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Austin American-Statesman
Thursday, November 14, 1996

Funerals and Memorials

Jack Wimberly Minor

Jack Wimberly Minor died Monday, November 11, 1996, at the age of 38, after a long fight with cancer.

Jack was born in Baton Rouge on April 22, 1958. He grew up in Houston, and graduated from Sam Houston State University. In a 15 year career as a photographer for the Texas House of Representatives, Jack touched the lives of a great many people with his dedication, friendliness, and generosity. As a public servant, he leaves behind a vast  collection of official photographs documenting priceless occasions in count less people's lives. As a loving family member, he leaves us with many rare and beautiful memories of his genuine devotion to his relatives and friends.

Jack enjoyed his work, but his true passion had always been music, which he avidly collected and selflessly shared with others. Jack's humble good-naturedness will be remembered fondly in our hearts and minds through these beautiful songs and vivid pictures.

Survivors include wife, Monica; sons, Jack Edward and Garrett Stephen; daughter, Maria Dolores; parents, Jack and Dolores Minor; brother, Paul; grandmother, Martha Wimberly; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 16, 1996, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Michael's Episcopal Church, 6317 Bee Caves Rd.

The family asks that donations be made to the American Cancer Society in lieu of flowers.

Arrangements by Harrell Funeral Home in Austin, 443-1366.

Capitol Photographer Jack Minor, 38, Dies

Austin American-Statesman

American-Statesman Capitol Staff

Services are scheduled Saturday for Jack Minor, photography manager for the Texas House of  Representatives, who died Monday after a year-long battle with liver cancer. He was 38.

"He had a tremendous amount of knowledge about the House of Representatives, how to work with the members," said John Bender, director of House communications and Minor's supervisor for the past three years. "He knew everyone in the House, and everyone knew him, because he was just a constant presence on the floor whenever we were in session."

Minor photographed the House for 15 years."

"He has photographed the Texas Capitol from every possible angle in every, possible lighting condition that could be imagined," he said. "I don't think there is a piece of granite he wasn't familiar with."

Bender recalled that every Fourth of July, as families flocked to Town Lake, Minor perched on top of one of the office buildings in the Capitol complex, trying to catch the Capitol with the fireworks in the background.

"He definitely brought the department to a higher level of photography," said Ethel Shipton, a House photographer.

Minor is survived by his wife, Monica, and their three children: Jack, 10; Garrett, 8;  and Maria, 3.

A memorial service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Michael's Episcopal Church, 6317 W. Bee Caves Road. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the American Cancer Society.