Harry Dan Sawyer
Shreveport, LA - Harry Dan Sawyer passed away on Friday, February 12, 2021 after a brief illness. He was born on September 24, 1927 in Shreveport, Louisiana to Robert Lee Sawyer and Nina Mae McCann. A private ceremony and a graveside service were offered in his memory.
Dan was a graduate of Fair Park High School and Centenary College of Louisiana in Shreveport. He then received his law degree from Tulane University in 1955 and was admitted to the Louisiana State Bar. His legal career consisted of private practice, City of Shreveport prosecutor, and in 1971, he was elected city judge.
Dan was a member of First United Methodist Church Shreveport. He was committed to serve the community with honesty and fairness giving an example of integrity and responsibility. He helped people unconditionally in many ways and had a soft heart for the destitute. His compassion even extended to the animals. Dan was well known for his discipline and dedication to his health and fitness. He believed in exercising and healthy diet to promote wellness. Dan was an avid reader and studious of history, especially the World War II era. He also enjoyed English literature and the culture of different peoples while traveling extensively with his wife, Xochitl, through Europe and Mexico.
He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Xochitl Baez Sawyer; his daughter, Mary Gwen Belvin and husband, Robert; his granddaughters, Mary Kathryn Reed and husband, Stephen, and Katelyn Belvin; his stepdaughters, Stephanie Ryder and husband, Robert, and Rebecca McKinney and husband, Blaine; and his nephew, Robert and wife, Connie.
He is preceded in death by his parents and his only brother, Robert.
The family suggests memorials can be made to the First United Methodist Church, 500 Common Street, Shreveport, LA 71101, the Salvation Army, 200 E. Stoner Ave., Shreveport, LA 71101 or an animal rescue organization of your choice.
Published by Shreveport Times from Feb. 22 to Feb. 28, 2021.