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D.V. Hammond
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 • Posted July 20, 2011

Donald Vincent (“Jennie”) Hammond, 92, passed away peacefully Thursday, July 7, 2011. Jennie was born on September 16, 1918, in Burnet to Eva (Darby) and Fielding Hammond. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Darby and “Mac”.Hammond is a descendant of one of the pioneer families of Burnet County. Except for 4 years service in the Air Force and college, Jennie has lived in Burnet all of his life. He attended public school in Burnet, graduating in 1936 as Valedictorian of his class. He was a member of the Burnet High School football team and one year was elected as All-District Center.His Freshman year in college was spent at Southwestern University in Georgetown. The balance of his undergraduate work was at the University of Texas at Austin where he received his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree and passed the Bar in 1949.He practiced law with his father in the Burnet law firm of Hammond & Hammond and later James Herbort joined the firm and he partnered with James for seven years. He was elected District Judge of the 33rd Judicial District of Texas. After serving two terms as District Judge, he retired in 1984. Since retirement, he served as a Senior District Judge in various courts in Texas.Hammond was a member of the American and Texas Bar Foundation and belonged to the American Judicature Society. While in college, he was a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity and was a life member of Valley Lodge 175, the Masonic Lodge in Burnet. In his youth, he was a Boy Scout, attaining the rank of Life Scout. Hammond was a member of the State Bar College. He also was a member and President of Burnet-Williamson Counties Opportunities. He also served on the Board of Directors of Burnet County Hospital and Burnet County Library. He was recognized in Houston as Texas’ most Fair Judge.Jennie is survived by a dear friend and companion of 55 years, Charley Dagher, his sister-in-law, Peggy Hammond of Burnet, her daughters, Charlotte Wilson and husband Denis of Katy, Texas, Theresa Scherer and husband Butch of Katy, Texas, and Becky Buttery and husband William of Llano, Texas. He is also survived by great-nephew, Taylor Scherer of Houston, Texas, great-niece, Eva Scherer Jaco husband Randy and great-great-nephew, Tyler Jaco of Katy, Texas. He also is survived by three nieces, Patty Williams of Houston, Texas, Anne Stuard and Donna Jo Lane of Austin.Judge Hammond was named Burnet’s Honor Citizen by the Burnet Community Center in 1997. He played an active role in the Burnet community and was instrumental in a large amount of money from the Galloway Estate towards the construction of the Galloway Hammond Recreation Center. He was a valuable asset to our community for a long time, and with this contribution of funds, he once again demonstrated his love for the Burnet area and his devotion to his fellow citizens.The family would like to thank Dr. Robert Graves and staff of Seton Highland Lakes Hospital as well as Country Oaks Assisted Living and staff plus members living there now.A memorial service will be held at the Burnet Presbyterian Church on Friday, July 22, 2011, at 11:00. A private burial will follow at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Burnet. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to the Burnet Presbyterian Church, Burnet County Library or the charity of your choice. Please offer condolences to Arrangements made by Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home Burnet, Texas.

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