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In Memory of

Murray Austein

April 25, 1925 - May 13, 2017

Obituary


Murray Austein, 92, a resident of Dallas since 1950, passed away on May 13, 2017 surrounded by his family. A native of Brooklyn, NY, Murray was born to Adolph and Fannie Austein on April 25, 1925 and is preceded in death by his parents, his adoring wife Claire who passed away in September 2016, and his sister Matty Austein.
Murray proudly served in the Philippines during World War II and returned to Brooklyn where he worked for Barney Pressman dba Barney's in their Manhattan store. When his in-laws relocated to Dallas in 1950,...

Murray Austein, 92, a resident of Dallas since 1950, passed away on May 13, 2017 surrounded by his family. A native of Brooklyn, NY, Murray was born to Adolph and Fannie Austein on April 25, 1925 and is preceded in death by his parents, his adoring wife Claire who passed away in September 2016, and his sister Matty Austein.
Murray proudly served in the Philippines during World War II and returned to Brooklyn where he worked for Barney Pressman dba Barney's in their Manhattan store. When his in-laws relocated to Dallas in 1950, Murray and Claire joined them and he sold clothing on the road throughout the Southwest. Later, he opened his own clothing stores under the name Murray's Men's Shop, which grew to four stores in Dallas. He and Claire came to treat their employees like extended family. He was a true entrepreneur and exhibited an extraordinary work ethic and dedication to his business. Murray dearly missed his hometown of Brooklyn and his group of childhood friends, "The Crowns," with whom he stayed in close contact throughout the years. He had a deep passion for his family and adored his grandchildren and spending time with them. Murray had an extraordinary relationship with his mother-in-law, Fritzie Polak, who lived with the Austein family since losing her husband Abe in 1954. She was, in every way, a third parent to Murray and Claire's three children.
Murray and Claire were married for 69 years and were childhood sweethearts, having met when they were 16 when they ran against each other for Class Secretary.
Murray was a man without a Bucket List-his life was right in front of him. His passions were, above all else, his family, his business, his love of all things Brooklyn, the Dallas Cowboys, and Big Band music.
Murray will be immensely missed by his children Lynne and husband Larry Kohn, Debbie and husband Alan Stalarow, son Robert, grandchildren Melissa Kohn and partner Roberta Villaverde, Lauren Kohn and her fiancé Patrick Fabry, Ben and wife Jacylyn Austein, and Gabe Austein, his three great grandchildren Owen, Zachary, and Mia Claire, his devoted niece Kari Gould and her husband Timothy Islay, his nephew Kevin Gould, and niece Barbara and husband David Karron, with whom he shared a very close and special relationship.
The family offers special thanks to his loving caregivers Jocelyn and Laura and the wonderful staff at Manchester Living.
The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Kohn Austein Teen Fund c/o Congregation Shearith Israel, 1901 Douglas Ave., Dallas, TX 75225 https://shearith.org or the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Dallas.
A Funeral Service followed by Graveside Services will be held on Monday, May 15, 2017 at 12 pm at the Sparkman/ Hillcrest Northwest Highway Chapel, 7405 W. NW Highway, Dallas. Online condolences may be made at www.Sparkman/Hillcrest.com.