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July 2nd, 2012
James Mark Pape, 1943-2012

James Mark Pape was born on March 7, 1943 to Lucile and A.C. Pape of Caldwell, Texas.



Jim lived the quintessential life of a Texas boy, working in the family business of publishing the Burleson County Citizen, hunting and fishing on the family farm, spending summers in Nixon with his beloved grandparents and enjoying the company of his extended family and friends.

After graduation from Caldwell High School, Jim attended the University of Texas and graduated from the Plan II Program in 1965. Following graduation from UT Law School, Jim practiced corporate law in New York City. Through his pro bono criminal defense work there, Jim found his professional passion for defending our Constitution and citizens accused. He moved to Houston and continued that work before establishing the partnership of Pape & Mallett. In the fall of 1979, he moved to San Marcos and established his criminal defense practice, in which he was active until his death.

While in law school, Jim was selected to participate in the UT’s Chilean Exchange Program. It was at an introductory meeting of the 1967 group that he met Dianne Rush, and it was love at first sight for both.

Jim and Dianne were married in 1972 and lived in Houston, where they became the proud parents of two sons, Mathews Rush and Brazos August. In 1979, they moved to San Marcos, falling in love with the people there and the beautiful river that they came to know so well through canoeing. Jim was active in civic organizations, but he was especially proud of his and Dianne’s founding membership of the San Marcos River Foundation and his work toward having the Jack C. Hays statue erected on the Courthouse Square in San Marcos.

Jim died in San Marcos on Thursday, June 21, 2012. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Allan Pape and sister-in-law June of Bastrop, his sister-in-law Candice Rush of San Marcos and other close relatives and friends.

He is survived by his wife Dianne, son Rush and his partner Amy Whited of Uhland, son Brazos and his wife Gloria of San Marcos, sister Carol Anne Dowd and her husband Louis of Austin, his mother-in-law Rouye Rush, his niece and nephews and their families and an incredibly loving host of friends.

Jim was a man of unbounded curiosity and innumerable interests, and his greatest love was for people, of all walks and stations. While an inveterate collector from childhood, his dearest collection was his many friends. He had a “Rolodex” memory for jokes, an unmatched generosity toward others and a loving kindness that inspired those around him. His legacy is one of joy and love.

Services will be held at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in San Marcos at 11 a.m. on July 7. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to the San Marcos River Foundation — P.O. Box 1393, San Marcos, TX 78667 or to the charity of your choice.

Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, San Marcos, 353-4311,

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4 thoughts on “James Mark Pape, 1943-2012

  1. Jim was one of the most honorable men I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. I consider myself blessed to have known such a great man and to be able to call him friend. I know this is not a time for good bye, so I will say, rest dear friend, until we meet again.

  2. We will miss him terribly. Such a kind soul. I was so surprised to read in his obit that he just moved to SM in ’79, since he and Dianne were introducing me to everyone in town when I moved here in ’80, as though they’d lived here forever.

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