He will be missed. My condolences go out to Mrs Augustin and the family. Marc Davidson, November 19, 2019 Dean was a classmate of mine, he was always trying to help better our class and school. He always had a warm smile on his face.
Linda Madison (Deinhart), November 19, 2019 Dearest Sharon, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Your faith and love will carry you through this difficult time. Love, Melissa Melissa Moore, November 19, 2019 I had a chance to work with Dean as a member of the 1977-78 State FFA Officer team. You could always talk to and share ideas with Dean. I always respected Dean's opinions, even if I disagreed with him from time to time. Our team became kind of a little family. Dean was one of the groomsmen in my wedding. Looking back, I am so glad we had an officer team reunion in the summer of 2018. It was great to get back together. Dean, of course, came the furthest, since the rest of us are still in Minnesota. I will always treasure the year I worked with Dean. It wouldn't have been the same without him. Moving forward, life will not be the same without him. Dean will be missed. Colin Berg, November 18, 2019 Dear Augustin families, Time goes so fast... it seems like our childhood was not that long ago. Dean was one grade below me in Country School and our families were friends. I received my first gift from a “boy” when I was 10 or 11; a violin pin with purple stones. I remember the large weeping willow tree in the yard and being a visitor in the Augustin home. Dean and I spoke years ago about my amateur video business and his Film Festival videos. Sharon, no one can ever take your many memories away. They are a gift. Cindy
Cindy Kramer Steffl, November 18, 2019 He was a great classmate and liked by everyone. He'll be missed. R.I.P my friend. Michael Anderson, November 18, 2019