Brig Gen. (Ret.) John Compere

(Texas ranch born & raised, cowboy, soldier, lawyer, judge & rancher)

Personal – Born July 7, 1941 in Abilene, Texas. Raised on area ranch. Married to Dolores Flores Compere of Baird. 4 adult children (David, Tracy, Julianne & Bradley) & 4 grandchildren (Raven, Ryder, Dylan & Sadie). Retired and returned to 4th generation Texas family ranch in 2007.

Education – Abilene High School (Diploma, 1956-59); Texas Tech University (BA, Government, 1959-63); University of Texas at Austin (JD, Law, 1963-66).

Military – 26 years as an Army lawyer (active & reserve); Army ROTC college cadet & Distinguished Military Student; began active duty as a 101st Airborne Division paratrooper & prosecutor; served in various USA locations & abroad in Thailand, Vietnam, Panama & Honduras; retired as Brigadier General & Disabled American Veteran (Vietnam Era).

Law – 50+ years as military lawyer & Texas lawyer (San Antonio law firm owner; board certified lawyer, mediator & arbitrator in State & Federal Courts). Honored by the State Bar of Texas for “valuable and meritorious service to the Community, State and Nation for more than 50 years”.

Judicial – 4 years as Chief Judge, US Army Court of Military Review & US Army Legal Services Agency in Washington, DC (tenured US judicial position nominated by President George H.W. Bush & confirmed by Senate).

Community – Abilene Reporter-News (Editorial Board); Cisco Community College (guest faculty); United Methodist Church (certified lay leader/speaker/teacher, Stephen Minister, district representative, Emmaus alumnus, adult education biblical history teacher); Dyess Air Force Base Chapel (Protestant lay leader); Abilene High School & Texas University Law School (Reunion Committees); Disabled American Veterans (Life Member); Abilene Celebration Singers (Historian); Belle Plaine Pioneer Cemetery Association (Historian); Callahan County Sheriff’s Posse (Historian & Life Member); Texas Cowboys’ Christmas Ball Association (Historian); Cowboy Heritage Association of America (Charter & Life Member); Tejas Vaqueros (Director, Outstanding Trail Rider, Champion Team Penner, Champion Team Sorter, Trail Boss, 20 Year Buckle award, 25 year Silver Medal award); Military Religious Freedom Foundation (Board Member).

Writing – 74 copyrighted legal articles published (local, state & national bar associations); Guest columnist, commentator & contributor for Abilene Reporter-News, Baird Banner, Clyde Journal, Cross Plains Review, Buffalo Gap Round-Up News, Abilene Living, Abilene Scene, United Methodist Church, Texas Heritage, Tejas Vaqueros, Americans United, American Humanist Association, American Rationalist, Free Inquiry, Freethought Today & Military Religious Freedom Foundation. [A judicious wordsmith who adheres to the writing wisdom of Jonathan Swift – “The right words in the right places.” ]

Politics – Independent

Favorite Quotes

“Life is what you make it. Always has been. Always will be.” – Anna Mary Robertson Moses (aka: Grandma Moses)

“Life is tough. It’s tougher when you’re stupid.” – Marion Robert Morrison (aka: John Wayne)

“Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty & well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, totally worn out & proclaiming – Damn What a Ride!” (anonymous)


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