Deaths 12.31.10

Debie Denise Hackett, 40, died on Dec. 24. She was a therapist living in Dallas. She is survived by her parents, Ben and Ginger Hackett of Richardson; her brother and sister-in-law, Danny and Wendy Burks; and nephews Josh and Daniel of Whitewright, Texas. Friends and family will gather to remember her on Sunday, Jan. 2 at 3 p.m. at First United Lutheran Church, 6202 E. Mockingbird Lane in Dallas, in the back building separate from the main chapel.

Daniel Bennett Keenan of Dallas died peacefully at his home on Dec. 15. He was 55.
Dan was the son of William E. Keenan and the late Sue B. Keenan of Charlotte, N.C. He was born in Tulsa, Okla., and moved with his family to Houston in 1961. There he attended Bunker Hill Elementary, Memorial Junior High, and Memorial High School and was a member with his family of Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church.  He was active in Boy Scout Troop 703m where he became an Eagle Scout and senior patrol leader of the troop and twice participated in Rocky Mountain adventure camping at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico.

After graduation from the University of Texas, Austin, with a degree in marketing, he earned a Master of Business Administration from St. Edwards University, Austin.  He subsequently joined Southwest Bell Telephone Co. in its computer services department in Houston and after Southwest’s merger with AT&T transferred to Dallas.  He retired earlier in 2010.

Dan is survived by his sister, Kathleen Keys and husband Dennis Keys of Dallas; brother, James E. Keenan and wife Becky of Charlotte, N.C.; sister, Allison and partner Lee of Durham, N.C.; father William E. Keenan of Charlotte; partner Daniel B. Campos of Paris, France; and daughters, Elise and Laura.

The family will celebrate Dan’s life with a private gathering.  Those who wish to offer a memorial gift in his name are urged to consider A Sister’s Gift, 1515 N. Town East Blvd.#138-380, Mesquite, TX 75150  (www.asistersgift.org); Vitas Innovative Hospice Care, 8585 N. Stemmons Freeway, Suite 700, Dallas, TX 75247; or a church or charity of the giver’s choice.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition December 31, 2010.

—  Kevin Thomas

Tell your senators Marine Cpl. Danny Hernandez from Paradise, Texas, wants his damn job back!

Marine Cpl. Danny Hernandez

We received an e-mail on Wednesday from Cpl. Danny Hernandez, a Marine discharged under “don’t ask don’t tell” who came out to his family earlier this year by, of all things, writing an open letter to President Barack Obama. Hernandez, who’s from the small town of Paradise northwest of Fort Worth and graduated from Texas A&M University last year, now lives in Washington and is working with the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network.

Here at Instant Tea we’ve been pretty hard on Texas Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn lately, but Hernandez has a point: He says that although the two “have not been very helpful with this effort, we cannot remain complacent.”

“We cannot give up without having our voices heard,” Hernandez says. “Never in the seventeen years that this law has existed have we been so close to victory. … I hope to be wearing my uniform again soon.”

Below is Hernandez’s full e-mail including contact numbers for Hutchison and Cornyn. So what are you waiting for? You haven’t called yet?

Texas Friends and Allies –
As a Texan, an Aggie and a Marine discharged because of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” I am asking for your help.

Just two nights ago Senator Harry Reid announced that the vote on the National Defense Authorization Act, which includes the repeal of DADT, will be scheduled for next week. The momentum is high, but the fight is not over. We need your support.

Join Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, Lady Gaga, Senator Reid, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and all of our supporters across the nation in helping repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

Here’s what you can do:

Call Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison
DC Office: 202-224-5922
Austin Office: 512-916-5834
San Antonio Office: 210-340-2885
Abilene Office: 325-676-2839
Dallas Office: 214-361-3500
Harlingen Office: 956-425-2253
Houston Office: 713-653-3456

Call Senator John Cornyn
DC Office: 202-224-2934
Austin Office: 512-469-6034
Houston Office: 713-572-3337
Harlingen Office: 956-423-0162
Lubbock Office: 806-472-7533
San Antonio Office: 210-224-7485
Tyler Office: 903-593-0902
Dallas Office: 972-239-1310

Tell them that as a Texan, you urge them to vote with Senator Reid and Senator Carl Levin in opposing the filibuster, defeat amendments to strike repeal, and defeat any crippling amendments that would hinder the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

We cannot give up without having our voices heard. Never in the seventeen years that this law has existed have we been so close to victory.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you. I hope to be wearing my uniform again soon.

Warmly,
Danny Hernandez (former USMC Lance Corporal)

—  John Wright