About Brother John. L. DeGrazier

Brother John. L. DeGrazier

Brother John. L. DeGrazier was born on August 27, 1878 in Terrell, Texas, and lived in Dallas more then half a century. He was in the wholesale jewelry business at first with the firm of Moore and DeGrazier; later he was a partner in the Lyles-Van-DeGrazier wholesale Jewelry Company. He was also the Director of the Dallas Manufacturers and Wholesale Association.

More then anything Brother DeGrazier was an enthusiastic Freemason and a member of both the Scottish and York Rites. He was raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason in 1904 in Dallas Lodge #760. Brother DeGrazier was a Past Master of Trinity Valley Lodge #1048; Past Potentate of Hella Shrine, serving as Potentate in 1927; Past District Deputy Grand Master of Masonic District 14; Past Sovereign of the St. Mark Conclave #13 Red Cross of Constantine (1953); Past Director of the Royal Order of Jesters (1947); and a lifetime member of Dallas Chapter #1, Order of the Eastern Star. He was thrice President of the High Noon Club of Dallas. For many years he was Chairman of the Scottish Rite Membership Committee and was a leading advocate of the establishment of a Lodge in north Dallas.

He was a Past President of the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital serving in that role from 1949 to 1950. In his later years he dedicated most of his attention to the work of the Scottish Rite with particular interest in the development of the hospital. At the time of his death he was serving as a member of the Board of Trustee's of the Scottish Rite Hospital.

Brother DeGrazier received the 32nd Degree of Scottish Rite on April 27, 1905. He served as Venerable Master of the Dallas Lodge of Perfection. He was elected to the Rank and Decoration of Knight Commander to the Court of Honour on October 19. 1937 and was crowned a 33rd Degree Inspector General Honorary by the Supreme Council of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, Southern Jurisdiction on December 4, 1943.

In addition to his work in Masonry, Brother DeGrazier was an enthusiastic and dedicated member of St. Matthews Episcopal Cathedral serving as Vestryman and Senior Warden and was well known for greeting parishioners in his red tie on the front steps of the Cathedral.

Brother John L. DeGrazier passed away on December 13, 1954 in Dallas at the age of 76. Indicative of the love and respect for Brother DeGrazier was honored in death by lying in state at the Scottish Rite Cathedral prior to his burial. He was the second member of the Dallas Scottish Rite Valley to have this honor bestowed. On the occasion of his death a Resolution of Appreciation and Affection was placed in the permanent archives of Hella Shrine, Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, and reads as follows:

"May God's gift of memory bring to the innumerable host of friends and brethren comfort and peace through the recollection of the happy fellowship and cooperative service which has been shared with our illustrious brother, John L. DeGrazier"

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