Eric Von Lehmden '97 November 10, 2022 1:34 PM updated: November 10, 2022 1:52 PM
Eric Francis Von Lehmden
October 2, 1975 - October 25, 2022
Eric Francis Von Lehmden of Pflugerville passed to our Lord on Tuesday, October 25. Eric was born in Washington DC on Oct 2, 1975 and grew up as a true “Military Brat”. He spent his childhood years in Great Britain, then Virginia, and finally in San Antonio, TX. Eric graduated from John Marshall High School in San Antonio in 1993. He went to Texas A&M and graduated as a proud Texas Aggie in the Class of 1997.
Through the grace of God, Eric was a true success story! He was diagnosed with two brain tumors during his junior year in high school and was declared cancer free after six months of treatment. He suffered a recurrence of the cancer during his freshman year of college and again was declared cancer free after another six months of treatment. Eric never doubted he would beat the “Big C”, and he did. He went on to be a counselor for incoming Freshmen at Aggie Fish Camp and even participated in Aggie Hostel for “Senior Aggies” who came back to College Station for one more opportunity to recreate their Aggie experience. For all the things he went through, they contributed to his being a kind, tender hearted, gentle person, loved by everyone he met, worked with or played sports with.
His success story followed through all phases of his life. He didn’t measure success by how much money he made. He followed his passions. His love of baseball and his great voice led him to be on the broadcast team for Aggie Baseball, Aggie Football post game radio show, and then with the San Antonio Missions minor league baseball team. He developed a love for photography and became an accomplished photographer of portraits, weddings, still life, and landscapes. Eric’s eye for photography and art were one of a kind. He could capture what to others was a plain, simple item into the most gorgeous piece of art. His photos became most treasured possessions of many families, including his own. His personal experience with his cancer treatment during his youth led him to his position as Communications & Content Manager at the Austin area blood bank, “We Are Blood”, where he was currently working.
Eric had a gift for storytelling. He could remember moments from his childhood, telling stories with vivid information down to what the person was wearing and what was said. He recalled memories like it was yesterday. His family considered him their “historian” and will forever cherish the stories. He could also lighten a moment with a funny comment or facial expression, his sense of humor was amazing. Making people laugh was a special gift he gave to anyone who spent a moment with him.
Eric’s greatest success was meeting the love of his life, Kim at their 10th high school class reunion. They clicked immediately and became a couple whose love grew through their courtship, married on October 29, 2005 and continued through the present day. Theirs was “the” perfect love story, meant for each other in every possible way. Their marriage was full of adventure. They loved to travel, cook together, garden, find unique décor for their home and write beautiful love letters to each other. Family was their priority, never missing an opportunity to be at a family trip, gathering or party. Kim and Eric adored each other, they were the love of each other’s lives.
Eric is survived by his beloved wife Kim, his parents Bob and Ginny Von Lehmden of San Antonio TX, his sisters Julie Megahan (Steve) of Monument Colorado and Jennifer Lemmons (Sam) of Pflugerville TX, and his brother Aaron Von Lehmden (Marge) of Savannah GA. Mother In-Law and Father In-Law Judy and Robert Libert of Helotes, TX, Brother In-Law Blake Libert (Amber) of Spring Branch TX and Sister In-Law Tiffany Robison (Kevin) of Fair Oaks TX. Eric loved his 9 nieces and nephews (Luke & Emma Megahan, Abby, Jacob & Benjamin Lemmons, Parker & Walter Von Lehmden, Olivia & Levi Libert) in a way that only an uncle with his heart could. They adored their UE (Uncle Eric) with all their hearts. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who loved him dearly.
Eric’s faith in the Lord grew throughout his life. He was a faithful member of St Theresa Parish in Austin, where he served as a lector. He enjoyed several Men’s Bible Studies that helped him explore the depths and growth of his Catholic faith.
Eric had many, many friends that enjoyed his faithfulness, fun ideas and even that unique sense of humor. He will be missed by all his family and friends and leaves a very empty space in each of our lives that his memory will fill.
Services will take place at St Theresa Catholic Church, 4311 Small Drive, Austin TX 78731 on Thursday, November 3 at 10:00 AM. Visitation will take place for one hour before the start of the funeral service.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to the Dell Children’s Foundation (https://supportdellchildrens.org), Make a Wish Foundation (https://wish.org) or Dream Street Foundation (https://dreamstreetfoundation.org/donate/). Eric was granted a wish through Make a Wish Foundation and was able to have a life changing experience through the Dream Street Foundation as a camper.