Alan Austene loved sports. He loved playing, coaching, officiating and watching.

His sister Sue Wright said up until his death he was active with school sports in Hallsville, where he grew up and raised his family.

“He had been helping announce the basketball games at Hallsville,” she said. “He also kept score and ran the clock for the high school and middle school.”

Mr. Austene, 71, was born Nov. 10, 1946, in Columbia. He grew up in Hallsville with his three sisters.

Because she was the closest sibling in age to him, Wright said, she would have to chase after him.

They lived close to the feed store in Hallsville where Mr. Austene liked to go when he was a little boy. It was there that he first learned to play cards and enjoy baseball games. Wright would have to go to the store and bring him home, she said.

“He had older friends there and they would look after him,” she said. “He loved it. He just loved it.”

His enjoyment of playing cards continued into his adult life. He and his friends would hold a biweekly card game.

Growing up, Mr. Austene played baseball, and as an adult, he coached little league. He enjoyed helping kids, Wright said.

“If they needed personal help, if they wanted to learn how to play baseball or softball, he was always ready to help them and instruct them,” she said.

Mr. Austene graduated from Hallsville High School in 1964 and attended MU until 1965 when he was drafted by the army. While serving in Korea, he played baseball for the service’s team.

He married Patricia Ann Miller in 1972, and the two put their roots down in Hallsville. They had two children together, Benjamin and Kelly.

In addition to Hallsville sports, Mr. Austene was a fan of the Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Royals, Missouri Tigers and the St. Louis Cardinals.

Mr. Austene’s sister Patricia Doak said he was somebody who always helped other people.

“If they needed driving somewhere or taking to the doctor, he would help them out in any way,” Doak said. “He was first to help, and he helped a lot.”

Wright said Mr. Austene was always in a good mood and fun to be around.

“He was friendly and liked everyone,” she said. “He was a good guy.”

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  • Fall 2017 public safety/health reporter. I am a junior studying magazine publishing and management.

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