September 10, 1927 ~ March 7, 2019
Born in: Houston, Texas,
Resided in: Austin, Texas
Peyton Osborne 'P.O.' Abbott passed away on March 7, 2019. He was born to Agnes Weed Abbott and Merlin C. 'Jack' Abbott in Houston, Texas, on September 10, 1927. He was raised in Austin and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Geology. He married Geraldine 'Gerri' Jaye in 1956 and had a son, James Travis Abbott, in 1957, and a daughter, Laura Kathryn Abbott, in 1962. In 1963, the family relocated to Pueblo, where he spent his career at the United States Bureau of Reclamation and the United States Geological Survey. He was a faithful member of the First Presbyterian Church, and took special delight in participating in a Thursday morning church men's group. On other week mornings, he could be found swimming laps at the YMCA before getting on to the activities of the day. After retiring, he and Gerri traveled extensively, exploring their shared passion for nature and history. He moved back to Austin to be near family after Gerri's passing in 2012. P.O. was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Gerri Abbott; mother, Agnes Weed Abbott; father, Merlin C. Abbott; and an unnamed infant son. He is survived by son, James Travis Abbott and his wife, Susan Abbott of Austin; daughter, Laura Kathryn Abbott and her husband, Tim Wilson of Seattle; and his cherished grandchildren, Samantha Abbott, Nick Abbott, and Tom Abbott of Austin and Alan Wilson of Seattle. Arrangements by Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors of Pueblo. There will be a private ceremony of remembrance in Colorado at a later date. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the charity of your choice. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com
Dear Jim and Kathryn, I was saddened to hear of you fathers passing. I worked with P.O. at the Colorado Division of Water Resources for several years after his retirement from the U.S.G.S. He spoke to me often of his children and was very proud of all of your accomplishments. I have always thought of your father as one of my most valuable mentors and friends. He had a very positive influence on my career and family life, and I believe I owe a great deal of my success to his guidance. Before P.O. moved back to Austin we would try and get together for lunch from time to time. I can’t tell you how much I miss those conversations. Several years ago my wife and I invited P.O. to spend Thanksgiving in our home. As always your father, and his stories, helped make it a great holiday. We had a large number of extended family in our home that day, and they all wanted to speak to your father. I am truly regretful I did not keep in contact with P.O. after he moved to Austin. On behalf of myself and my wife, I want to extend our sincere condolences. There is a special place for you father. He will be missed.
I met “P.O.”, as he was known to most us, through the church that we both attended. I always admired his abiding faith, and especially, how briefly he could express its tenets.
Note for Ms. Kathryn Abbott:
My wife Donna and I offer you our sincere condolences and prayers for eternal peace for P.O. and your solace.
David and Donna Singh