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James Joseph Damman

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James Joseph Damman James Joseph Damman, 78, passed away peacefully on February 23, 2011, in Austin, Texas, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born January 16, 1933, to Adolph and Rose Damman of Grosse Pointe, Michigan, Jim was a successful entrepreneur and former Lieutenant Governor of Michigan. Before entering public service, Jim worked at the Damman Hardware retail chain, a family business founded by his father Adolph. After serving in the U.S. Army, he continued in public service as an active member of the Jaycees and the Rotary Club. Jim later served as City Commissioner in Troy, Mich. In 1970, he decided to take this commitment to service to a new level by serving as a Michigan State Representative, and then as Lieutenant Governor of Michigan from 1974 to 1978. After a few years as a real estate executive, Jim founded QuantumDigital Incorporated, a technology company based in Austin, Texas. Today QuantumDigital employs over 100 people, delivering direct mail, on-demand printing and email marketing to companies all over North America. Jim was an active member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church, and was generous in philanthropic activities such as Texas Alliance for Life, San Juan Diego High School, Salvation Army, Mobile Loaves and Fishes, and Heroic Media. His additional passions included traveling, playing golf with his friends at Lost Creek Country Club, and enjoying his home on Lake Austin. Surviving Jim is his wife of 54 years Margaret (Peg); three daughters, Joan Kramer (Robert), Susan Peyton, and Sandra Shaw (Robert); three sons, Jim (Renaye), Stephen (Debra), and Mark; a sister, Shirley and brother Bernard. Jim was blessed with 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to one of the following charities: Online at TexasAllianceforLife.org or mail donations to: Texas Alliance for Life, PO Box 49137, Austin, TX 78765 or Mail donations to: San Juan Diego Catholic High School Scholarship Fund, 800 Herndon Lane, Austin, Texas 78704 www.sjdchs.org. Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from five o'clock in the evening until seven o'clock in the evening, Sunday, the 27th of February at Cook-Walden Funeral Home, 6100 N. Lamar Blvd, Austin, 78752. The Recitation of the Rosary will begin at seven o'clock. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at eleven o'clock in the morning, Monday, the 28th of February, at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 5455 Bee Cave Road, Austin, Texas 78746. Interment will be held at Cook-Walden Capital Parks in Pflugerville. Condolences may be made at www.cookwaldenfuneralhome.com

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Published in Austin American-Statesman on Feb. 26, 2011
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