86R26227 BPG-D
  By: Harris H.R. No. 1235
         WHEREAS, Residents of East Texas lost an admired jurist with
  the death of the Honorable Bascom William Bentley III on December
  11, 2017, at the age of 66; and
         WHEREAS, The son of Dr. Bascom Bentley Jr. and Kelly Bentley,
  Bascom Bentley was born on March 27, 1951; he grew up with a sister,
  Belle, and a brother, Newell; after attending Palestine High
  School, he completed his bachelor's degree at The University of
  Texas at Austin and went on to graduate from the University of
  Houston Law Center in 1976; he married the former Carol Swift, and
  they were blessed with four children, Bonnie, Bascom, Hunter, and
  Matthew; later in life, he experienced the joy of welcoming into his
  family a granddaughter, Scarlett; and
         WHEREAS, Judge Bentley was appointed Palestine city attorney
  in 1977, and he went on to serve Anderson County as county attorney
  and court at law judge; in 1989, he was appointed as the first judge
  of the newly created 369th District Court, and he fulfilled the
  duties of that position with distinction until his retirement in
  2017; serious but unpretentious, he knew when to introduce levity
  to the proceedings, and he was a mentor to many; he taught at
  Trinity Valley Community College for 37 years and served on the
  faculty of the Texas Center for the Judiciary; in addition, he was a
  member of the Texas College for New Judges and president of the
  Anderson County Bar Association; and
         WHEREAS, Deeply committed to his community, Judge Bentley
  benefited many charitable organizations and served as president of
  the United Way of East/Central Texas, Salvation Army, and Red
  Cross; he was a lifelong member of the First Christian Church of
  Palestine, where he was chair of the board and taught the Judge EV
  Swift Men's Bible Study; among numerous honors, he received the
  Citizen of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Awards from the
  Palestine Area Chamber of Commerce and the Outstanding Local Leader
  Award from the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute and
  The University of Texas; and
         WHEREAS, Bascom Bentley earned the respect and admiration of
  innumerable people over the course of his long career in public
  service, and those who were privileged to know him will forever
  cherish their memories of his warmth, kindness, and wonderful sense
  of humor; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 86th Texas
  Legislature hereby pay tribute to the life of Bascom William
  Bentley III and extend sincere sympathy to all who mourn his
  passing; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for his family and that when the Texas House of
  Representatives adjourns this day, it do so in memory of Judge
  Bascom William Bentley III.