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Save Austin's Cemeteries
PO Box 16411 Austin, TX 78761
Phone: 512-917-1666    Email: info@sachome.org
Meeting Location: Oakwood Cemetery, 1601 Navasota Street

Austin Cemeteries Division (contact to purchase cemetery plots, arrange burials, discuss maintenance requests).
2800 Hancock Dr. Austin, TX 78731 (Business Office hours M-F 8am-5pm, Sat 10am-2pm; Cemetery Gates 7am-7pm)
Phone 512-978-2320
http://www.austintexas.gov/cemeteries (includes email form)

Board of Directors

SAC Board Meetings are typically held at 10:00 a.m. on the 2nd Saturday of each month at Oakwood Cemetery. If you are interested in attending, please contact us to confirm time and place.

Sally Victor

President: Sally Victor

Sally Victor started visiting cemeteries at a young age and enjoyed sharing the unique and decorative features with others in high school. She studied cemeteries professionally as a historic consultant during the 1980s in east Texas and marveled at the folklore and traditions exhibited. Sally has prepared several National Register nominations for historic cemeteries near Amarillo and San Antonio. She also does presentations on cemetery symbolism and cemetery walking tours. Sally has degrees from the University of Texas in American Studies and Community & Regional Planning with emphasis on Historic Preservation and History. The City of Austin cemeteries are really special and sincerely need better preservation.

Vice President: Warren Friedrich

Warren is a second generation German American and a native Texan. After 33 years of Government and Military service, he retired with a goal to track his family’s history and to continue his research into German immigration into Texas which began in the 1830s. He is currently a member of the German/Texan Heritage Society, Save Austin Cemeteries, the Susanna Dickinson and Joseph Hannig Museum, and the Bullock Texas State History Museum where he is an active volunteer bringing Texas history and the history of “Germans in Texas” alive and exciting to Texans, visitors to Texas, and future generations of Texans through storytelling, costumed presentations, Oakwood Cemetery Tours, and German Immigration talks.

Secretary: Terri Hoover Mirka

Terri has been a SAC member since 2007 and leads SAC’s marketing and gravestone cleaning projects. She holds a MBA degree in International Marketing and has retired from her most recent role as Marketing Director at Dell. Her first Texas ancestors were the Swisher family who moved to Robertson’s Colony, Texas in 1833 and are buried at Oakwood. The Swishers were leaders in the Texas Revolution and the Republic of Texas and were also key figures in the development of Austin which they moved to in 1839. She is most interested in the preservation/cleaning of headstones, biographies of Oakwood residents, and the rights of family owners at Oakwood. Terri is also a member of the Austin Genealogical Society, Williamson County Genealogical Society, and the Descendants of the Signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence.

Kay Boyd

Treasurer and Historian: Kay Boyd

Kay has been a member of SAC since its inception. She is keenly interested in the preservation and care of Austin cemeteries. Her great-grandparents were Swedish immigrants who came to Austin and Texas in 1870 and are buried in Oakwood Cemetery. She also has family buried in the Oakwood Annex and Austin Memorial Park. Kay is also a member of the Austin Genealogical Society where she works with the Travis County cemetery project and county records. She was instrumental in beginning the Travis County Pioneer program. Besides cemeteries and genealogy, she is very interested in Travis County history.

Other Board of Director Members

Bobby Cervantes

Bobby is an elementary school educator, graduate student, and preservationist. He is also a member of the Travis County Historical Commission. Bobby’s passion for several years has been the preservation of the Sneed Mansion built in 1850 by Judge Sebron G. Sneed. Bobby’s Facebook page “Save The Sneeds” records his efforts to work with the city, the land owners, and the family. He grew up in South Austin, and as a kid, he played at the Sneed Mansion when the home was still standing. Bobby’s interest in Austin, history, and cemeteries made him an ideal choice as a member of the board of directors of SAC.

Karen Eshliman

Karen is a life long resident of Texas having grown up in Beaumont, TX where she attended Lamar University. She has been a resident of Austin for nearly a decade and has been a member of SAC since 2013. Karen is an Executive Assistant to a local entrepreneur and an Austin Tour Guide. Her love of Austin history lead her to SAC, leading cemetery tours and helping raise awareness of cemetery preservation. In addition to her involvement with SAC, Karen has been a volunteer for Keep Austin Beautiful since 2011, working as a Lake Leader in their project to keep Lady Bird Lake clean. Karen is also a volunteer at The Austin Visitors Center where she shares her knowledge of the city with visitors from all over the world.

Dale Flatt

Dale Flatt (SAC Founder)

Dale is a retired firefighter/EMT with the City of Austin and is the founder of Save Austin's Cemeteries. He is a past Master of a Masonic Lodge and chairman of the local Masonic cemetery. For the past 12+ years, he has dedicated a large portion of his hours to the study and practice of preservation efforts for the historic cemeteries in the Austin area. Dale volunteers on projects with the Texas Historical Commission and the Texas Department of Transportation in gravesite documentation in Travis County. He also works with cemetery groups on how to form non-profit organizations and how to best manage their cemeteries. He is a member of the International Cemetery Cremation and Funeral Association (ICCFA), Save Our Cemeteries (New Orleans), and Historic Oakland Foundation (Atlanta), along with several other organizations, in order to keep abreast of historic and current cemetery trends.

Jan Root

Jan has been a great supporter of Save Austin’s Cemeteries for many years, helping with special events, research, and planning. She is a native of Austin and a UT graduate with a BA in American History. Jan has extensive knowledge and experience in the archives field, working eighteen years at the Austin History Center, twelve years at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, and two years as an archivist at Texas Parks & Wildlife. She also worked several years conducting historic surveys, including a US Navy project that took her to 37 states documenting Navy artifacts. She is currently a Certified Archivist at the Texas General Land Office, working with historic maps and land grants. Jan appreciates cemeteries for the link they provide to our past and the historic information that can be gathered from them. Jan is especially interested in SAC because of the work that's done to document and preserve Austin's cemeteries, thereby preserving her hometown's history.


In Memory of Daniel Dwight Camacho (Nov 22, 1945 – April 27, 2016)

Danny was a long-time SAC board member, volunteer, gifted storyteller, avid researcher, champion of Mexicans & Mexican Americans in Central Texas and a dear friend to many.