Executive Officer of Texas DeMolay
J. Weldon Clampitte
was born in Houston, Texas on December 28, 1935, and graduated from
San Jacinto High School in 1955. He attended Houston Community College
and the University of Houston. He joined the Bellaire Fire Department
in 1955 and left in 1957 to join the Houston Police Department.
He attended the Houston Police Academy in 1957 and was employed
by the HPD for 27 years. He served three years in Radio Patrol and
Dispatch, 7 years in Juvenile and 17 years as a detective in the
Homicide Division. He retired from HPD and joined the Harris County
District Attorney's Office as a Senior Investigator where he
has served for 17 years.
involved in law enforcement for so many years, it only seemed natural
that he find the love of his life in the police department. Weldon
met Laura Lee Faulkner while both of them worked for HPD, marrying
her a year and a half after he retired and only four days before
he went to work for Harris County. Between them they have five children,
all of which Weldon considers as his. Weldon has two girls and a
son and Laura has two girls. They also have four grandchildren,
two girls and two boys. He is an active member of First Methodist
Church in Houston.
his degrees of Craft Masonry on February 5, 1959 in Bellaire Lodge
No. 1336 and later served as Worshipful Master of that Lodge in
1977-78. He affiliated with Gray Lodge No. 329 in 1988 and served
as Worshipful Master of that lodge in 1992-93. He is a charter member
of J.W. Chandler Lodge No. 1452 and served as its Charter Treasurer
until 1992. Weldon affiliated with Holland Lodge No. 1 in 1999 and
Tranquility Lodge No. 2000 in 2000 as a charter member. He is an
endowed member in all of these lodges. Bellaire Lodge recognized
his leadership and dedication to Freemasonry when they honored him
as a recipient of the Golden Trowel Award.
He served as
Grand Senior Deacon of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas
for R.W. J.D. Buddy Baccus in 1983, District Deputy Grand Master
for R.W. John E. Jack Kelly in 1987, and as Grand Marshall for R.W.
A. D. Hanna in 1992. He was the Regional Coordinator for Houston
for the Grand Master's conferences in the years 1985-1991,
1993 and 1996. Weldon has also served many years on and has frequently
been Chairman of the Grievances and Appeals Committee for the Grand
Lodge. He also served as Chairman of the Statistics Committee and
as an Assistant State Coordinator for R.W. W. Vernon Burke, Jr.
and M.W. David B. Dibrell.
exalted a Royal Arch Mason in Washington Chapter No. 2 on June 18,
1977, and is an endowed member. He served as High Priest in 1986-87,
Treasurer from 1987-2001 and received the Order of High Priesthood
in 1986. He served as the Grand Royal Arch Captain in 1989 for the
Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Texas for V.E. Ferris Benham, District
Deputy Grand High Priest in 1990 for V.E. J.D. Buddy Baccus, Grand
Orator in 1995 for V.E. William Schroeder and in 2001 as Grand Marshal
for M.E. Robert P. Bob Walker. He has served on the Grievances and
Appeals Committee since 1998. He also served as State Coordinator
for the York Rite Workshop Program in 1991 and 1994.
He was greeted
a Royal and Select Master in Houston Council No. 1 on June 18, 1977
and is an endowed member. He served as Thrice Illustrious Master
of that council in 1987-88, Treasurer from 1987-2001 and received
the Order of the Silver Trowel in 1986. He was appointed District
Deputy Grand Master in the Grand Council in 1991 for V.I. Richard
Coates and as Grand Marshal in 1999 for V.I John Charles Elkinton.
He has served on both the Purpose and Policies Committee and the
Awards and Honors Committee.
knighted in Ruthven Commandery No. 2 on March 23, 1979 and marched
on their drill team for over 12 years. He affiliated with Houston
Commandery No. 95 and served as the Commander of that Commandery
in 1989. He is an endowed member of both Commanderies. He has served
on the Public Relations Committee for the Grand Commandery of Texas
for 1990 to 1999 and was the creator of the Cross and Crown Award
and the Excalibur Award. He has also served as the editor for the
Texas Insert for the Knight Templar Magazine for the last two years.
He received his Knight York Cross of Honor in 1990 in Texas Priory
No. 23 and was a charter member of Thomas H. Rideout Priory No.
75, serving as its Eminent Prior in 1998. He was knighted in Texas
York Rite College No. 14 in 1985 and was a charter member of Gulf
Coast York Rite College No. 106, serving as Pre-Eminent Governor
in 1996. He received the Order of the Purple Cross from the Sovereign
York Rite College in 1997. He is also a member of the Resurrection
Tabernacle XXI, Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priest, where he
currently serves as the 6th Pillar. He is currently serving as Viceroy
for the San Jacinto Conclave of the Red Cross of Constantine.
the Scottish Rite Degrees in the Valley of Houston in 1965 and is
an endowed member, serving as the head of two of its bodies. He
received his Knight Commander of the Court of Honor in 1977 and
was coroneted a Thirty-Third Degree Inspector General Honorary in
as Chairman of the Advisory Board of Sam B. Cantey Chapter, Order
of DeMolay for five years and holds the Honorary Legion of Honor.
He was appointed as the Personal Representative of the Grand Master
of DeMolay for the State of Texas in 2001. He is a member of Bluebell
Chapter No. 856, Order of the Eastern Star, and served as Worthy
Patron in 1987. He is a member of Houston Council, Allied Masonic
Degrees and has received the Red Branch of Eri. He was Excellent
Chief of Anson Jones Council No. 47, Knight Masons in 1998. He is
a member of the Texas Lodge of Research where he has served in several
of the appointed offices.
Weldon is a
man and Mason known to be true to his word and never without an
opinion to share. He is a leader with direction, having a definite
destination along with the motivation to get there. A true Mason's