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Doug Livingston


Doug Livingston, 70, of Bandera, passed away Thursday, May 29, at his home. He was born in Wichita, Kansas to DK Livingston and Ruth Lorrine Rhodes Livingston on Sept. 8, 1942.

Doug married Carol Sue Knight on May 16, 1980 in Houston. After serving four years in the United States Air Force, he was employed by Lear Jet in Wichita, Kansas for three years. As an air conditioning and pressurization technician, he worked on Lear Jet models 23, 24 and 25. In Tulsa, Oklahoma Doug worked for Avco, building motor homes for two years.

After moving to Kerrville in 1986, he went into business with his father at Texas Products, making everything from birdbaths to snowmobiles. In 1991, Doug started DKL Enterprises Bandera Outdoor Power Parts Sales and Services, an operational and successful business for 22 years.

Doug became involved with music at the age of 25. In 1972, he moved to Bandera where he played music for Arkey Blue at the Silver Dollar as bandleader and bass player for the next 25 years. During Doug's 45-year music career, he had the pleasure of playing with many famous artists.

One of the finest men that anyone could have known, Doug was a great friend and all around good person. There wasn't anyone who didn't love him.

In 2006, he was inducted into the Bandera Music Hall of Fame as Musician of the Year and again in 2012 as a Living Legend.

Doug is survived by his wife, Carol Livingston; sons, Bob Livingston and his wife, Martha, of Alamogordo, New Mexico, and David Livingston and his wife, Briana, of Twin Falls, Idaho; daughters, Debbie Bunch of Kerrville; Tammy McKenney and her husband, Andy, of Dallas; and Terri Kraft and her husband, Jeff, also of Dallas; grandchildren Kaleb, Alix, Jennifer, Rodney, Devryn and JayLeigh Livingston; Christopher, Ashley and Hannah Kraft; and Kristen and Heather McKennery; great-grandchildren, Wyatt, Preston and Cody Baker; Rodney Buxton III; and Shelby and Kendall McDougald; sisters, Barbara Strate of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Pam Pilgrim of Fort Stockton; and brothers, Clifford Livingston of Tulsa, Bob Faure of Kerrville and Kent Faure of California, as well as by multiple nephews and nieces and numerous friends.

Doug was predeceased by his parents.

Funeral services were held Saturday, June 1, at Grimes Funeral Chapels in Bandera, with Rev. Joe Walts officiating. Cremation will follow at a later date.

Condolences may be sent to the family by clicking on the "Send Condolences" link at

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Bandera Music Hall of Fame at PO Box 1568, Bandera 78003; American Cancer Society at; or Peterson Hospice at 1121 Broadway, Kerrville 78028.

The family would like to thank the staff and volunteers at Peterson Hospice for the wonderful care they provided.

Arrangements were entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Bandera.