Community mourns passing of school counselor and business leader | the mountaineer

Rick Edwards went to his paradise home on May 7, 2022.

His family and close friends were with him, and they are comforted by the assurance that although he is absent in the body, he is present with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Rick was born on May 5, 1965 in Las Vegas, New Mexico to Jerry and Carolyn Edwards.

Their family moved to Marble Falls in 1968, a town Rick would devote himself to serving for the rest of his life. As a child, he cycled all over town and quickly established himself in the family sport of water skiing, including operating the first ski school on Lake Marble Falls.

In high school, he played basketball and made the regional tennis finals his senior year.

Even then, he was a strong advocate for the community, as he organized a “van blockade” to protest the poor road conditions of the school’s driveway (while he was taking the punishment, the driveway was then repaired!).

After graduating in 1983, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Le Tourneau University.

He worked at Mansfield ISD, was a director of the Texas Association of School Boards in Austin, and was a senior director of the Marriott Corporation.

Over the past 30 years and in partnership with his wife and father, Rick has served over 400 public school districts and counties through the family business, Edwards Risk Management, Inc.

His love for education prompted him to run for the Marble Falls ISD School Board in 2009.

With only a brief hiatus, Rick served in this capacity for the rest of his life. All the while he enjoyed reading, praying, running with his dogs, and flying airplanes.

Rick was defined by his passions. He was passionate about his family. He adored his wife Kim, whom he had loved since his youth, and the life they built.

They married on May 30, 1987, Kim’s birthday.

He was so proud of his two sons, of Collin’s career as a pilot, and of Jared’s accomplishments as a student. And his parents were never far from his thoughts as he honored and served them.

Rick loved his friends and family deeply and cherished all the memories he and Kim had made with them, whether traveling far away or just hanging out at the ranch or the lake.

He was also passionate about his community, primarily the work of schools in the lives of children. He believed in investing in the well-being of children as individual human beings with hopes and dreams, and in the systems that promote security and intellectual achievement.

Rick greatly enjoyed his work with the school board and the work of making Marble Falls one of the best places to live and raise children.

He served with the vision: “Children are the living message we send to a time we may not see. Rick was also passionate about the outdoors. It thrived in nature.

When his cup was empty, God used the environment to fill his empty cup.

Hunting, water sports or just sitting around an open fire nurtured him emotionally and spiritually. Rick was also passionate about his career.

He loved the people he worked with, seeing them as part of his extended family. For him, business was not about accumulating profits, but rather about meeting the needs of others through lasting relationships and partnerships.

First and foremost, Rick was passionate about the Lord, and it’s impossible to understand Rick without acknowledging the role his faith had in everything he did.

He served as a deacon in Fellowship Baptist Church, volunteered in children’s ministries, and contributed as a key leader in administrative ministries.

For Rick, these passions were all woven together into the fabric of his all-too-short life. These were not individual pursuits but linked by love.

Rick was greatly influenced by his grandmother, Euda Raley, who lived to be 105, and in a note he wrote to himself last year, long before his illness, he said listed the main influences on him: God, people, Brother Max Copeland and Charles Hundley. He also referenced insights, stemming from his unwavering faith, in this note: They will know we are Christians by our love, He will become more and I will become less, Find your calling and let your light shine.

These are ideals Rick would want us to think about when we consider his life and work.

Rick is survived by his wife, Kim; son Collin and fiancé Shauni Prihoda and Jared; parents Jerry and Carolyn; brother Russ and his wife Barbara, their sons Tucker and Jordan; in-laws Dayton and Merlene Houy; aunt Patty Raley; aunt Chris Goddard and her husband Vance; and many other family members as well as those he called family.

As a final gift to the world, Rick donated his organs and blessed others with hope and life on Mother’s Day. Giving was part of her nature and therefore, in lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made in her name to the Highland Lakes Crisis Network, Marble Falls Education Foundation or Fellowship Baptist Church of Marble Falls.

A celebration of Rick’s life will be held on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. at Marble Falls High School Auditorium, 2101 Mustang Dr., Marble Falls, Texas. Online condolences can be made at: www.clementswilcoxfuneralhome.com.

Helen L. Cuellar