Max Bear Engram


Max Bear Engram
Max Bear Engram

The world lost a great man and a great laugh on July 17, 2021, with the untimely passing of Max Bear Engram. Max was born on January 9, 1983, to Sandy and Kim Engram in Amarillo, Texas, where he spent his childhood, graduating from Amarillo High School in 2002, before getting a degree in Political Science from his beloved Texas A&M in 2007. He spent the remainder of his life in Austin. Max married Bethany Hughes of Barrington, Rhode Island on August 31, 2018.

While some knew him as Max and some knew him as Bear, the one thing everyone who knew him has in common is that they wanted to be in his presence as often as possible. A genuine affability, an irreplicable laugh, and a completely unpredictable wit, a moment with Max was a memory made; he had a heartfelt way of engaging with people that made you feel like you mattered.

With a mind like a Mad Lib, Max will indefinitely be remembered for his trademark turns of phrase that were simultaneously nonsensical and yet, from Max, made perfect sense; sayings so unexpected they’re unforgettable, and anyone who knew him can rattle off a handful of favorites without pause.

He loved to fish, college football Saturdays, and dominating a good old-fashioned game of washers. But Max cherished nothing more than family; the one he was born into and the one he built around him along the way. Because that was the thing about Max, once he was in your life, he would forever have a place in it. You wanted him to be a part of everything, because he made everything just a little bit better, jollier, and of course, more quotable.

There will never be another like Max and this world will never be quite the same, but we can all honor his memory by living his mantra: You’ve got to take the time to take the time.

Gig’em and God bless.

Max is survived by his wife Bethany of Austin; his parents, Kim Engram of Austin, and Sandy Engram of Amarillo; his mother- and father-in-law, Joyce and Greg Hughes of Barrington, RI; his sister Cherri Johnson and husband John of Tallahassee, sister Ginger Inskeep and husband Clark of Amarillo, brother Brad Lee Dennington of Nashville; brother-in-law Scott Hughes and wife, Emily L. Hughes, and brother-in-law Brian Hughes and wife, Emily K. Hughes, all of Barrington, RI; and several nieces and nephews. It would be remiss to not also mention the Key Sanford family, who thought of Max as one of their own.

Services celebrating Max’s life will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, July 23, 2021, at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home, 2800 Paramount Blvd., Amarillo, Texas. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Austin Animal Center, where Max rescued his beloved dog, Tragen.

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25 Replies to “Max Bear Engram”

  1. Hey Buddy, you can´t beleave how sad I am that we will never see us again in this live. But I am so happy that you have shared so many moments of your journey with me. We meet in 2008 over our GF’s. You introduced me as german in the texas way of live. That was one of a kind form me! You got me a Texas flagg and a picture from the capitaol as I leaved TX. When I came back, you got me pair of you boots and gave me a home for me and my german buddys David and Andrew in 2012. Over the years in 08‘ 12‘ 14‘ 16‘ 18‘ and 19‘ You meet a lot of germans like my parents, my sister, Marit, Kai, David, Andrew and my love Ines with my son little Max. We all will miss you and keep you in our memorys… But we will also see you again someday. I’m so happy and thankful to be a part of your life! Cheers Buddy!!! We will thake the time to thake the time….
    Al my prayers with the family and friends.

  2. Never a time I was w you and didn’t enjoy it. Rest In Peace my man. You know we loved shrimp and grits and all the pimp shit!!!!!!!!!

  3. Words can’t express how we feel about Bear’s untimely passing. Bear had one of those personalities that you couldn’t help but notice his presence, he always lit up the room. Our deepest condolences to the family and friends. God bless.

  4. Bethany, We are both so sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  5. Kim , I am so sorry ,. This is something a parent shouldn’t ever have to go through. Prayers for you and your family . With God’s help and your wonderful memories built carry you through.

  6. Bear you know I was always in your corner I will always remember visiting you and Bethany in Austin and you taking the time to pull out all your grandma’s quilt and tell me about each one. You asked me to pick one to take home with me but I couldn’t take one from you, now I wish I had. I thank you for sharing your wonderful Tragen with me a true love. I feel blessed to of shared time with you.

  7. Beautiful service for Max Bear Engram. We met Max through our nephew and cousin Bryce Ray. Max was always so kind, present and engaging with our family any time our paths crossed. May the Lord grant his family and friends strength in the coming days.

  8. I’ll never forget the joy and fun Bear brought to every get together and gathering with family and friends. Guy and I loved the time we all spent together and we’re grateful to have known you, Bear. Rest In Peace, our friend. We’ll be watching some college football in your honor. Gig’em.

  9. Our deepest sympathy to Bethany and all of Bear’s family and loved ones. We enjoyed meeting him and experiencing his warm sense of humor . He will always be missed.

  10. Bear was an amazing man, with many talents. Lucky to call him a friend. Rest easy big fella.


  11. We are so blessed to have known you Bear. Always ready with a laugh and a twirl – you will be missed. Sending love to all his loved ones, especially to Bethany.

  12. I remember being introduced to Bear in 2015. He treated me like a friend from the second I met him. Bear introduced me to Austin and the world of politics, helping me secure my first job. Here soon, I’ll be completing my law degree, and I don’t think I ever would have been where I’m currently at if it were not for Bear’s kindness and his willingness to help a stranger.

    I know he will be missed dearly by all.

  13. Bethany I am sending you my sympathies, love and hugs during this difficult time. We will continue to send positive thoughts and vibes your way!!! Debbie Colasanti


    Oh you had it all
    Just like Bogie and Bacall
    The star of your own late show
    Sailing away to Key Largo

    Yes, Max, to us you were blessed
    Looks, charm, among all the rest.
    Your “Bear” beacon beamed, and boy did she glow,
    included all comers, all welcome you know.
    A warm center to gather, Max’s fireside show.
    So, forever over Austin, the sunsets remind
    the way of Max Engram, to love and be kind.

    “Here’s lookin’ at you kid
    missing all the things we did
    we can find it once again, I know
    just like they did in Key Largo.”

    (A few lines by songwriter, Bertie Higgins)

  15. Our hearts are breaking for you all. Losing a child/sibling must be the hardest thing ever. Scott and I are praying for Holy Spirits comfort, peace, and presence to be with you today. Love you.

  16. Bear was an amazing individual that I had the pleasure of meeting and becoming friends. He was kind, forgiving, loving, helpful, fun, and handsome! I am so happy our paths crossed! It will always bring a smile to my face when I think of Bear! xxoo Susie

  17. We are praying for the whole family. May God’s hands hold you all up and comfort you. My whole family is grieving the loss of Max, but I realize that now he is at peace, and can witness the heavens.

    The David Ray family

  18. Such a sweet and wonderful man. Bear will be missed in the medical community as well as being a great friend. Sending lots of thoughts and prayers to the family!

  19. We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Max. We are all praying for God to give you the strength you need and to carry you through the days ahead. We love each of you and are so very sorry for your pain.

  20. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    May God speed your healing and brighten all of your loving memories.

    1. Kim, I am so sorry to hear this. Matt’s and my heart hurt for your loss of a wonderful son.
      God Bless you and your family.
      God Bless Max.
      Our prayers

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