Nicholas Irsfeld Mineral Wells, TX

Nicholas Irsfeld

Nicholas Arthur “Nick” Irsfeld died November 20, 2019 at home in Mineral Wells, Texas. He was born September 9, 1936 in Pittsburg, Kansas, the second child of Lt. Col. Hubert Louis “Hub” Irsfeld Ph.D., Mineral Wells school teacher and superintendent, and Mary Lillian McKee Irsfeld of Minnesota. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Dorothy, and their three children: Christine Irsfeld (husband Doug Dawkins and children Douglas and Audra) of San Francisco, CA, Sarah Connelly (husband Brad Connelly and children Crit, Bradford and Hannah) of Palo Pinto, and Nicholas Irsfeld (wife Hillary and children Asa, Isaac, and Poppy) of Santa Cruz, CA; siblings: Hub Irsfeld (Anne) of Tucson, AZ, John Irsfeld (Janet) of Austin, Christine Houston (Joe) of Arlington, Texas, Rita Nixon (John) of Fort Worth, and Nita Stockton (David) of Fort Worth; brother-in-law Sam Abernathy (wife Pat) of Austin; sister-in-law Lela Abernathy of Palo Pinto and many nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews. After living in many different places as the child of an Army family, Nick graduated from Mineral Wells High School in 1954 and the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Physical Education in 1958. He married Dorothy Jo Abernathy of Palo Pinto, Texas, in 1960, daughter of S. C. “Crit” and Lela Belle Abernathy and great-great-granddaughter of George Webb Slaughter. After teaching and coaching high school football in Burnett, TX and working at Camp Wolters in Mineral Wells as Director of Recreation, Nick returned to school and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law in 1962 after which he served as an attorney with the Texas Attorney General’s office. He and Dorothy moved their young family from Austin to Palo Pinto where they raised their three children. Over the years, Nick had a private law practice in Mineral Wells, along with serving at various periods as City Attorney of Mineral Wells, Palo Pinto County Attorney and District Attorney 29th Judicial District of Texas. At the end of his career he worked with Ross & Matthews law firm in Fort Worth. An avid outdoorsman from a young age, he cherished his time on Dodson Prairie hunting with Dorothy and other friends and family. He lived in Mineral Wells and Fort Worth from 1987 until the time of his death. Visitation at 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Sunday, November 24 at Baum-Carlock Bumgardner Funeral Home, 302 West Hubbard, Mineral Wells. Funeral service at 2:00pm, Monday, November 25 at Palo Pinto United Methodist Church, 419 Oak St, Palo Pinto, followed by interment at Palo Pinto Cemetery.

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