AUSTIN (KXAN) - There may have been no more beloved man in Austin than Darrell Royal. He was the University of Texas' winningest football coach, a man devoted to raising money for good causes, and an all-around humble, class-act.
After losing his battle to Alzheimer's last fall, Royal was remembered at a gala to raise money for research to fight the incurable disease.
The sold out event at the Moody Theatre on Wednesday included family, friends and former players.
"He would have been so surprised to see all this publicity and that his name was going to live on," said Edith Royal, the coach's widow. "He was such a wonderful, unusual character."
Around 340,000 Texans have Alzheimer's, and by the end of the decade, the state will be the second most populous and the fastest growing with the disease.
Larry Gatlin, the event's emcee and a longtime friend of Royal, said the coach took him personally to rehab 30 years ago, and saved his life.
"He had 88 years," Gatlin said, "80 of them real good, the last eight or ten were not, because of this horrible disease."
For years, Royal fought Alzheimer's, and made no secrets of his disease. Now, money raised for the Darrell K. Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer's Disease will be distributed to various studies and research projects.
"I don't recall such a fast ascendency for a young coach," said friend and former pro golfer Ben Crenshaw. "His reputation spread quickly. He just enjoyed people."
Another friend of the legendary coach, Willie Nelson, was the headline performer at the gala.
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