Judge Dan Sawyer
Passes at 93
Dear friend Dan always said he was going to
stop by the gym for a final workout on the way to the graveyard.
Having a broken leg, he may not have
made it. You can bet it wasn't for lack of trying.
Dan told Clarence about the frontal approach
to hip replacement. He'd had both the old and new way, and
said the difference was like night and day. "With the new
approach," he told Clarence, "you'll have so little pain you'll
forget to complain."
A pen pal of John Grimek, he treasured his
collection of long, typed letters from John relating things that would
only be shared with a close friend. We know because he sent us a
select few of Grimek's letters. We had to promise on the Bible
to return them. Joking, but he definitely wanted them back
for safe keeping.
The final section of our book Great
Expectations relates Dan's philosophy on heroes, life, and
Titled On the Shoulders of Giants, he wrote:
"I won't be Grimek, but I am going to be better for trying - I
plug away just as if I am going to make it. This type of chasing
rainbows gives me zest for living. I may get older - but never
Grimek was one of many hero/role models
he had sought to emulate and from whom he drew strength and
The following is taken from what he wrote:
"I was always attracted to people of
outstanding quality. I attached myself to them and tried to be
more like them."
The first was the fellow across the street.
Next was an English teacher. Then a
"My first admonition is to choose the right
heroes. Keep in mind, even if you miss the target, the higher
you aim the higher you will hit. Do something beneficial for
yourself each day, and don't give up, ever. Study the works of
informed people and make friends with accomplished others, and
you will be molded by the company you keep.
"...Strive for perfection as if it was a reality
and you will be ten thousand times better for trying.
"...Get a running start early as possible and
don't stop running. Don't wait for the 'right time' to get
started because the right time never comes...."
There's more, but you can see why so many
respected Dan and cherished his friendship.
Our sincerest condolences to his wonderful and
accomplished wife, Xochitl, and the many others who
This photo of Dan in his
middle years with his bike
and the LSU/Shreveport campus in the
distant background captures his essence.
mind in an active body. Sent to us by Dan, it's how we'd like to
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His obituary tells more
about his life, his family, and his impressive career at all
levels of the law:
March 1, 2021