In Memory: William Devereux Klapp, my dad

I have been neglecting my blog again under a big cloud of sadness.

After a crazy scramble, I got into San Antonio late Monday, April 16 and my dear, beautiful, talented and kind Papa died the following day. I miss him more everyday. As spring creeps in around here – I keep wanting to show him some tiny, beautiful spring bloom that he would appreciate with me.

Papa with his stylish 1940s mama.

young artist at work

artist at play

self portrait

Me waking my sleepy dad up with a kiss

Papa holding my sister next to my mom’s drying pots

Papa there to catch my wee’un for her first joyful step.

Papa gardening with my lil’ farmer.

And my dad and mom enjoying some TX sun last year.

Time is short – but “Love has no age, no limit; and no death.” John Galsworthy


  • May 12, 2018

    Marcia Cooke

    So very sorry for your loss, Lisa!

    • July 30, 2019


      I was so lucky and honored to know your parents as an art student. Their wonderful view of this life has shaped me. I am still creating something original every day.

  • July 30, 2019


    Saddened Anne compelled to paint.

  • December 15, 2020

    Bruno Mattiello

    Hello My name is Bruno Mattiello and I was once a student of your dads and mom. Over the years we lost touch. I was sad to hear about your dads passing. He was a great artist and a wonderful teacher. If possible could you pass my email information to Nancy if you could?
    I would love to hear from her!

    Thank you,


  • March 7, 2022

    Anna Crowe

    Nancy do t know it you well read this but bill lived upstairs from my parents and made snowmen in what little bet of snow we had maybe that was his first structure but we still have the Crowe that he made for Dad Crowe photographer it sit in nc