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Hilary Doran Jr. '58 January 3, 2020 10:35 AM updated: January 3, 2020 1:12 PM

Weed Corley Fish Funeral Homes and Cremation Services obituary
3125 North Lamar Boulevard
Austin, TX

Hilary B. Doran Jr.
AUGUST 16, 1936 – DECEMBER 21, 2019

Hilary B. Doran, Jr. began college at Texas A & M University with the intention of attaining a degree in animal husbandry. However, a drought in the 1950’s dashed his plans and he transferred to Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in government.

After a tour in the U. S. Air Force, Doran entered the School of Law at U.T. Austin in 1962. Three years later he returned to Del Rio, his hometown, to practice law and founded the firm of Doran, Gulley & Etzel.

Doran served four terms in the Texas Legislature until January 1975. During that time he served on numerous House committees and was vice chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. He served as Executive Assistant for Governor William P. Clements, Jr. from May 1981 to January 1983. He served as Chief of Staff to Governor Clements in 1987 and was named the first Chairman of the Texas Racing Commission in 1988. He served on the Commission until 1991.

When Representative Doran retired from public life, he and his wife divided their time between Coronado, California and his ranch in Del Rio, Texas.

To help continue Hilary’s legacy of living his life to the benefit and the betterment of others, the family suggests donations be made in his name to: Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church, 959 C Avenue, Coronado, California 92118.

Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church


Funeral Service
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3125 North Lamar Boulevard
Austin, Texas 78705

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Published in Austin American-Statesman on Jan. 3, 2020

Hilary Brumley Doran Jr.
1936 - 2019

DORAN JR., Hilary Brumley Hilary Brumley Doran, Jr., state legislator and attorney, passed away December 21, 2019 at his second home in Coronado, California. He was born to Hilary B. Doran, Sr. and Emma Jane Glover Doran in Del Rio, Texas on August 16, 1936. Hilary was raised in both Del Rio as well as the family ranch in Edwards County. He graduated Del Rio High School in 1954. He then attended Texas A&M University before transferring to Southwest Texas State University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in government. After serving in the U. S. Air Force, he entered law school at the University of Texas at Austin in 1962. By August of 1965, Doran had received his law degree from U.T. and returned to Del Rio, where he founded the firm, Doran, Gulley, and Etzel. Two years later, in 1967, he was elected to represent Del Rio and Val Verde County in the Texas House of Representatives. In the eight years he served in the House, 1967 - 1975, he was a member of numerous committees and was vice chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. From 1981 to 1983, Doran served as Executive Assistant to Governor William P. "Bill" Clements, Jr. In early January, 1983, before leaving office, Governor Clements appointed Doran to the Board of Regents of the University of Texas at Austin. On January 20, 1987, Clements returned to the Governor's Office and he appointed Doran as his Chief of Staff. That next year, 1988, Clements appointed him as the first chairman of the Texas Racing Commission. He served on the Commission until 1991. He is survived by wife Julia D. Doran of Coronado, California; sons, H. B. (Trey) Doran III of Canyon Lake, David L. Doran of Austin, Gregory L. Doran of San Marcos; grandson, Ryan Rucker Doran; step-daughter, Kathy Keller of San Diego, California. He was preceded in death by his parents and younger brother, Finous R. Doran of Del Rio. A memorial service will be held at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home (3125 N. Lamar Blvd. Austin, TX 78705) on Wednesday, January 8 at 2 p.m. Internment will follow afterwards at the Texas State Cemetery (909 Navasota Street, Austin, Texas 78702). In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to The Catherine Falk Orginization:

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