H.R. No. 1211

WHEREAS, The family and friends of former El Paso mayor Thomas D. Westfall were deeply saddened by his passing on March 8, 2005, at the age of 77; and WHEREAS, During his tenure as mayor from 1979 to 1981, Mr. Westfall became known for his honest and direct manner and his genuine dedication to the betterment of the community; he brought to his office a wealth of experience, having served in the Marines during World War II, earned a law degree from the University of Illinois, and spent a career working for the federal government; and WHEREAS, Mr. Westfall was employed for 26 years as a special agent and executive for the FBI, and following his retirement from the bureau in 1970, he moved to El Paso, where he became involved in politics; and WHEREAS, A valued contributor to civic life, this dedicated public servant was active in numerous organizations during his time in Texas, including the El Paso County Historical Society, the El Paso Archaeological Society, the El Paso Museum of Art, and the Downtown Rotary Club of El Paso, and he also played a key role in the founding of the El Paso Archaeological Museum; and WHEREAS, Although Tom Westfall will long be missed, his achievements in the public sector will continue to resonate through the years, for he made a host of positive contributions to the greater community; now, therefore, be it RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 79th Texas Legislature hereby pay tribute to the life of Thomas D. Westfall and extend sincere sympathy to the members of his family: to his wife, Margie Westfall; to his daughter, Rebecca Dale Westfall; to his grandchildren; and to his other family members and friends; and, be it further RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be prepared for the members of his family and that when the Texas House of Representatives adjourns this day, it do so in memory of Thomas D. Westfall. Chavez ______________________________ Speaker of the House I certify that H.R. No. 1211 was unanimously adopted by a rising vote of the House on April 29, 2005. ______________________________ Chief Clerk of the House