JACK NELSON HAZARD, 57, of Sweetwater, TX, died on
Oct. 27, 1999. He was born on Sept. 23, 1942 in Ranger,
TX. He graduated from Ranger High School in the Class
of 1960 and attended Ranger Jr. College. Jack married
Shirley Jean Bearden in 1968 in Granbury. He was a
Baptist and a U.S. Veteran. He was employed with the
City of Sweetwater for 31 years as Public Works Director.
Survivors at the time of his death include his wife,
Shirley Jean Hazard of Sweetwater; one son, Chad Hazard
of Sweetwater, his mother, Bertha M. Hazard of Weatherford;
one sister, Deanne Carter (RHS-1957) also of Weatherford;
one brother, George Hazard, Jr. (RHS-1951), of Sweetwater;
six nephews and eight nieces.
He was preceded in death by one son, Chris Nelson Hazard,
in 1973, his father, George W. Hazard, Sr., in 1970 and
one brother Bob Hazard (RHS-1948).
Dedicated city worker Jack Hazard dies
Virtually all levels of Sweetwater City Government remain
saddened by the untimely death of one of its most dedicated
workers who suffered a heart attack while in his office at
the City Service Center late Wednesday.
Fifty-seven-year-old Jack Hazard was rushed to Rolling
Plains Hospital & later flown to Hendrick Medical Center
where he suffered a second heart attack and passed away.
According to Ida Rivera,Personnel Director for the City
of Sweetwater, the 31-year employee of the city exemplified
how one can work hard and move up the ladder of responsibility.
Hazard,a Ranger native, married Shirley Jean Bearden in
July of 1968 in Granbury.
The couple moved to Sweetwater where Hazard secured his
first with the city as a meter reader two months following
"He went to work September 23,1968 reading meters, then
worked his way on up," Rivera explained.
Hazard assumed the newly created position of Working Capitol
Fund Manager in March 1973. Then , after 18 months, became
Shop Supervisor at the City Service Center.
In October, 1975, Hazard was promoted to Street Supervisor,
and in May, 1981, to the Internal Services Director, a
position he held until his death Wednesday.
"That position calls for the direct supervision of all
equipment in buildings, motor fleet, vector control as
well as managing all of the purchases of items & supplies
as well as other duties," Rivera said.
Most recently Hazard had developed a close working relationship
with officers and workers at the TDCJ Works Camp who were among
those who expressed their sadness after learning of his death.