Bush, Robert Grammar III [Bob] (1936–2002)

By: Sarah Jameson

Type: Biography

Published: March 22, 2017

Updated: July 28, 2020

Robert “Bob” Grammar Bush III, representative in the Texas legislature and well-known Grayson County lawyer, son of Robert Grammar Bush, Jr., and Margaret Irene (Woolard) Bush, was born at Kansas City, Missouri, on January 15, 1936. Bob Bush graduated from the University of Kansas and then served a brief stint in the United States Army. He attended law school at Southern Methodist University and New York University. On January 20, 1962, he married Wanda Baker in Dallas before moving to Sherman, Texas, a year later to join the law firm of Nance & Caston. The Sherman Jaycees honored Bush with their Outstanding Young Man Award in 1969.

In 1976 he was elected as a Democrat to the Texas House of Representatives where he introduced 139 bills during ten years of service in the Sixty-fifth through Sixty-ninth legislatures. His most important contribution as a legislator was his modification of the Texas Natural Death Act that allowed terminally-ill patients to orally order life-sustaining procedures withheld. As a representative, he served as chairman of the Judiciary Committee for the Sixty-seventh, Sixty-eighth, and Sixty-ninth legislatures and was unanimously elected as house majority leader for two consecutive terms. He also served on the Appropriations, Financial Institutions, State Affairs, Energy Resources, Social Services, and Business and Industry committees. In 1985 Representative Bush was honored as one of the “Ten Best Legislators from a Family Law Perspective” by the State Bar of Texas.

During his life as representative and lawyer, Bush supported Grayson County children by founding the Sherman Boys and Girls Club in his district. That same organization gave him the Golden Boy Award for his service. He also served as chairman of the Grayson County Child Welfare Board. For thirty-nine years he was a member of St. Stephens Episcopal Church where he participated in the choir, acted as a teacher, and was part of the Vestry. At Grayson County College, he provided instruction in business and real estate law. As a lawyer, he was president of the Grayson County Bar Association and associate director of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association. He published articles in the Texas Trial Lawyers Forum, the Texas Bar Journal, and the Texas Observer.

Robert “Bob” Grammar Bush lived in Sherman, Texas, where he raised Aberdeen-Angus cattle until his death. He died at home in his sleep on May 14, 2002; he was sixty-six years old and was buried in the Texas State Cemetery.

Legislative Reference Library of Texas: Bob Bush (http://www.lrl.state.tx.us/legeLeaders/members/memberDisplay.cfm?memberID=436&searchparams=chamber=~city=~countyID=0~RcountyID=~district=~first=~gender=~last=bush~leaderNote=~leg=~party=~roleDesc=~Committee=), accessed March 7, 2017. Texas State Cemetery: Robert Grammar Bush (http://www.cemetery.state.tx.us/pub/user_form.asp?step=1&pers_id=8070), accessed March 7, 2017. 

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