87S30857 JRI-D
  By: Darby H.R. No. 146
         WHEREAS, Residents of San Angelo lost a beloved community
  leader with the passing of Byron E. Cleere on October 4, 2021, at
  the age of 89; and
         WHEREAS, Born in Alice on July 4, 1932, "Sonny" Cleere was the
  youngest of four children born to Buford and Myrtle Cleere; a
  standout in football and track at Alice High School, he earned a
  scholarship to Abilene Christian University; as a Wildcat, he was
  captain of the football team and anchored the offensive line as a
  guard on a number of talented squads; among his many accolades, he
  earned All-Conference and All-American honors; and
         WHEREAS, In 1954, Mr. Cleere was drafted by the Chicago
  Bears, but his career came to an end when he sustained injuries
  during a hunting accident; he then coached and taught social
  studies for a decade at Ozona High School; and
         WHEREAS, Mr. Cleere subsequently moved to San Angelo, where
  he enjoyed a successful career as owner of the Meadows, Fisher &
  Cleere Insurance company; highly respected in the community, he was
  a founding member of the Back the Badge organization and was
  instrumental in launching the July 4th Pops Concert and Fireworks
  show and the annual San Angelo Support for Veterans Hunt; known for
  his rich baritone, he served as the "voice of San Angelo" for 38
  years as announcer at San Angelo Central High School football
  games; in 2003, he was named the San Angelo Citizen of the Year by
  the San Angelo Chamber of Commerce; and
         WHEREAS, In all his endeavors, Mr. Cleere benefited from the
  love and support of his wife, the former Claudia Ketner, and he took
  great pride in his four children, Kirk, Ned, Penny, and Courtney
  Paige; with the passing years, his family grew to include eight
  grandchildren, Jabyn, Jewel, Camille, Claire, Caroline, Sophia,
  Victoria, and the late Byron Dixon Cleere; a man of deep faith, he
  rose early each morning for Bible study, and he inspired others with
  his integrity and generosity; and
         WHEREAS, Sonny Cleere was a force for good in his community
  and a dear friend to many, and he will forever be remembered with
  deep admiration by all those who were fortunate enough to know him;
  now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 87th Texas
  Legislature, 3rd Called Session, hereby pay tribute to the memory
  of Byron E. Cleere and extend sincere condolences to the members of
  his family: to his wife, Claudia Cleere; to his children, Kirk
  Cleere and his wife, Patsy, Ned Munoz and his wife, Tammy, Penny
  Cleere, and Courtney Paige Fajkus and her husband, Gregg; to his
  grandchildren, Jabyn and Jewel Cleere, Camille, Claire, and
  Caroline Fajkus, and Sophia and Victoria Munoz; to his sister,
  Willodean Ellis; and to his other relatives and friends; and, be it
         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 Sonny