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Trinity Co. native, WWII hero dies at 92

By Chris Edwards

Trinity County native Jap C. Lott died at his home in Pearland at the age of 92 last Thursday.

Lott was born April 21, 1923 in Groveton to Howard and Ila Lott. He graduated Groveton High School in 1940, and was a lifetime member (L-041) of the Groveton Alumni Association.

A highly decorated combat veteran, Lott loved his country and served in the Army Air Corps. He reached the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He enlisted in the service in 1942 and was a fighter pilot in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Among the missions he flew, he took part in tactical reconnaissance and bombing missions as part of the 82nd Tacical Reconnaissance Squadron of the 71st Tactical Recon Group, 5th Airforce.

After returning home and graduating from South Texas College of Law in 1951, Lott launched a career in Houston as a highly respected attorney for over 50 years.

He was married to his wife Louise, whom he is survived by, for 71 years. They spent most of their lives involved with their daughters’ activities, and traveled all over the country in their motor homes, often meeting up with friends they made on their many travels. He loved being outdoors, whether on the bay in Bacliff where they had their bay house, or raising cattle and gardening at the farm in Yoakum. He was an avid fisherman and hunter, gin-rummy player and reader. His favorite thing to do in later years after losing his eyesight was to listen to national news stations on TV to keep his mind active and keep up with politics. He was a wonderful storyteller, had a sharp mind until the end, and constantly amazed people with his ability to remember details and dates of events that had occurred throughout his life.

Lott was a member of many organizations and clubs through his life, including the State Bar of Texas, the Houston Bar Association, the Texas Trial Lawyers’ Association, 50+ year member of Eastern Star Lodge #284 of the Grand Lodge of Texas, Life Member of The Royal Order of Jesters and Scottish Rite of Freemasonry.