Claude "Austin" Pichot, 39, of McKinney, Texas passed from this life on March 8, 2018 at the family ranch in Beeville. He was born in Traverse City, Michigan on June 17, 1978. Austin spent his elementary and Jr. High years in Bakersfield, CA and graduated from James Taylor High School in Katy, Texas in 1996. He went on to earn his BS in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin and began his career in Information Technology with e-Net Solutions in Houston, Texas. In 2005, Austin continued with I.T. at FedEx Kinkos and moved to Plano, TX. He loved his job with Microsoft as a Premier Field Engineer including the travel, working with his close friends and clients around the US.
After adopting his English Mastiff rescue dogs, Austin spent time at the Plano dog park where he met and fell in love with Amy McNeny and her rescue, Bella. They married in Key West, FL in November 2012. He and Amy were a fabulous duo. They traveled and shared a wonderful love for each other and their family and friends.
His battle with melanoma began in 2009. After five years of follow-ups at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, a biopsy revealed the disease had returned launching him into many aggressive treatments led by Doctors Amaria and Ross. With Amy always by his side, the full support of family and friends, and Austin's strong will and determination, he filled the last four years with as many wonderful memories as possible!
Austin's strong love for the Riggle family farm and ranch in Beeville and Pichot family in San Antonio, brought him to Texas during the summer every year. At his Granddad's side, Austin, along with his brother Travis and cousins Matt and David, spent the hot Texas summers learning the ropes of farming and ranching. Whether working cows on horseback or harvesting the corn, cotton and maize planted in the Spring, the boys worked and roamed the Riggle lands from dawn to dusk. At noon each day Grandmore had dinner on the table and work was paused as bodies and souls were nourished. In the evenings everyone headed down to the tank and with his trusty pocketknife Grandad would cut up a watermelon for all to share. Each week ended with church on Sunday morning and a day of rest, which included visits from family and friends around town. His Granddad's strong South Texas work ethic along with the adventures and lessons learned on the farm formed the man Austin became.
Austin earned his Eagle Scout award before leaving California, and he remained involved in Boy Scouts until he turned eighteen. He enjoyed planning for numerous trips and adventures, salt water fishing off the Texas or Florida coast, designing home theaters, and supporting numerous friend's and family's business endeavors. Throughout his moves from Bakersfield to McKinney, Austin cultivated many lifelong friendships through work, school and various exploits. His travels took him around the globe and nurtured his deep sense of adventure and spirit of exploration.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, James and Frankie Luthringer Riggle and James A. and Willie Schueling Pichot and his cousin, David Huie.
He is survived by his wife, Amy McNeny Pichot and dogs, Bella and Lady; his parents, Claude E. and Cherry Riggle Pichot; his brother Travis and sister-in-law Chrissy Stewart Pichot, niece Sierra and nephews August and Henry Pichot; his brother-in-law Frank and sister-in-law Jessica Skinner McNeny, niece Gemma and nephew, Bennet McNeny; his aunt Janice Riggle and uncle Robert Huie; his first cousin Matt and Shambryn Wilson Huie, their children, Abigail, Riley and Zachary Huie; his aunt Patty Riggle and uncle Byrd Bonner; his first cousins Lou Caroline Bonner and Kevin Collins, Rosalie Bonner; his uncle Mark Pichot; his aunt Carol Pichot and uncle Byron Rogers, cousins, Rachele and Lance Rogers; and many other cousins from the Pichot, Schueling, Riggle and Luthringer families.
A visitation will be held Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 5 to 7 pm at Galloway & Sons Funeral Home chapel.
The Celebration of Life Service will be conducted Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 3 pm at the First United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at Glenwood Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Travis Pichot, Matt Huie, Mark Pichot, Riley Huie, Frank McNeny, Tommy Mhire, Greg Clark, and Tom Carl.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Byrd Bonner, Bobby Huie, August Pichot, Henry Pichot, Sierra Pichot, Bennet McNeny, Gemma McNeny, and Zac Huie.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Austin's name at: The Melanoma Research Foundation, PO Box 759329, Baltimore MD 21275-9329 (www.melanoma.org) or The Duke and Oliver Foundation, 7943 Summit Cove, Fort Worth TX 76179 (dukeandoliver.org)
Claude Austin Pichot
Galloway & Sons Funeral Home Chapel
409 N. Tyler
Beeville, TX 78102
Saturday, March 10, 2018
5 to 7 p.m.
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First United Methodist Church
106 E. Cleveland
Beeville, TX 78102
Sunday, March 11, 2018
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