We always feel blessed when volunteers step up and go the extra mile.  This morning one of our very special volunteers who always went the extra mile, Dy Austin, passed away.  Dy Austin helped start the SHAKA I.C.E ice skating development program,  Miss Dy, as she was affectionately called by the kids in the SHAKA I.C.E. program, was a lover of all kids.  She pushed them to excellence and all who crossed her path have become better citizens in many ways from the lessons she taught.  Some complained about her methods, as her passion was so intense, but you always knew she cared.  Dy Austin was a trooper who pushed passed adversity and challenges in her own life and in the lives of those she touched.  She developed some incredible and awesome figure skaters some of whom have gone on to great heights.   She was funny, smart, could make you a dress or skating outfit in an hour, plant your garden, heal you with her herbal tinctures, creams or supplements – she had a remedy for everything that ailed you.  THE SHAKA FRANKLIN FOUNDATION WILL MISS DY AUSTIN!


  • Sheila Schultz:

    Marianne, I am so sorry that you have lost such a special friend. From what you have told me about Dy, she will never be forgotten… by you or those that she touched over the years. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Kim:

    She is going to be greatly missed by alot of people and i am lucky to have known such a great person. She taught me alot of what i know when it comes to skating and coaching. I am also lucky because she introduced me to you and Les. Now you guys are my family. I love you and Les very much and Taylor is very lucky to have you guys as grandparents. RIP Dy Austin Love you

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