AUSTIN (KXAN) — Frank Denius served his country and the Texas Longhorns in almost everything he did.
The WWII veteran and Longhorn football donor was remembered Tuesday at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Denius died Sunday at age 93.
Prominent figures from the Longhorn athletic community honored the American legend and each had a different story to tell.
“Anything we did at Texas, Frank was the first one there. Frank said what was it that we needed to do and he was the first one to help and he was that way with everybody. The number of friends he has, the number of people’s lives he’s impacted has been huge,” former Texas Athletic Director DeLoss Dodds said.
“He made you feel like you were the most important person in the world. Today’s celebration was about all the stories of how he made people feel so great and when you read his book and his story, you realize you pale in comparison. God’s gift to us is our potential and what we do with our potential is our gift to Him and Frank left no stone unturned,” Texas Athletic Director Chris Del Conte said.
Denius didn’t attend many other Texas sporting events, but he was around everything that had to do with the Texas football program. Many around UT athletics say that Denius attended more football practices than 16-year head coach Mack Brown.
He loved to watch the Longhorn defense. Denius and former Longhorn player Ted Koy had a system in place where Koy would watch the offense and Denius would check out the defense. After practice, the two would report back on their findings.
“He loved (practice) so much because of interactions he had with us. Coach (Mack) Brown would go see him, Coach (Charlie) Strong would go see him. He loved that interaction. It was a lot more intimate and a bit more secluded, and he could have those conversations … he loved it for the players,” former Longhorn player Quan Cosby said.
Texas Longhorn historian Bill Little acknowledged the cliché, but couldn’t avoid using it in regards to Denius: It was indeed a life well-lived.