AUSTIN, James Stanley "Stan,"
died unexpectedly of a stroke on March 11, 2020, in Richmond, Va. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Susan Spielman Austin; daughter, Kathleen (Jim) McCarthy; son, Jay (Wenona) Austin; and "adopted" son, Markus Franklin. He was "Poppie" to four wonderful grandchildren, Thomas and Piper Austin and Emily and Noah McCarthy.
Stan was born March 3, 1946 in Washington, D.C. and lived most of his life in Northern Virginia and D.C. His career as a policy analyst for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management spanned more than 30 years and included a term as a Fellow in the office of Connecticut Congressman Christopher Shays.
An avid soccer fan, Stan was active in Fairfax, Virginia Youth Soccer as a coach, referee and Commissioner. In retirement, he reveled in the 24/7 Cable T.V. Soccer package where he cheered for his beloved Arsenal (and any other team playing) and critiqued all the ref’s calls. He vicariously enjoyed the Great British Baking Show because it was a continual disappointment to him that his wife never learned to make a proper pecan pie.
Stan volunteered with STEPdc as a youth tutor and mentor, delivered
Meals on Wheels for Feed More in Richmond and as an ordained Deacon in the Presbyterian Church of American (PCA), he faithfully served congregations at three churches in D.C. and Virginia.
Interment at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Oak Park, Va., was private and a memorial service will be scheduled at a later date in Richmond, Va.