Martin Dies, Jr

Martin Dies, Jr

Birth
Hunt County, Texas, USA
Death 14 May 2001 (aged 79)
Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas, USA
Burial Lufkin, Angelina County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 67448301 · View Source
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Martin Dies, Jr., was born Dec. 21, 1921, in Hunt County, Texas, the eldest son of U. S. Congressman Martin Dies, Sr. and Myrtle McAdams Dies.

Judge Dies grew up and was educated in Orange, Texas and Washington, D.C., later attending the University of Virginia and receiving a BS degree from Stephen F. Austin University in 1942.

When the United States entered World War II, he volunteered for the U. S. Navy as an apprentice seaman. He was chosen to attend Midshipman's Officers Candidate School at Columbia University in New York City, and while there was chosen Commander of the Third Battalion. Upon graduation, he was presented with a Gold Sword by the Chief of Naval Personnel, as the outstanding member of the Battalion. He was a officer aboard the U.S.S. Richard W. Seusens, Destroyer Escort, in the Pacific Theatre. He saw extensive Naval combat, including the Phillippine and Okinawa campaigns and received numerous medals and citations.

Following the war, Judge Dies completed his legal education at Southern Methodist University law School in 1947, where he was named a member of the Barristers.

In 1946 he married Ruth Marie White of Lufkin. In 1948 he practiced law in Lufkin with the firm Dies, Anderson and Dies.

In 1959 Judge Dies was elected to the Texas Senate from the Third Senatorial Distric. During eight years in the senate he chaired many important committees.

On Jan. 23, 1969, Judge Dies was sworn in as Secretary of State of Texas.

In Sept. 1971, he became Chief Justice of the Ninth Court of Appeals in Beaumont where he served with distinction, until his retirement on Aug. 31, 1989. From 1973-1980, he served on the Texas Judicial Council.

Following a brief illness, Judge Dies died in Beaumont, Texas, on May 14, 2001 at the age of 79.

Survivors:
wife, Ruth Dies
Daughter, Dianne Dies Schoch and son-in-law, Dr. Eugene P. Schoch III of Austin
Sons, Martin W. Dies and David Dies, attorneys of Orange, Texas and their wives Sharon Dies and Shelby Dies
Brother, Jack Dies, attorney of Austin and his wife Zelda Dies
Grandchildren, Bethany Dies, Erin Dies, David Robinson Dies, Sharon Schoch, Stephanie Schoch, Lauren Dies and Patrick Dies.

Judge Dies is remembered as a man of great courage, the highest moral and ethical standards and above all, compassion for others. He will be missed by all those who knew and loved him.

Services were held at Claybar Funeral Home, Lufkin, Texas on May 18, 2001 with burial in the Garden of Memories Memorial Park in Lufkin, Texas


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  • Created by: Carmelita Andrews Rhodes
  • Added: 25 Mar 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 67448301
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Martin Dies, Jr (21 Dec 1921–14 May 2001), Find A Grave Memorial no. 67448301, citing Garden of Memories Cemetery, Lufkin, Angelina County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Carmelita Andrews Rhodes (contributor 47292440) .