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James Steven Busby


James Steven Busby, born January 14, 1944, in Ennis, Texas, died in Dallas on April 9, 2018, of complications arising from dementia. He graduated from Ennis High School in 1962. Steven served in the U.S. Naval Reserve for six years, including while attending Texas A&M University-Commerce (then East Texas State University). He received a B.A. in Fine Arts in 1969. After graduation from ETSU, he had a successful 35-year career as Director of Exhibits at Lone Star Gas Company in Dallas, where one of his major projects was the annual new kitchen design exhibit at the State Fair of Texas. Designing advertising; building exhibits; creating logos, annual reports, and other printed matter were among his skills, as well as dealing with printers, other artists, materials suppliers, and company management.
Before retiring from the gas company, Steven created J.S. Busby Designs, a firm producing custom design and printing projects in Dallas and Ennis. After retirement, he and partners expanded the design/build business in Ennis doing a variety of building projects, including furniture, finally specializing in kitchen design and remodeling in the Ennis and Dallas area. He also designed a home for himself in Palmer, TX, participated in building the structure, and used popular Hill Country design elements, which were novel in North Texas at the time. Steven had a creative imagination, skilled and precise hands, and a good heart. He believed in luck. He was a golfer and pool player. He had high standards for himself and others. He was both impulsive and generous. Steven was a lover of beauty—in women and in good design–whether in buildings, furniture, printing, or artwork. He was a private man, a true friend, and a caring father. He also loved one good dog. Steven is survived by his son Zack Busby, daughter-in-law Alli, and granddaughter Kate of Dallas; his brother and sister-in-law Mark and Linda Busby of Wimberley; and nephew Josh Busby, his wife Bethany Albertson, and their son Will Busby of Austin. His former wife Leslie Linxwiler Young, who maintained a friendship with Steven, is among those who are saddened by his passing. Please feel free to make a contribution to your favorite charitable organization in James Steven Busby’s name.

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