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There is a vehicle mechanic's foreclosure procedure allowed under Texas law, which you can read about here: http://texaslawtoday.com/2013/05/20/texas-vehicle-mechanics-lien-foreclosure-process/
However, since it sounds like you've had the vehicle for more than 30 days, and since he is deceased, that process may not be available......and instead.......you may have to sue in JP court. If he has deceased, you'd have to sue his estate for the money or to obtain a default if the estate representative doesn't respond.
It could be possible to claim that the vehicle has been abandoned and go through that process, which you can read about here: http://codes.lp.findlaw.com/txstatutes/TN/7/H/683/C
However, that still requires notice to the owner.......so you're going to need to send notice to the deceased person's estate representative or next of kin.....or force the estate to be opened.
The only other alternative would be to have the vehicle towed by the police and then buy it back at the auction......then sell it for your repair costs and purchase price.