Died in Dallas, Texas on Monday, May 8 2017 at 4:44am after a short but courageous battle with leukemia. He was born on February 13, 1932 in Houston, Texas at the Harrisburg Clinic. The only child of Arthur Abraham Sommerfield and Lois Burnett Sommerfield, he grew up in Hillsboro, Texas and graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1949. He then attended the University of Texas where he earned his B.A. in 1953. In 1955 he married his beloved wife of 62 years, Jean Orr Dean. He went on to law school at SMU where he earned his L.L.B. in 1962.
He began his career with Safeco Insurance Company after graduating from UT. After earning his law degree at SMU, he served as an officer of several privately owned mortgage banking and land title insurance companies in Dallas. Later he became an officer of several Texas savings and loan associations, a partner in a Dallas casualty insurance agency, licensed real estate broker in New Mexico and retired from a solo law practice in Dallas.
He had a passion for golf which he began playing at age 14. He belonged to various golf clubs in Dallas and Alto, New Mexico and during the last few years served as a volunteer marshal at Tenison Park golf course in Dallas. He was a long time member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Dallas where he had served in the Vestry and as Senior Warden.
He is survived by his wife Jean Sommerfield, sons Jack Dean Sommerfield and Blake Burnett Sommerfield, grandchildren Lauren Leigh Sommerfield and her fiancé, Joey Savoie, Jordan Alicia Sommerfield and Jack Tanner Sommerfield, and great grandchild Jaxson Christopher Trevino.
He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend to many. He will be missed by all.
A Memorial Service will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Dallas, TX. Details are pending
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