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John Bruce Hughes

Surrounded by his children, John Bruce Hughes passed away April 10, 2017, in Round Rock, Texas at the age of 79.

Born and raised in Iowa Park, Texas, Bruce and his parents, Arch and Grace Hughes, were active civic volunteers. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout, was an accomplished horn player, and was known as a big hearted guy who would help anyone.

After graduating from Iowa Park High School, Bruce moved to Austin to study at the University of Texas, where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and served as their Social Chairman for two years. A blind date arranged by mutual friends introduced him to his future wife, Constance Black. They married in July of 1960 in Corpus Christi, Texas, shortly after he earned his BA in Economics. Bruce then proceeded to Baylor University School of Law, where he graduated Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1963.

Bruce started his Law career working for the State Comptroller’s Office in Austin. In 1973 he was appointed by then Texas Secretary of State Mark White to serve as his Assistant Secretary of State, a position he held until 1976. He then joined Alyeska Pipeline Corporation as Tax Manager, and moved with the family to Anchorage, Alaska. He and his family relocated to Houston, Texas in 1978, where Bruce served as Tax Manager for Tenneco, and then Public Relations for Gulf Oil. He moved into private practice after leaving Gulf, specializing in family law until retiring in 2003 and returning to Austin to be closer to his family. During his retirement years, he volunteered his legal services to CASA of Travis County, representing abused and neglected children.

Bruce was well known for his lifelong love of the outdoors, fishing, skiing, hunting, tennis, photography, guitar and telling wild tales to his grandkids. He is remembered as an outspoken and easy going companion, with a sardonic sense of humor and indomitable presence. And for shouting loudly at football games on television.

He is survived by his three children, John Bruce Hughes Jr., Christopher Archer Hughes, Holly Hughes Salinas, and their mother Constance (Black) Hughes. He is also survived by his five grandchildren, Katherine, Daniel, Lauren, Ryan and Alexander, and 1 great-grand daughter, Barbara.

A celebration of life is planned for a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to : and

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