Orvil Laverne Cowan, 68, passed away on May 24, 2008, at his home in South Austin, Texas, surrounded by his family. He was born the second son of Seldon and Lola Cowan in Richland Springs, Texas, on Sept. 18, 1939. Orvil was the type of man who always made you smile with his jokes and also possessed a cowboy wisdom that everyone loved. Orvil was one of a kind and had many best friends. He graduated from Richland Springs High School in 1958 and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a successful manager for Pepsi-Cola and various coffee companies for 30 years. He retired in South Austin in 2004. Orvil was a family man that loved to spend time at the family farm and attending the Elm Grove Rodeo. He was an avid sports fan and especially enjoyed watching and coaching his sons, grandsons and granddaughters in soccer, football, basketball and baseball. Like every good Texan, Orvil enjoyed watching the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Longhorns.

He married Patricia Sue Mackey on July 2, 1966, and they have lived in Austin for the last 18 years. Orvil was a member of Congress Avenue Baptist Church.

Orvil is survived by his wife and their children, daughter Tawn Brown and husband Mike of Palestine, Texas, grandchildren Leighton and wife Tara, Shelly and Leslie; son Larry Park and wife Ellen of Austin, Texas, grandsons Kenneth and Kevin; daughter Lisa Park of Austin, Texas, grandson Sean; son Patrick Cowan and wife Nicole, granddaughters Zoe and Mia; son Michael Cowan and fiancée Kerri Jensen; great-granddaughter Lillian Brown; his brothers Bob Cowan of Graham, Texas, and Leon Cowan of Brownwood, Texas; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A service memorializing Orvil Cowan will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 27, 2008, at Harrell Funeral Home, 4435 Frontier Trail, Austin, TX 78745, conducted by Pastor George Tuthill. Graveside services will follow at 4 p.m. at the Pear Valley Cemetery in Lohn, Texas. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Congress Avenue Baptist Church, Sack Lunch Program, 1511 South Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78704, or to the Church of your choice. Guestbook and this obituary can be viewed at www.harrellfuneralhomes.com or www.statesman.com.