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Former Senator Robert J. Glasgow to be laid to rest at Texas State Cemetery in Austin.


Hon. Robert J. Glasgow (Feb. 28, 1942 – Sept. 22, 2023)

Senator Bob Glasgow passed away Sept. 22, 2023 following a long, courageous battle with cancer.


Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2023, at First Baptist Church, Stephenville, Texas.


Visitation will be prior to the service at 1 p.m. He will be laid to rest at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin, Texas.

Senator Glasgow was born Feb. 28, 1942 to Wenona and Weldon Glasgow. In 1965 Bob married his college sweetheart, Deanna Carr, and together they had four children, Delaina Taylor, Holli Isham, Jody Glasgow and Heather Glasgow.


Following graduation from high school in 1960, Bob felt a calling to serve his country and joined the United States Army. Following his service overseas in France and other parts of Europe, Bob was honorably discharged in 1963. Bob’s service to his country was just the beginning of what would become a lifetime of dedicated service to his community, state, country and family.


Following his military service, Bob obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Government from Tarleton State University in 1967. Throughout his tenure at Tarleton, Bob was involved in every facet of student government.


He was elected Class President, to the Student Senate, and ultimately Student Body President. Bob’s commitment to Tarleton did not end with his graduation. He was later recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus, served as Vice President of the Texan Club, and served as Chairman of the Texan Club Finance Committee for over 25 years.

Upon graduation from Tarleton, Bob attended The University of Texas School of Law in Austin. While in law school, he worked as an Administrative Assistant to Texas Governor Preston Smith.


Upon graduation in 1970 with a Doctor of Jurisprudence, Bob embarked on a 53-year career as a distinguished trial lawyer. He began by opening a law office in Stephenville with his cousin and best friend, Don Jones.


In 1972 he was elected as the District Attorney for the 29th Judicial District of Texas and quickly earned the reputation as one of the top prosecutors in the state.


Bob continued to serve the citizens of Erath, Hood and Palo Pinto counties as their District Attorney until 1980 when he was elected to the Texas Senate. He continued to practice law in Stephenville until 2023.


Senator Glasgow continued to pursue his sense of duty to public service by running for and being elected to the Texas Senate in 1980. In his 13-year distinguished career in the Texas Senate,

Senator Glasgow dedicated himself to fighting for the citizens of the 22 counties he represented in his Senate District.


Senator Glasgow was widely recognized as one of the hardest working, most effective members of the Senate.


Over the course of his esteemed Senate career, he served on over 50 committees, boards and task forces.


Senator Glasgow served as Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, Chairman of the Jurisprudence Committee and Chairman of the powerful State Affairs Committee.


In 1991, served as President Pro Tem of the Senate and as Governor of the State of Texas on May 11, 1991.


Senator Glasgow received numerous awards and honors for his service in the Texas Senate.


Notably, he was recognized as one of the Ten Best Legislators by Texas Monthly; Instant Superstar by the Houston Chronicle; Friend of Education by the Texas State Teacher’s Assoc.; Humanitarian of the Year by the NAACP; and numerous other Legislator of the Year awards.


Senator Glasgow’s lifetime of service was also embodied in his commitment to Freemasonry and The Scottish Rite.

He was first initiated into Stephenville Masonic Lodge No. 267 in 1967. Over the course of his lifetime, he was a member in good standing of the following lodges: Stephenville 267, Hannibal 564, Tranquility 2000, Bluff Dale 724, Tabernacle 1195, and Sweet Home 476. From 2002 until his passing, Bob was an Honorary member of the Glasgow Lodge No. 441 in Glasgow, Scotland.


Senator Glasgow received the 32nd Degree in Scottish Rite in 1971. Bob’s dedication to Freemasonry was recognized in 1983 when the 33rd Degree of Scottish Rite Masons was conferred upon him by the Supreme Council.


The 33rd degree is sparingly conferred on members who have made major contributions to humanity, society, and Masonry in general. Bob received many Masonic honors including the Sam Houston Award by the Grand Lodge of Texas in 2003 and the prestigious Anson Jones Award by the Fort Worth Scottish Rite Bodies in 2006.


Senator Glasgow’s legacy is from a lifetime dedicated to public service, but to the family, Bob will be remembered most as the caring, generous, and loving patriarch of his family.


He will forever be affectionately remembered by the entire family as “Big Bob” – the name given to him by his grandchildren as toddlers more than 30 years ago.


There was never a problem that was too big or too small to seek Big Bob’s guidance. And he was always there to help.

Bob loved to play golf, dominos, snow ski, take trips to the beach and hunt. But he mainly loved those activities because it was time spent with family and friends.


Bob loved traditions. He cherished each holiday but none more than Christmas where all of Bob’s children, grandchildren and great grandchildren spent the night at his house.


Senator Glasgow is survived by his wife, Deanna, and their children, Delaina Taylor and husband Sam, Holli Isham and husband Shay, and Robert J. Glasgow, Jr. (Jody) and wife Shawna. He is survived by his grandchildren Mikah Taylor and husband Justin, Trey Taylor and wife Shelby, Madison Taylor (wife of grandson Austin Taylor), Tyler Isham, Grant Isham, Maren Isham, Chandler Glasgow, and Gray Glasgow. He is survived by great-grandchildren Boston Taylor, Lennux Haschke, Emmerson Haschke, Dru Taylor, Peyton Taylor, Jase Taylor, Nora Jane Taylor, and Della Rae Taylor. He is survived by one sister, Nancy Golightly and husband Paul. He is survived by numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.


He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Heather Glasgow, grandson Austin Taylor, brother Tommy Glasgow and his wife Katy.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the charity of your choice, or:


The Scottish Rite for Children Hospital

2222 Welborn Street,

Dallas, Texas 75219

Hannibal Lodge #564

26275 Highway 108

Stephenville, Texas 76401


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James Yelvington
James Yelvington
Sep 25, 2023

For 30 years I have watched Bob Glasgow sit alongside the grand master during our annual communications in Waco - as a very well informed parliamentarian. He was an active Freemason - receiving his honors for actual work in the quarries of masonry (and not for merely being a politician).

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