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Obituary Condolences

McAllen: James William "JW" Dyer, 60, unexpectedly went to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 29, 2013, due to sudden cardiac arrest.

JW, a Valley native, graduated from PSJA High School in 1971. He was a proud member of the Class of '75 Fighting Texas A&M Corps of Cadets, serving as the Parson's Mounted Cavalry Stable Master. Upon graduating with a BS degree in civil engineering and a BS in agricultural engineering, JW served his country as First Lieutenant in the United States Army Corps of Engineers, beginning at Officer Basic in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Following his service, he worked as a Construction Engineer for Weisheit, Inc., where he designed and installed irrigation drain tile throughout the Upper Rio Grande Valley. He then became a Consulting Engineer and Surveyor at Sigler, Winston, Greenwood & Associates. While working at this firm, he became a Registered Professional Engineer, as well as a Registered Public Land Surveyor. He went on to receive his Doctor of Jurisprudence from The University of Texas School of Law. JW practiced law in the Rio Grande Valley since 1987 and owned his own firm, Dyer & Associates. He used his farming background, as well as his engineering and surveying experience, throughout his law practice, and represented many major water supply corporations and irrigation districts throughout the Valley. Among these include North Alamo Water Supply Corporation, East Rio Hondo Water Supply Corporation, Sharyland Water Supply Corporation, El Jardin Water Supply Corporation, Olmito Water Supply Corporation, Engelman Irrigation District and La Feria Irrigation District.

JW was an avid adventurer and loved hiking and camping with his family. His most recent adventure was climbing Mount Kilimanjaro with his wife, Cecily, and two of his children, Briannah and Joseph Micah. His love for adventure also led him into becoming a Scout Master for the Boy Scouts for more than 20 years, where he was able to mentor multiple generations of scouts. JW's accomplishments in Scouting included Eagle Scout, Vigil Honor in the Order of the Arrow, Silver Beaver recipient and District Award of Merit. He accompanied more than 100 Scouts on several high adventure trips to Charles Sommers Canoe Base, Florida Sea Base and Philmont Scout Ranch. He led several contingents to the National Jamboree and worked on the international support team at the World Jamboree in England, teaching canoeing to Scouts from around the world. JW went through every adventure with a smile and a positive attitude.

JW was preceded in death by his son, Malcolm Paul Dyer; grandparents, Bill and Agnes Busch and James Newell Dyer and Eugenia Grady Dyer; great-aunts, Sr. Mary Johnell Busch, R.S.M. and Josephine Doffing; and great-uncle, Fr. John Busch, O.M.I.

Left to cherish JW's memory are his wife, Cecily, and their four children; Sarah (Richard) Fryer, Noah (Brandi) Dyer, Briannah Dyer and Joseph Micah Dyer; along with two grandchildren, Caleb James Dyer and Logan Grady Dyer. JW is also survived by his parents, Malcolm "Newt" Dyer and Mary Agnes "Maggie" Dyer; siblings, Philip "Phil" (Mary) Dyer, Theresa (Richard) Arizmendi and Robert "Bob" (Christina) Dyer; nieces and nephews, Nicholas (Carrie) Dyer, Gregory Dyer, Matthew Dyer, Jeremiah "JJ" Arizmendi, Emily (Jim) Miller, Christopher Dyer, Lucas Dyer, Nathaniel Dyer, and Zachary Ross. JW also leaves behind sister-in-law Melissa Ross and brother-in-law Paul Silvernale, aunts, Fran (Sam) Ramsey, Gladys Busch East, Betty (Phil Bott) Busch, Barbara (Frank) Wood, Jan (Tom) Findlay; and numerous cousins.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., with a rosary from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Mission. Funeral Mass will also be at Our Lady of Guadalupe at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 3, 2013. Pallbearers will be Noah Dyer, Richard Fryer, Joseph Micah Dyer, James "Jimbo" Bitner Juan Fuentes, and Steven Youger. Interment of cremated remains will take place at a later date.

You are invited to make a donation to the Our Lady of Guadalupe Building Fund at P. O. Box 1047, Mission, Texas 78572, and leave a memory for the family at Arrangements are under the direction of Kreidler Funeral Home Inc.

Published in Brownsville Herald on July 2, 2013
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