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Chief David John Hammonds
April 28, 1946 ~ September 18, 2023 (age 77) 77 Years Old
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A gathering to celebrate the life of Chief David John Hammonds is scheduled for Tuesday, September 26, 2023, from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM, at St. Therese Parish Hall in Canton, TX.
On September 18, 2023, End of Watch came for Chief David John Hammonds. He left this world just as he would have wished – in uniform, at his duty desk, with his boots on, watching over the community he cherished.
Born on April 28th, 1946, to Mr. & Mrs. James David Hammonds in the vibrant town of Waco, Texas, David's journey through life was marked by unwavering dedication, service, and love.
David's roots were firmly planted in Winnsboro, Texas, where he proudly wore the Winnsboro HS Indians' football jersey during his youth. After graduating, he embarked on a diverse career path, briefly attending Tyler Junior College and exploring the realms of cosmetology and machining. However, destiny had different plans for him.
In 1968, David took the momentous step of enrolling in the Department of Public Safety recruit school. This pivotal decision led to a remarkable 50+ year career in law enforcement. In April of 1969, he was commissioned, beginning a lifelong commitment to protecting and serving his community. His tenure with DPS spanned three decades, encompassing various services, and culminating in his distinguished role in the Narcotics Service. While he retired from DPS in 1997, his dedication to law enforcement never wavered.
David relocated his family to Edgewood, Texas, where he assumed the role of Investigator for the Van Zandt County District Attorney's office. He later took on the position of Canton Police Chief and Edgewood Police Chief, displaying his dedication to "serving in the trenches" as described by a dear friend and colleague.
In 1982, David married the love of his life, Nancy, sharing 41 years of love, partnership, and two beloved sons. His passion extended beyond the precincts of law enforcement, as he reveled in tending to his property, raising goats and llamas, and meticulously maintaining his surroundings on his tractor, zero turn, and mule. David's love for his family, his profession, and his community defined his purpose.
Chief David John Hammonds was preceded in death by his parents, James and Winnie, sister Mary Christine, and brother Berry. He is survived by his devoted wife, Nancy, and their sons James "J.R." Hammonds and his wife Wendy of Frost, TX, and David "Donovan" Hammonds of Grand Saline, TX, as well as his non-blood son, Dustin Coil. David is also fondly remembered by his sister, Kay Joiner of Winnsboro, along with grandchildren Erik Glass, John David Hendricks, Eli James Hammonds, and great-grandchild Wilson Glass, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations to the Texas Fallen Officer Foundation, Edgewood Youth Sports Association, or a charity of your choice.
Chief David John Hammonds' legacy of service, dedication, and love will forever resonate within the hearts of those he touched. He leaves behind a community and family who will forever be grateful for his unwavering commitment and profound impact. Rest in peace, Chief Hammonds. Your watch may have ended, but your memory lives on.