In Memory of




Obituary for Howard Ralph Austin

Howard Austin passed away peacefully at his home in Cedar City on June 19, 2023. He is survived by his wife, Mary, four sons and daughters-in-law, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, his two dogs, Lily and Gator, and one cat, Bandit. Howard was born on August 22, 1931 in Kalispell, Montana and graduated from the University of Montana in 1953. He grew up on his father’s wheat farm and spent the next fifty-three years in the financial industry and was CEO of the Bank of Columbia Falls for ten years.

Howard followed this with fifteen years as manager of Business Development at Whitefish Credit Union in Whitefish, Montana. He retired in 2007 and moved to Cedar City with his wife, Mary. He was the second highest SBA lender in Montana and served on the State of Montana Advisory Board. He was voted “Boss of the Year” and was honored as King of the Whitefish Winter Carnival in 2004 for his service on many community functions.

Howard was a basketball referee for fifteen years and took up Race Walking and participated throughout the Northwest. He set the state of Montana record as well as fourth place in the Nationals. He was a mountain climber in Glacier National Park and reached the summit of fourteen peaks. Seeing the world from the top were events that he truly enjoyed with his sons.

Howard was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church in Cedar City and was President of the Parish Council, member of the Knights of Columbus, taught Confirmation classes, was an usher and Eucharistic Minister. He was a director of the Neil Simon Festival and a member of the Small Business Administration SCORE program.

Howard was a volunteer of the Happy Factory for a number of years. He reestablished the Coats for Kids Program in Iron County. Howard’s favorite saying is “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” There will be a funeral Mass for Howard on July 27th 2023 at 11:00 am at Christ the King Catholic Church Located at 690 Cove Dr in Cedar City Utah.

The family wishes to thank Zion’s Way Hospice and Affordable Funeral Services of Cedar City for caring for the family at this time.

In Lieu of flowers please donate to The Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab Utah in Howards name.

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