Judge Walter Timon


Walter F. Timon, 79, well-known office holder and politician of former years, died in a local hospital at 9:55 last night after a long illness.

The silver haired man, who was known as “Judge” to thousands of South Texans for more than 40 years, had been in ill health for several years and had been at death’s door many times but rallied each time until the last.

Judge Timon, state representative, county judge, district judge, wealthy property owner, was the center of many a political storm from the turn of the century until his health removed him from public life.

Judge Timon is survived by his wife, Mrs. Bessie Baker Timon, who lives in the home at 711 Winnebago.

Other survivors include a sister, Mrs. Laura Timon Dolan, and several nieces and nephews.


He was born on Rock Ranch in San Patricio County Oct. 4, 1872, the son of John Timon and Ellen Keating Timon. His father was one of the prominent pioneer cattlemen of South Texas; and his mother was the daughter of John Beresford Keating, a captain under Sam Houston.

Judge Timon attended Meredith’s Private School here, National Normal University at Lebanon, Ohio; Cumberland University Law School at Lebanon, Tenn.; and the University of Texas. He had degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor Oratory and Bachelor of Law.


He served as county attorney of San Patricio County from 1900 to 1902, member of the Texas legislature from 1902 to 1906, county judge of Nueces County 1906 to 1917, judge of the Criminal District Court from 1917 to 1923, and Nueces County navigation commissioner from 1923 to 1925.

Judge Timon was known for his economy in county administration. The county courthouse and the old Nueces Bay causeway were built in his administration.


He was the originator of the “Timon Plan for Bayfront Improvement and Beautification” whereby the state, through legislative enactment, remitted to the City of Corpus Christi a 30-cent state ad valorem tax of seven counties to retire bonds issued for the construction of seawalls, breakwaters and other protective and beautification facilities. The Chamber of Commerce in 1920 sent him on a commission to study and inspect breakwaters and seawalls on the Atlantic Coast from Canada to Florida.


He represented Corpus Christi as a member of the United States Commercial Congress to Mexico in 1923. Following the 1919 storm, which destroyed shipping facilities here, Judge Timon was elected president of the Chamber of Commerce and immediately advocated a re-survey of the entire port problem in this section and was one of those whose efforts resulted in the establishment of the Corpus Christi Port.

Judge Timon was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity and the Elks Club.

Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. today at Dunne Chapel. Funeral mass will be celebrated at Corpus Christi Cathedral at 9:30 a.m. Monday. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery under the direction of Dunne Funeral Home.

From the Corpus Christi Caller Times, August, 1954
Contributed by Lacey Sparks