Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1943

DAVID L. JAMESON was born June 3, 1927 in Ranger, TX. He attended Ranger High School in the Class of 1943. David served in WWII in the U.S. Navy & used the GI Bill to complete undergraduate work in Biology & in 1952 he earned his doctorate in Zoology, Genetics and Paleontology under the emerging paradigms of the Modern Synthesis and was the first doctoral student of W. Frank Blair. In the 1950s and 1960s, Dr. Dave (as he was known to us) developed an extensive research program on the evolutionary biology of the Pacific Tree Toad, Hyliola regilla, while teaching at Pacific University, the University of Oregon, & San Diego State University (SDSU). While at the University of Oregon, he set up a joint program in herpetology with Oregon State University and was a co-founder of the Oregon Herpetological Society. In 1967, he moved to the University of Houston as Dean of the Graduate School. He was married to Marianne Mayo Jameson who passed away in 2020. WIFE: MARIANNE MAYO JAMESON, resident of Danville, CA, passed away on Oct. 11, 2020 at her home at age 92 after a brief illness from pneumonia and lung cancer. Marianne was born in Dallas, TX on Oct. 27, 1927. She was raised in Dallas and attended the University of Texas at Austin where she received a B.A. in Liberal Arts, Plan II, in 1949. She met her husband of 66 years, David Jameson, in Austin. She earned her M.A. in Political Science at San Diego State in 1967 and her Ph.D. at the University of Houston in 1974 while raising four children. Marianne taught as a Professor of Political Science at Texas Southern University for 20 years until 1988. After retiring to Danville with David, Marianne was a part-time Instructor at Diablo Valley College from 1990-2008. She was involved in community activities by serving on the Contra Costa Grand Jury for three years (Fore Person in 1990-91). She was active in the Contra Costa County and California Grand Jurors Associations. Marianne also was on the Elections Advisory Panel, Contra Costa County Charter Commission, Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Commission and Juvenile Systems Planning Advisory Committee. Marianne grew prize-winning roses in her large garden and was active in the Mount Diablo Rose Society from 1988-2020, and President from 2007-2009. Marianne traveled worldwide to Japan, Bulgaria, Russia, Western and Eastern Europe, Canada, and Mexico, where she visited the erupting Paricutin volcano in the 1940s. Most important to Marianne was her husband & family. She is survived by her children, Roy Jameson of Blacksburg, VA, David Laurence Jameson of Austin, TX, Robert Jameson of Danville, CA, and Carol Kuykendall of Atascocita, TX. She has six grandchildren, Brian Jameson, Megan Jameson, Kristen Foley, Hilton Kuykendall, Michael Kuykendall, Marissa Straps & four great-grandchildren, Mack Jones, David Straps, Brianna Kuykendall & Bradley Kuykendall.