John Essary Dees, Jr. of Trinidad passed away May 15, 2020 after a long illness. He was 77 years old. He was born Dec. 8, 1942 in Durham, N.C. to Susan Coons Dees and John Essary Dees both faculty members of Duke University School of Medicine & Physicians at Duke University Medical Center.
John graduated from Deerfield Academy in 1961 and University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 1965. He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD) from Georgetown University Law Center in 1968. After law school he practiced in Baltimore, M.d. before subsequently moving to Dallas to work for LTV. He later became General Counsel of Eppler, Guerin & Turner. He joined Golden, Potts, Boeckman & Wilson as a partner in 1986. He became a solo practitioner at John E Dees, Jr Attorney at Law in 1991. He specialized in business and securities law, arbitration and mediation.
John loved being out in the country. In 1987 he became a gentleman rancher spending weekends in Clifton at Dees Angus Ranch raising angus cattle and riding Arabian horses. He sold the ranch in 1998. Since practicing law required sustained mental concentration, in his recreation time he enjoyed working with his hands. He restored old cars and antique tractors. He also became a skilled woodworker making game tables, jewelry boxes and wood pens.
He retired and moved to Trinidad in 2005 to live in direct view of open water on Cedar Creek Lake. Reading was one of John’s favorite relaxations. He was a major contributor to the Library at Cedar Creek Lake and volunteered his time on the board of the Library and served as President. He also volunteered his time as an AARP tax aid preparing tax returns for local senior citizens.
He was preceded in death by his parents, niece Margaret Nelson Necessary and his four basset hounds George, Lucky, Spenser and Herby.
John is survived by his only child John Essary Dees, III of Dallas, sisters Elizabeth Dees Nelson Pulley of Durham, N.C., Nancy Dees Dixon of Centennial, Colo. and Susan Dees of Cortez, Colo., long time girlfriend Susan Jaros of Dallas, former spouse Mary Francovilla Dees of Carrollton, nephews Tripp Nelson of Newport, N.C., Andy Dixon of Denver, Colo. and Scott Dixon of Denver Colo. and niece Debbie Nelson McKnight of Pittsboro, N.C.
A memorial service will occur at a later date due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Library at Cedar Creek, 410 E Cedar Creek Parkway, Seven Points, TX 75143 or www.cedarcreeklibrary.org.