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David Bonnen


1936 - 2017
David Bonnen Obituary
David C. Bonnen
1936-2017
After a long struggle with Parkinson's Disease, David C. Bonnen passed away on March 30, 2017 with his loving family by his side. A longtime attorney in Angleton, he was known and respected not only for his knowledge of the law but also for his honesty and dignity.
A visitation will be held from 4 pm until 6 pm on Sunday, April 2nd at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Danbury followed by a Rosary. The funeral will be held at St. Anthony's at 3 pm, Monday, April 3rd. Graveside services will be Tuesday, April 4th at 12 p.m. at the College Station Cemetery in College Station.
Bonnen was born in Houston on January 6, 1936 to C.A. and Alice McDonald Bonnen. He grew up on the campus of Texas A&M University where his father was a professor and graduated from A&M Consolidated High School in 1954. He then became a proud member of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets and graduated in the class of 1958. Fulfilling his dream of becoming a lawyer, David attended the University of Texas Law School and passed the bar exam in 1961.
Following law school, Bonnen served in the U.S. Army Intelligence Corps in Baltimore, MD where he met and married his wife Tina. They moved to Angleton, TX to establish his law practice.
During his distinguished legal career, in addition to his private practice from which he retired in 2008, David also served as the Angleton City Attorney for nine years and as Municipal Court Judge in Angleton for fifteen years. The Angleton Municipal Courtroom is named in his honor.
In the community, David was active in the Angleton Chamber of Commerce and served as Chairman of the Angleton Emergency Medical Corps, and President of the Angleton Texas A&M Club, the Angleton Lions Club and the Brazoria County Bar Association.
He kept up with every sport played by his beloved Aggies and could recite scores and players from games played decades ago. He enjoyed telling of his summer job on the construction site of the former Aggie landmark G. Rollie White Coliseum and pointing out on the building the cracked sandstone slab that he had dropped. His devotion to his Alma Mater was exemplified by his family establishing two scholarships for Texas A&M students.
His proudest accomplishment was his family. He is survived by his wife Tina and their 4 children: The Honorable Dr. Greg Bonnen and his wife Kim of Friendswood, Dr. Mark Bonnen and his wife Wendy of Houston, Dr. Penelope Eleni Bonnen of Houston and The Honorable Dennis Bonnen and his wife Kim of Angleton. He was a loving and caring grandfather to his grandchildren: Lindsay of Friendswood and Janae of New York City, David and Jessica of Houston, Sebastien, Luca and Alexandre of Houston, and David Jackson and Gregory of Angleton.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers James and Jerry. He is survived by his sisters, Mary Ann O'Meara, Marty Dixon and Patsy Boughton.
In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made to the David C. Bonnen Memorial Scholarship, c/o Heritage Bank, 85 Oak Drive, Lake Jackson, TX, 77566, the Angleton Emergency Medical Corps, 600 Orange St, Angleton, TX 77515, the Houston Area Parkinson's Society, 2700 SW Freeway, Houston, TX 77098.
Arrangements by Palms Funeral Home ~ Angleton, Texas 979-849-4343.
Online condolences may be sent at www.palmsfuneralhome.com
Published in Houston Chronicle on Apr. 2, 2017
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