WM, RW Sirs, Sr. Warden, and Brethren: In light of the recent and devastating loss of R:.W:. David Dibrell, I have chosen to read excerpts of his bio from the GLOT website: David Benton Dibrell was born on May 26, 1938, in San Antonio, to John L. and Juanita (Pounds) Dibrell. He grew up in Big Spring, Texas, graduated from Big Spring High School and completed his education at Howard County Junior College and the University of Texas in Austin. He married his high school sweetheart, Marlene Marie Mann, and they have two daughters, Jo D. Dibrell and Jill; and two grandsons, Steven and Benton. The Dibrell’s are active members of the First United Methodist Church in Richardson, having served on the Administrative Board, Finance Committee, and sponsored youth groups.
Grand Master Dibrell was initiated an Entered Apprentice Mason in Richardson Masonic Lodge No. 1214 on December 14, 1971, and raised a Master Mason on March 23, 1972. He served as Master of Ceremonies in 1972-73, advanced through each office and was elected to serve as Worshipful Master in 1979-1980. He has held an esoteric certificate since 1982. An Endowed Member since 1987, he received the Golden Trowel Award in 1992 and was presented a Life Membership in 1995.
A plural member of Holland No. 1 in Houston and Knox Corinthian No. 851 in Richardson, Grand Master Dibrell was instrumental in Knox Corinthian’s move to Richardson in 1997. He was also a Past Master of Knox Corinthian, and a plural member of James Ladd Burgess No. 1305, Mercedes No. 1010, and Tranquility No. 2000.
In 1989 and in 1990, Grand Master Dibrell served as Chairman of the Grand Lodge Special Assignments Committee which developed the Grand Lodge Insurance Program. He served as Assistant State Coordinator in 1993 and later as Grand Pursuivant P.T. for Grand Master R. O. “Bob” Schnell. He began his service as Chairman of the Committee on Masonic Education and Service in 1993, continuing until his election as Grand Junior Warden. While serving as Chairman, Grand Master Dibrell developed and implemented the Wardens Retreat Program for Lodge Leadership Training. He served as State Coordinator and Grand Orator in 1994 for Grand Master Billy Tinsley and as Grand Marshal in 1997 for Grand Master Joe Regian.