The honorable Dolph Briscoe Jr. of Uvalde, rancher, banker and former governor of Texas from 1972 through 1978, passed away quietly at his home in Uvalde Sunday at the age of 87.
Funeral services are scheduled Thursday at 10 a.m. at St. Philip's Episcopal Church in Uvalde with a reception following at Uvalde Country Club, located at 407 E. Garden St.
One of the most beloved public officials ever to serve the people of Texas, Briscoe's support of all things beneficial to Texas and its people is broadly known throughout the state. Among those efforts were the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio, UT Austin, and numerous beneficial projects and causes in Uvalde including the Kate Marmion Cancer Treatment Center at the Uvalde Memorial Hospital. Numerous other programs and projects for our state received his support and interest.
His most notable achievements in public office were shepherding to approval the farm-to-market road system of our state, and leading the successful effort to eradicate the screwworm plague in Texas cattle.
Most importantly, as governor, he led this state with fiscal responsibility and a balanced budget with no new taxes during his two terms as governor.
Governor Briscoe is survived by three children, Janey Briscoe Marmion and husband, Jim, Dolph Briscoe III and wife, Jill, and Cele Briscoe Carpenter and husband, John; five grandchildren, Dolph Briscoe IV, Leigh Briscoe, Benjamin Carpenter and wife, Mackenzie, Austin Carpenter and Bonner Carpenter.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 58 years, First Lady Janey Briscoe; and his granddaughter, Kate Marmion.