Father of Austin bombing victim is veteran of Texas state government


The father of one of the two men who were injured Sunday evening in an explosion in Southwest Austin is an administrator at the Texas Department of Agriculture and has worked at several state agencies, according to his LinkedIn profile.

William A. “Butch” Grote Jr. is the chief information officer for Department of Agriculture. He has previously worked at the Texas Department of Transportation and the Texas Facilities Commission.

His son Will Grote is in “good condition” at St. David’s South Austin Medical Center, a spokeswoman for the hospital said, after being injured during the fourth explosion to hit an Austin residential neighborhood this month.

Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller did not respond to requests for comment Monday.

Colton Mathes, the other man injured in Sunday’s explosion, is also in good condition, according to the hospital. The pair appear to have been going to or from the Grote household, which is near where the blast occurred.

Authorities have not yet named Will Grote and Mathes as the victims, but Julia Thompson, who went to high school with both men and is a family friend of the Grotes, spoke with the American-Statesman on Monday and identified them.



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