We are stunned at the news that our friend, judge, and leader Hon. Darlene Ewing has died. She passed shortly after noon on Friday, November 16, 2018 at the age of 64. It was a shock, and the loss is great. For some time, Darlene had fought a fierce battle with cancer. Though the cancer ultimately won the battle, Darlene pushed through and accomplished more in the last dozen years than most people accomplish in a lifetime.
Many of us met and knew Darlene only through politics. We saw first-hand, her devotion to the Dallas County Democratic Party (DCDP), and we often forgot that she had an active law practice and a life outside of politics.
Darlene earned her bachelor's degree from East Texas State University, and later earned her law degree from the University of Texas Law School in Austin. Upon graduation in 1978, Darlene began her legal career as a staff attorney for the Dallas Legal Aid Society. In 1980, she started work for the Dallas County Child Support Department. In 1982, she started her own family law practice. In 1986, Darlene was certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Family Law. For almost 40 years, she practiced family law in Dallas County, handling a myriad of family situations involving drug abuse, alcohol abuse, sex addiction, physical abuse, emotional abuse, domestic violence, child abuse, financial disputes, property disputes, and custody disputes. She took great pride in helping her clients and her outstanding reputation was well-deserved.
After serving as the President of the Lake Highlands/White Rock Democratic Club, Darlene ran for DCDP Chair. The Party needed her. The Chair had resigned, and now County Commissioner Theresa Daniel was serving as Acting Chair, while the Party prepared for an election. Darlene won that race handily and began serving as DCDP Chair in 2005. The following year, Darlene initiated and led the Party's first coordinated campaign, which resulted in a complete Democratic sweep of all county offices. Ewing went on to lead the Party for several more cycles, successfully keeping Dallas County blue.
After serving as the DCDP Chair for 10 years, Darlene resigned in 2015 to run for a family court bench, which she easily won. Ten days prior to her death, Darlene ran unopposed, and was re-elected, to the 254th Family District Court.
Darlene was a fighter but, thankfully, she passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family. She will be known as a good friend to many, an excellent lawyer, a respected judge, and an incredible strategist. During her 10-year term, Darlene ushered in an era of sweeping political change, which has lasted, and increased, for the past 12 years. She leaves a blue legacy for Dallas County and she made the world a better place.
Save the Dates (times will be forthcoming):
· Monday, November 19, 2018: Visitation at Sparkman Hillcrest Funeral Home, 7405 W. Northwest Highway, Dallas, TX 75225;
· Tuesday, November 20, 2018: Funeral at New Mount Zion Baptist Church at 9550 Shepherd Road, Dallas, TX 75243;
· Thursday, November 29, 2018: Memorial Service, sponsored by the DCDP at 6PM at the Hall of State, 3939 Grand Avenue, Dallas 75210;
· Thursday, November 29, 2018: Celebration of Life Party at 7:30PM at the DCDP Headquarters 4209 Parry Avenue, Dallas, TX 75223.
We hope you can join us for these tributes to Darlene Ewing. More specifics will be sent by email.
Carol Donovan, DCDP Chair