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Hammel, Dr. David

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January 1, 1938 - July 2, 2015

Hammel, Dr. David

Dr. David Hammel, long-time resident and former Mayor of Parker, Texas, passed away peacefully on July 2, 2015.  He was born in Waverly, Iowa, on January 1, 1938, and raised on the family’s farm.  David is preceded in death by his parents, Wanda McDonald Hammel and Fred Hammel, and his brother, Gene Hammel. David is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Genie Hammel, their son, Scott Hammel, his wife Lisa and their son, Christopher; daughter, Kristen Hammel Amen, her husband Matt and their children Hallie and Colby; daughter Lisa Hammel Fogle, her husband Eric and their children Zachary and Emily; brother, Michael Hammel, sister-in-law Ronna and their children; sister-in-law, Carolyn and their children; and his faithful dog, Buddy the Boxer, and his horses.

David received his Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, and Ph.D. in Engineering, all from the University of Arizona, and served as a 1st Lieutenant in the Air Force.  He worked for Kennecott Copper Company in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Morrison-Knudsen, in Boise Idaho, before moving to Texas where he worked for Phillips Coal Company and retired after 20 years.

David was a long-time member of Plano Rotary Club, Board Chair for CITY House, member of the Collin County Youth Charity Advisory Board and the Collin County Planning Board, served as a City Council member and Mayor of the City of Parker, and served as a Trustee for Collin College.  He also worked on the Governor’s Task Force to develop energy policy for Texas.

Besides his wife and family, David’s love was his horse breeding farm, Wind Dream Arabians. His horses brought him great joy and won many honors, including U.S. and Canadian National Championships.

Please join us in sharing our precious memories of our beloved David at a memorial service celebrating his life at 2:00pm on July 12, 2015, at the Unity Church of Dallas, 6525 Forest Lane. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Collin College Foundation or the Alzheimer’s Association.


Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service & Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road, Dallas, Texas 75252

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Patti (from yoga)

July 19, 2015 8:56AM


I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm praying that you, and your family find support with each other, from friends and in the arms of our loving God.

Arlene Horrigan

July 13, 2015 1:47PM

Dear Genie and family, we know Gods loving arms around you all.

Sandy Gillman

July 10, 2015 8:19AM

My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I only knew David through Genie but felt the love he had for his family.

Nancy Dorsey

July 07, 2015 8:02PM

My love and prayers go to all the family. I will remember David for his kind loving spirit, his great conversations and his fantastic legacy--his family. love to all, Nancy

Rudolf Dankwort

July 06, 2015 6:47PM

My condolences and best wishes go to Dr. Hammel's family in this difficult time. I am sorry never to have had the privilege of meeting him.

(My late wife Kathryn was the youngest sister of Lisa Fogle's father-in-law Don).

Don Powell

July 06, 2015 6:40PM

Some of fondest memories of living in Parker for the last 30 years were the hours I watched David's masterful skill in officiating public hearings and executive sessions. His class and grace cannot be overstated. The City of Parker is a wonderful place to live today in large part due to David's wisdom and perseverance.
My best to the Hammel Family. May God bless and comfort each of you.

Cary Israel

July 06, 2015 11:58AM

I was saddened to hear about the passing of David. He was an exceptional servant leader who had a profound impact on our community and Collin College. He will be missed!
May G-d comfort family, friends, and colleagues. May his soul be elevated. With prayer and mourning, Cary

Jennifer Bost

July 06, 2015 11:10AM

Kristen & family,
My deepest sympathy to you and the rest of your family. May God bless you and many friends comfort you during this difficult time.
Jennifer Bost

Jeff Flanigan

July 06, 2015 9:38AM

Thoughts and Prayers to your family.

Kim Stepniak(yoga class)

July 06, 2015 9:23AM

I never had the privilege of knowing your husband, but if he captured your heart he must have been very special. I am truely sorry for your loss.

Chuck & Barbara Fleischer

July 04, 2015 3:52PM

We are thinking about you with our hearts....and remembering you in our prayers. ♥ Chuck & Barbara