Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum: 1-35 and University Parks Drive | PO Box 2570, Waco, TX 76702-2570 | (254) 750-8631
Frank Hamer, Jr.
1918 - 2006
The Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum is sad
to report the passing of Frank Hamer, Jr., former Special Ranger and
son of Texas Ranger Hall of Fame member Francis Augustus “Frank” Hamer.
Frank A. Hamer, Jr. was born April 11, 1918, in Pasadena, California,
to Frank and Gladys Hamer. (The family was on a much-needed vacation
and had just spent time in Hollywood where Frank, Sr. had become good
friends with actor, cowboy Tom Mix.)
Already a licensed pilot when he joined the US Marine Corp during World
War II, Frank, Jr. served as a pilot and a pilot instructor. Then, from
1948 into the early 1950s, he became a Special Ranger, working as a bodyguard,
first to Texas Governor Beauford Jester, then to Governor Allen Shivers
and his family.
When a job opening for a pilot in the Texas Fish
and Game Commission gave him to opportunity to return to the open skies,
he asked Shiver’s
permission to apply. For the next 30 years he worked as a pilot with
the Commission, which became the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
After his retirement from Parks and Wildlife in 1980, he lived in San
Marcos, Texas. He enjoyed traveling to area gun shows with friends. He
also enjoyed telling stories about his time with Governor Shivers, his
love of flying, and talking about his famous father. He passed away on
September 18, 2006, at the age of 88. He will be missed.