In memory of
Donald Leo STENCE
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In memory of
Donald Leo STENCE
STENCE, Donald Leo Donald Leo Stence of Kingsland, Texas departed this world on February 9, 2017. He was born on June 16, 1939 in Idalou, Texas to the late Roy and Myrtle (Phillips) Stence. Mr. Stence studied at Lubbock and Abilene Christian Universities. He received a Master's Degree in Park Management and Landscape Architecture from Texas Tech University, graduating on the Dean's Honor List. Upon graduation he accepted employment at Metro Dade County Parks & Recreation Department in Miami, Fla. In 1968 he was hired as Superintendent of Parks/Director of Planning & Design in Austin; producing the first Town Lake Corridor plan to be adopted by the Austin City Council that included the famed Town Lake Hike & Bike Trails and gazebo at Congress Avenue bridge. In 1971 he became Director of Comprehensive Planning at CAPCO/CAPCOG where, among many other contributions in the 10-county region, he led the designing of the 9-1-1 emergency services information systems. After retirement, he began his own business, Stence Associates, continuing to design and landscape beautiful yards in Austin and the Texas Hill Country. Mr. Stence had a never-ending passion for helping others. He served as an Elder at Packsaddle Fellowship in Kingsland and gave unendingly to help the less fortunate. Mr. Stence is survived by his wife of 54 years, Kay (Adrian) Stence; son, Michael and two son's Zachary and Tyler; son, Mitchell Stence and wife, Kim (Krebs) Stence, and their three children, Payton, Riley, and Cassie; sister, Joy Rettmann and husband James; brother, Bill Stence and wife Carla; and brother, David Stence and wife Jackie; and multiple nieces and nephews. Preceding Mr. Stence in death are his parents, Roy and Myrtle Stence and brother Robert Stence. A Memorial Service will be held to celebrate Mr. Stence's life on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at Packsaddle Fellowship, 508 Ranch Road 2900, Kingsland, Texas, with Packsaddle's Pastor Robert Billingslea officiating. An online registry may be signed at In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to Mr. Stence's favorite local ministries: His Joshua House, P.O. Box 1486 Kingsland, Texas, 78639 and A Place of Hope, 700 E. 1431, Marble Falls, Texas 78654. Cremation arrangements made by Putnam Funeral Home and Crematory, 145 Texas Avenue Kingsland, Texas 78639. 325-388-0008
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