James William Bryan, 82, formerly of Corpus Christi and Dallas, died Sunday, March 10, 2013, at an assisted living home in Minneapolis, Minnesota after battling Alzheim-er's disease. James was born March 27, 1930, in San Antonio to Louis William and Rosa (Lozano) Bryan, and was raised in Corpus Christi. He attended Roy Miller High School and served in both the United States Air Force and Navy from 1948 to 1954. He became the first in his family to earn a bachelor's degree, graduating from Texas A & I University in Kingsville (now Texas A & M University Kingsville) in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science degree in General Engineering. His career included positions as a civil engineer with the Michigan State Highway Department, the Texas Highway Depart-ment, the United States Navy Facilities Engineering Command and the Dallas County Department of Public Works. He was appointed Director of Public Works in 1981. During his twenty-year career with Dallas County, he was involved with county road bond projects totaling more than $500 million that improved the county thorough-fare system. Projects included many road and bridge improvements, along with the construction of the Dallas County Criminal Courts Building. He is survived by his son, James William Bryan Jr. and his wife Laura of Edina, Minnesota; grandchildren, Isabella Claire and Max William Bryan; step-grandson, Wyatt Miller; stepsons, Arnold and Stephen Bryan of Dallas; stepdaughter, Monica Barrera of Seattle, Washington; sisters, Florence Bryan of Houston, Rose Payne of Corpus Christi, Mary "Dolly" Davis of Corpus Christi, Louise Bryan of Fort Worth, Betty Waslif of San Jose, California; sister-in-law, Margaret "Peggy" Bryan of Corpus Christi; many cousins, nieces, nephews and step-grandchildren. James' memorial service will be held on Friday, April 5, 2013, at 10 a.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church in Corpus Christi. Interment will follow the service at Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery. He will be recognized for his service to our country with military honors.
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Published in Dallas Morning News on Mar. 31, 2013