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David Paul Ferguson

David Ferguson ObitDavid Paul Ferguson, age 76, of Lantana, Texas, passed away on December 14, 2020. He was born August 1, 1944, in Crockett, the third son to parents, Reed W. Ferguson, Sr. and Mildred Ferguson. David attended Crockett Elementary and High School, playing all sports, including, baseball, basketball and football, and excelled in all, but he was a true star in football. Several colleges pursued him to play for them on a full scholarship, including, Texas A&M and Rice University. He really wanted to go to A&M, however his dad told him he was going to Rice, because Rice was known for their reputation as a universally recognized academic school. At Rice, David received many honors in football, including second in the nation in punt returns. His most memorable accolade was the game Rice played against the University of Texas at Austin in Memorial Stadium in 1965. David could not be stopped. He was playing quarterback and Rice beat Texas 20-17, in one of the most exciting and memorable games Rice has ever played. When David graduated from Rice, he was pursued by several professional football teams including the Dallas Cowboys and the Miami Dolphins. He decided to play for Miami (which he later regretted). Shortly after, he was drafted into the army during the Vietnam War. David served 3 years in the Army, in Europe, and in Washington, D.C. as a Communications Specialist at the Pentagon. David was honorably discharged, with a designation of Sergeant in 1973 with the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the Expert Medal for rifle. After the Army, David worked in Dallas for several insurance agencies, and in 1975 he moved to Giddings, and partnered with his Rice roommate, R.J. Nitsche, and they started an independent insurance agency where he worked until his retirement in 2009. He married Sharon Varnado on September 24, 1977 at First United Methodist Church of Giddings, where they were members for 39 years. He loved fishing, hunting, playing golf, skiing, anything outdoors, but he loved his two children, David Garrett and Kristen Elizabeth the most. He always put his family before himself and had nicknames for all. Sharon was Pumpkin, Garrett was The Man, and Kristen was Purdy.

David is survived by his wife, Sharon, son Garrett, his wife Kelly, their daughter, Palmer and son, Benton; his daughter, Kristen, her husband, Travis, their daughters, Anderson, and Prestley; his brother in-law, David Varnado, wife, Jerry; his brother-in-law, Richard Varnado, wife, Cynthia; sister-in-law, Gloria Ferguson; nieces, Marla Ferguson Collins, Jennifer Varnado Placke, Jessica Varnado, Kym Varnado Martinez, Jennie Ferguson Duncan; nephews, Steven Ferguson, Danny Lanier, Rex Ferguson, Jr., Brandon Varnado. He was preceded in death by his parents, Reed and Mildred Ferguson; brother, Reed Ferguson, Jr. wife, Peggy, Rex Ferguson, Dan Ferguson.

Graveside funeral service for David Paul Ferguson will be held at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, December 20, 2020 at the Evergreen Memorial Park with Rev. Michael Bedevian officiating.

In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to ALZ of Texas, 7719 Wood Hollow Drive Ste. 157, Austin Tx 78731,, The National Kidney Foundation, or a charity of your choosing.

The family asks everyone to please wear a mask and practice social distancing.

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  1. Fond, pleasant memories of you, David. A real asset to Crockett High during your academic and sports career. Superior athleticism coupled with a calm, yet fiercely determined demeanor. Always to be counted upon during when the results truly mattered. That’s why you came out of CHS and started and starred for the Rice Owls in the early 60’s. Rest in peace, my friend.

  2. In 1965(I believe) the University of Texas was plagued by two teams. One lead by a quarterback named Crockett and the second a running back from Crockett. The Arkansas and Rice / UT games were unforgettable for the their fans and two that Texas fans would’ve loved to forget. David was an icon. A beautiful man from a great family of men. Dan and I graduated together and we all spent many wonderful hours at the Ferguson house. Enjoy your parents and your brothers my friend. RIP

  3. David was the best! As James Beall said, a great teammate and friend. I always
    regretted that he wasn’t an Aggie but he made up for it with his performance in
    1965 against the sips in Austin. God bless your soul, David!,

    • David was a wonderful guy and dear friend back in our younger days.
      I always regretted that he didn’t spend his athletic career as an Aggie.
      I DO fondly recall his fine work in Austin 1965!!
      God bless your soul, David—- you made all our lives more enjoyable.

  4. David was quite the quarterback. Remember my one year playing in the backfield with him at the Old Bulldog Field and living across the street from him during my teen years..He always gave his best and was very dedicated in doing his best.God bless and comfort his family.

  5. Life well lived ! Get the rest you earned , my friend !

  6. Dear Sharon, Garrett, and Kristen,
    David was one of the best guys ever. Sharon I can see you guys dancing at “Dance Club”. He loved his family with his whole heart. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all now and in the days ahead.
    We love you much,
    Mike and Carolyn Jatzlau

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