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Daffan, Ted, 84; country-western songwriter who wrote “Born to Lose” in early 1940s; in Houston, Oct. 6, 1996.

Dale, Allan, 84; dean of San Antonio talk radio and one of founders of nationwide phenomenon in the 1950s; in Florida, Jan. 14, 1997.

Daniel, Bill, 90; member of prominent political family; former legislator appointed governor of Guam in 1961; in Liberty, June 20, 2006.

Daniel, Jean Houston Baldwin, 86; descendant of Sam Houston and widow of former U.S. Senator and Gov. Price Daniel; in Liberty, Dec. 14, 2002.

Daniel, Neil, 64; professor of English at Texas Christian University for 30 years; community leader in Fort Worth’s Ryan Place neighborhood; in Fort Worth, Sept. 21, 1996.

Daniels, King David, 83; teacher for 36 years and civic leader in Grand Prairie; Dec. 18, 1996.

Danoff, Bettye, 88; one of the 13 founding members of the LPGA, won first golfing championships in Dallas in late 1940s; in McKinney, Dec. 22, 2011.

Davis, Ann B., 88; character actress best known as the housekeeper on The Brady Bunch, also The Bob Cummings Show; in San Antonio, where she moved in 1996, on June 1, 2014.

Davis, Lyle, 91; musician and pianist who arranged music for some of Walt Disney’s earliest films; in Dallas, March 28, 1996.

Davis, Priscilla, 59; the one-time millionaire socialite involved in a famous 1976 murder case; she survived the attack that killed two others in her Fort Worth mansion; from cancer, in Dallas, Feb. 19, 2001.

Dealey, Doris Carolyn Russell, 85, Dallas civic figure and widow of former Belo Corp. CEO Joe M. Dealey; Jan. 19, 2005.

Dealey, Joe. M., 75; former president and publisher of The Dallas Morning News; in Dallas, April 7, 1995.

Dealey, Trudie Lewellen, 91; widow of former Dallas Morning News publisher E.M. “Ted” Dealey. The Mount Pleasant native died in Dallas, Aug. 13, 1995.

Dealey, Walter Allen Jr., 83; grandson of Dallas Morning News founder George Bannerman Dealey, an executive at the newspaper who became a Presbyterian minister; in Terrell, March 1999.

Dean, Jimmy, 81; country singer raised in Plainview, smash hit “Big Bad John,” hosted variety TV show, entrepreneur known for sausage brand; in Virginia, June 13, 2010.

DeAnda, James, 81; Houston native was former federal judge who in 1954 helped successfully argue the pivotal case that made Hispanics a protected minority class; at his summer home in Michigan, Sept. 7, 2006.

Dr. Michael DeBakey
Michael DeBakey.

DeBakey, Michael E., 99; born Michel Dabaghi to Lebanese immigrants, internationally acclaimed as the father of modern cardiovascular surgery and instrumental in laying the foundation for the Texas Medical Center, beginning in 1949;  in Houston, July 11, 2008.

Decherd, Isabelle Thomason, 81; daughter of prominent Texas politician Robert Ewing Thomason, wife of former chairman of A.H. Belo Corp. H. Ben Decherd, and mother of Dealey Decherd Herndon and Robert W. Decherd, Belo directors; in Austin, Oct. 10, 1998.

DeCicco, Frank, 81; Houston real estate visionary who founded Re/Max of Texas, specializing in selling residential properties; Dec. 18, 2004.

Dedman, Robert H. Sr., 76; philanthropist who built a multibillion-dollar empire of golf clubs and resorts; former chairman of Texas State Highway Commission; in Dallas, Aug. 20, 2002.

Dees, Bill, 73; Borger native who co-wrote “Oh, Pretty Woman” with Roy Orbison in 1964, also wrote “It’s Over,” and songs for Johnny Cash, Lynn Anderson and others; in Mountain  Home, Ark., Oct. 24, 2012.

DeHartog, Jan, 88; Dutch-born author who in the 1960s exposed deplorable conditions at Houston’s Jeff Davis Hospital; wrote Tony-Award winning hit “Fourposter”; in Houston, Sept. 22, 2002.

De la Garza, Eligio “Kika”, 89; longtime Rio Grande Valley congressman from 1965 to 1997; the Democrat served as chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture from 1981 to 1995 where he championed the legislative agenda of farmers and farmworkers; helped found in 1976 the Congressional Hispanic Caucus; descendant of Spanish land grantees was born in Mercedes and raised in Mission; in McAllen, March 13, 2017.

De La O, Jesús “Chuy,” 74; a fixture in El Paso politics, champion of poor and elderly; ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 1981; in El Paso, April 8, 2002.

De La Rosa, Tony, 72, Sarita native, accordionist and bandleader was one of the first to amplify conjunto music and use drums; in Corpus Christi, June 2, 2004.

De La Vina, Gustavo, 70; Edinburg native joined the Border Patrol in 1970 in Eagle Pass, served as chief of the Border Patrol 1997–2004; in the Balkans where he was serving as a private adviser, Oct. 26, 2009.

DeLay, David, 63; while serving three tours in Vietnam the Richardson native became pirate-radio DJ “David Rabbit,” playing rock and roll and blasting the authorities; in Garland, Jan. 20, 2012. 

Dominique de Menil
Dominique de Menil.

De Menil, Dominique, 89; heiress to the Schlumberger oil field service company fortune; world famous art collector, philanthropist and advocate for human rights; in Houston, Dec, 31, 1997.

Denney, Ruth, 92; noted drama educator and founding director in 1971 in Houston of one of the first public high schools devoted to the performing arts; in Austin, March 27, 2007.

Denver, John, 53; singer graduated from Arlington Heights High School, Fort Worth; attended Texas Tech University; wrote songs “Rocky Mountain High” and “Take Me Home, Country Roads”; in a plane crash off California, Oct. 12, 1997.

Devall, Charles, 86; veteran newspaper publisher; in Kilgore, Jan. 28, 1995.

DeYoung, Helen, 81; founder of The Greensheet in Houston in 1970, the tabloid advertiser reached 650,000 circulation and expanded to three other Texas cities; in Houston, March 31, 2010.

Dial, Gilbert “Buddy,” 71; Rice University All-American in late 1950s, All-Pro with Pittsburgh Steelers 1959 to 1963, ended career with Dallas Cowboys; in Houston, Feb. 29, 2008.

Diamond, Tom, 94; El Paso attorney who helped the Tigua Indians of Ysleta acquire federal recognition in 1967; author of two historical novels and a short history of the Tiguas; in El Paso, July 8, 2017.

Diaz, Alfonso Gonzales, 65; handcraft bootmaker recruited from Mexico by San Antonio bootmaker Sam Lucchese where he worked for 23 years; his customers included Lyndon Johnson and John Wayne; Aug. 16, 2003.

Dies, Martin Jr., 79; former state senator, secretary of state and appellate justice; known as “the gentle giant” of the Texas Senate during his tenure 1959 to 1967 representing East Texas; in Beaumont, May 17, 2001.

Dillard, Katherine, 85; journalist, women’s editor of The Dallas Morning News from late 1940s until she retired in 1976; in Albuquerque, N.M., March 7, 1997.

Dillon, David, 68; for 25 years the architecture critic at The Dallas Morning News, considered on of the country’s foremost writers on the subject; in Amherst, Mass., June 3, 2010.

DiNino, Vincent R., 95; legendary director of the University of Texas Longhorn Band beginning in 1955, which previously had been entirely student-run, he built it into the “Showband of the Southwest,” continued involvement with the marching band into the 2010s; in Bay City, Sept. 9, 2014.

Di Portanova, Baron Enrico, 66; renowned jet-setter and grandson of oil magnate Hugh Roy Cullen; hosted benefits in River Oaks home for charities, arts; in Houston, Feb. 28, 2000.

Distin, Vivian Liberto, 71; San Antonio-born first wife of Johnny Cash and mother of singer Rosanne Cash; it was during their 13-year marriage that Cash pledged to remain faithful in "I Walk the Line"; May 24, 2005.

Dixon, Ernest, 73; a retired leader of the United Methodist Church in San Antonio. Bishop Dixon was president of the church’s Council of Bishops 1988 to 1989; in San Antonio, June 29, 1996.

Dixon, Jessy, 73; San Antonio native was nationally known gospel singer, wrote more than 200 songs including 1993 hit “I Am Redeemed;” in Chicago, Sept. 26, 2011.

Doolin, Mary Kathryn Coleman “Kitty,” 89; helped husband build Frito corn-chip empire beginning in 1941 with expansion from Texas to California and nationwide; in Dallas, June 22, 2009.

Doss, Noble, 88; UT Longhorn football legend best known for “Impossible Catch” that upset Texas Aggies in 1940, played for NFL Philadephia Eagles and New York Yankees of All-American Conference; in Austin, Feb. 15, 2009.

Doss, Richard “Dick,” 84; Harris County engineer who coordinated the construction of the Astrodome and was in charge of maintaining the finished structure; in Houston, March 16, 2007.

Doty, Estella Kate Hill, 83; Dallas educator for 42 years, founding trustee of African American Museum at Fair Park; in Dallas, April 2001.

Dowdy, John V., 83; represented East Texas in Congress for more than two decades; in Athens, April 12, 1995.

Dreibrodt, Irving Dingman, 86; founder in 1958 of the Southern Methodist University show band, dubbed “the Best Dressed Band in the Land;” in Dallas, Jan. 22, 2007.

Drossos, Angelo, 68; brought professional basketball to San Antonio as owner of the Spurs for 15 years; in San Antonio, Jan. 9, 1997.

Duckett, J. Fred, 74; public-address announcer for Texas Relays, Rice Owls and at the Astrodome where he started heralding “Jose Cruuuz”; in Houston, June 25, 2007.

Duff, Katharyn, 80; longtime columnist for the Abilene Reporter-News; July 14, 1995.

Duke, James “Red” Jr., 86; Houston physician gained fame for his nationally-syndicated TV spots in his folksy, cowyboy style; was the trauma surgeon who attended Gov. John Connally at Parkland hospital on the day of President Kennedy’s assassination; moved to Houston in 1972 where he founded in the mid-1970s one of the first air ambulance services in the nation; native of Ennis, raised in Hillsboro; in Houston, Aug. 25, 2015.

Duncan, Dan, 77; founded one of the largest energy services companies in the U.S., raised in Center, became Houston’s richest man worth an estimated $9 billion; in Houston, March 29, 2010.

Dunn, Holly, 59; country singer who wrote 1986 hit “Daddy’s Hands”; her 1991 “Maybe I Mean Yes” provoked a national debate about date rape; the song was withdrawn from radio, a move she said she supported; she was born in San Antonio, attended Abilene Christian University; in Albuquerque, Nov. 14, 2016, of cancer.

Dupey, Michael J., 64; considered the founder of arts and crafts superstore concept, started Michaels in Dallas in 1976; in Dallas, May 1, 2010.

duPont, Margaret Osborne, 94; tennis champion of 1940s-50s won six Grand Slam singles, 31 doubles, moved to West Texas in 1965 to breed thoroughbred horses; in El Paso, Oct. 24, 2012.

Duren, Almatris March, 90; was housemother for decades and activist for inclusion of black students at UT-Austin; in Los Angeles, Oct. 13, 2000.

Dyer, A.R. "Happy," 96; Odessa civic leader who helped found the Permian Basin International Oil Show; charter member of the Odessa Chuck Wagon Gang; Feb. 28, 2005.

Dykes, William Taylor “Spike”, 79; legendary Texas Tech football coach 1986–1999; born in Lubbock, grew up in Ballinger; from 1959 to 1971 he was high school coach at Ballinger, Eastland, San Angelo Central, Coahoma, Belton, Big Spring, and Alice; assistant to Darrell Royal at the University of Texas 1971–1976; coached at Midland Lee High School from 1980 to 1983, winning the state championship in 1983; at his Horseshoe Bay home where he had retired, April 10, 2017.




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