Edmond Stillman "Tracy" Maxon III|
On July 24, 2014 a little before 8:00 am Edmond Stillman Maxon, III passed away. Most people knew him as Tracy Maxon. He is preceded in death by his father, Edmond Stillman Maxon Jr. and his mother, Emma Jean Maxon. He leaves behind four children: Edmond Stillman Maxon IV, Eric Spencer Maxon, Erwin Sterling Maxon, daughter Emma Lynn Maxon, and his three grandchildren, Lindsey Lee Maxon, Edmond Stillman Maxon V, and Lucy Ann Maxon,. He is also survived by his brother his brother, Bob Maxon and his wife Debbie Maxon.
Tracy was born in Lubbock, TX. on October 4, 1948. He moved to the Oak Estates area in Houston as a child. Later his family moved to the Memorial area and he graduated from Spring Branch ISD's Memorial High School in 1967.
Tracy was a radio DJ in high school for 104.1 KRBE. He called himself Boogaloo Bob, the blue-eyed wild child. He went on to be Batman for KILT and drove around in the Bat Mobile here in Houston for KILTs Batman and Robin show. After high school, Tracy went to Austin to attend The University of Texas and worked part time for the Westlake Police Department. After one year he realized he missed Houston and loved being a police officer. He moved back to Houston to attend the University of Houston where he joined Kappa Alpha fraternity and met his first wife, Carol. He finished college with two bachelors degrees. After college Tracy set his family roots on the Westside of Houston where in 1976 he ran for Constable and won.
Often described as a "force of nature" Tracy was sworn in as Harris County Constable, Precinct 5, on January 1, 1977. Covering the western half of Harris County the precinct was considered by many as a law enforcement backwater. Starting with less than a dozen sworn officers Tracy immediately set out to establish a 20th century law enforcement agency.
One of Tracy's first projects was to establish a full 240 hour law enforcement academy, a first for any Constable's office. He added reserve officer training and during his tenure as constable regularly conducted in-service classes. All were approved by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education. Tracy worked with the DEA and FBI on several seminars and regularly sent his officers to training classes run by other agencies
Recognizing the need for highly visible law enforcement in West Harris County Tracy initiated an aggressive campaign to increase the number of full-time patrol officers, train and utilize active reserve deputies and expand the contract deputy program. This resulted in placing over 300 peace officers and marked patrol cars on the streets of West Harris County and the western end of Houston.
Precinct 5 became the first law enforcement agency in Harris County to set up an animal cruelty division. Precinct 5 officers shut down dog fighting rings and arrested those mistreating and abusing animals. Most of these cases were successfully prosecuted.
An active vice division targeted the use and sale of illegal substances and brought many cases to successful prosecution. This was a first for a Constable's office.
Tracy intuitively understood that homeowners needed guidance in how to protect their homes and families. Tracy started Crime Stoppers, a crime prevention unit that helped neighborhoods and subdivisions set up neighborhood watch programs and work more closely with Precinct 5 officers. Tracy and his officers gave presentations on how to effectively secure homes, how to respond to emergencies and how better to protect children. Tracy was one of the first to mount an effective finger print program for children.
Tracy worked with businesses to protect their assets from a rising incidence of robberies and also thefts by worthless checks. Officers armed with shotguns were stationed inside convenience stores. Also, prominent signs were displayed in retail businesses warning of the consequences of writing hot checks. Ever imaginative Tracy reached out to the former embezzler, forger and confidence trickster Frank Abagnale to assist in putting together security presentations to businesses.
Tracy did not ignore the traditional tasks of the Constable's office. When he took office he was faced with a backlog of over 1,000 warrants and civil papers. Hard work and modern management practices brought this backlog current during his first year in office.
Tracy won three election contests for Constable and thoroughly enjoyed the political process. In the rough and tumble of Harris County politics Tracy formed enduring relationships with political figures and office holders of both parties. His modern approach to law enforcement was recognized by Ronald Reagan during his 1980 campaign for President. Tracy's officers were asked to provide security at the downtown Hyatt for Reagan during a Houston visit before Reagan was eligible for Secret Service protection. Tracy also formed a life-long friendship with former California Governor Pete Wilson. They collaborated on campaign strategies and fund raising activities.
Tracy's groundbreaking innovations resulted in a fully modern law enforcement agency that forever changed the concept of the constable's Office.
After the Constable's department Tracy continued to focus on helping people.
He moved to Ft. Worth to stay close to his Mom after his father's death. Tracy Served as Program Manager of Tarrant County MHMR, Executive Director for the Salvation Army of Fort Worth / Greater Tarrant County Executive Director of the Fort Worth YMCA, The Director of Programming for the Fort Worth Bridge (CPS contract facility), Executive Director of Treatment Education and Addiction Management under contract to Social Security Administration, MAXIMUS, Medicare and Medicaid and served as Social Worker and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor to alcoholics and drug addicted beneficiaries of Medicare and also to Medicaid Pregnant Women's Program and Texas Children with Special Needs. In 1995 he established a forensic unit in a county jail for MH/MR inmates.
Tracy was appointed to the Advisory Commission of Intergovernmental Relations by two governors. He was an Honorary Admiral of the Texas Navy by Governors Bill Clements, Mark White, and Rick Perry. Under Ronald Reagan he was the Executive Director of the National Conference of Republican County Officials. He was also on the Board of Directors of the National Conference of Republican County Officials, Director of Education and Training for Texas elected Constables for the Texas Justice of the Peace and Constable Association.
He loved the people of Texas especially the citizens of Harris County. When he traveled out of state he introduced himself as Tracy from Texas.
We will all miss you Tracy Maxon
Memorial services will be held Friday, August 1st, 10:00 am, in the Hankamer Chapel, Second Baptist Church, 6400 Woodway, Houston, TX. 77057.
Published in Houston Chronicle on July 31, 2014