Texas and United States flags lowered to half-staff in memory of Judge Frank Onion

September 5, 2018

Gregory Scott Davidson, Executive Clerk and
Director of Constituent Communication Division
Office of the Governor ● P.O. Box 12428 ● Capitol Station ● Austin, Texas 78711

September 4, 2018

Regional Director Dwight D. Mathis
Capitol Region VII
Texas Department of Public Safety
1500 North Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78701

Dear Director Mathis:

The State of Texas lost a respected leader with the passing of former Presiding Judge of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals John Frank “Jack” Onion, Jr. Judge Onion had a distinguished career as a jurist in Texas. As a mark of respect for this highly regarded public servant, it is fitting that flags in Texas be lowered to half-staff.

Therefore, pursuant to Chapter 3100 of the Texas Government Code and 4 U.S.C. § 7, I do hereby direct the lowering of all Texas and United States flags to half-staff in memory of Judge Frank Onion. Flags throughout the state should be lowered to half-staff immediately and remain at half-staff through the day on Saturday, September 8, 2018. Flags should return to full staff the following day. Please notify all pertinent personnel within your agency and other state agency leaders of this directive.

Individuals, businesses, municipalities, and other political subdivisions and entities are encouraged to fly their flags at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of honor and respect for this dignified public servant.

Our prayers of comfort are extended to Judge Onion’s family in its time of grief. I urge all Texans to commemorate his life of service to the State of Texas.


Greg Abbott


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