Jim Mattox's flag-draped coffin sat just below the speaker's dius in the Texas House.Î¾ Pictures of his career in Texas politics created mournersÎ¾at the entranceÎ¾to the chamber.
Mattox spent fourteen years in office.Î¾ The first six as a U.S. representative.Î¾ The rest as Texas Attorney General.
Donald Dean worked as a page for Jim Mattox during his time asÎ¾AG.
"He deserved all the honor he could get.Î¾ He worked behind the scenes a lot.Î¾People didn't know about.Î¾ He wasn't the kind of guy that was looking for publicity all the time.Î¾ He was a great leader of Texas for our generation."Î¾Î¾
To his family though, he wasn't a congressman or political consultant.Î¾ He was just Jim.Î¾ Jerry Mattox was hisÎ¾littleÎ¾brother.Î¾ His greatest role in life was substitute-father.Î¾ He helped his mother raise two young siblings.
"My brother had to step-in, had to cookÎ¾the meals, had to make sure IÎ¾did what I was supposeÎ¾to do when she was gone to work .Î¾ Most kids we outÎ¾doing whatever they do and he was having to be a parent.Î¾ He went off to college and did real well.Î¾Î¾AfterÎ¾he graduated, heÎ¾help putÎ¾my sisterÎ¾and myself through college."Î¾
A public memorial services will be held tomorrow at 11 am at the First Baptist Church in downtown Austin.Î¾ The man who made a career of serving Texans will be buried at the Texas State Cemetery.
For KUHF, Houston Public Radio.Î¾ I'm Ben Philpott in Austin.