Austin Charles McLane

November 12, 1939 ~ January 15, 2021 (age 81)


A.C."Mac" McLane was born on November 12th, 1939 in Anderson, South Carolina to Harold and Annette (nee Burch) McLane. In 1958, he joined the United States Air Force and was a crash firefighter. In 1959 he was stationed at Homestead Airforce Base where he met and married Davene Trowell. After they welcomed their first child David, he was stationed in Sidi Slimane, Morocco for a year. After his year tour abroad, he returned to the United States and worked briefly for Sealtest Dairies before joining the Tampa Police Department in 1963. His second child Kimberly was born in 1978. Mac rose through the ranks and eventually became Chief of Police for TPD in 1987. He retired in 1991 as Chief for TPD, but still held his love of law enforcement in his heart. This love drove him to apply and eventually accept the position as Chief of Police for Augusta Police Department 1991. He remained with the Augusta Police Department until the city of Augusta consolidated with Richmond County. He then was a Chief Deputy with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office until leaving for the Columbia County Sheriff's Office in 1999. There he was a fraud investigator until finally retiring from law enforcement in 2011. Along with his illustrious career in law enforcement, he taught various law enforcement courses as an associate professor at Augusta University. Mac entered into rest on Friday January 15th, 2020 after a short stint with pancreatic cancer. Mac will be remembered by his family and friends as an avid storyteller, jokester, and trusted friend. He is survived by his wife of 62 years Davene, his son David (wife Phen), his daughter Kimberly, his grandsons Ryan and Brent McLane (David), his sister Ann Kirner, and brother Robert McLane (wife Diane), and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins. In lieu of flowers, his family asks for donations to be made to the American Cancer Society or Regency Southerncare Hospice of Augusta, Georgia. A celebration of his life will be held Friday January 22, 2021 from 1:00 until 3:00 PM at the funeral home.

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January 22, 2021

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Thomas L. King Funeral Home and Cremation Service
124 Davis Rd.
Martinez, GA 30907

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