Tribute to a servant… Jim Richard
By LeaAnne Klentzman
The skies cleared and the rain stopped Tuesday afternoon as Fort Bend County paid tribute to Judge Jim Richard Jr. celebrating his life, his commitment to his family, and his service to his country and community.
James Enos Richard, Jr., passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, after a long and valiant fight with brain cancer. His life exemplified his commitment to serve his family and community.
Jim was a graduate of Strake Jesuit High School, The University of Texas and the University Of Houston School Of Law. His commitment to community was evident early when he became an Eagle Scout. He continued that commitment by serving his country as a JAG Prosecutor in the Army reaching the rank of Major. He did 6 years of active duty followed by the Army Reserves and Texas National Guard for over 20 years.
Jim followed his military JAG service by joining the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office as a prosecutor until he was elected Justice of the Peace for Precinct 4 in 1998. He continued to serve Fort Bend County as Justice of the Peace until his death. His approach to the legal system has been called no-nonsense. He spent until hours dealing with juveniles and their truancy and teen issues with a fair and reasonable approach.
Jim Richard was a kind and gentle man with a deep personal faith who was devoted to his family. He leaves behind his wife of 17 years Laura Jenne Richard, daughters Mary Catherine (Katie), Margaret Frances (Maggie) and son James Enos, III (Trey), as well as his brother Mark Richard and family, of Missouri City.
Jim Richard will be missed, as a father, friend, and public servant.
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