Lucius Desha Bunton III

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Lucius Desha Bunton III (December 1, 1924 – January 17, 2001) was a United States federal judge.

Born in Del Rio, Texas, Bunton was a Private in the United States Army, 76th Infantry Division, during World War II, from 1943 to 1946. He received a B.A. from the University of Texas in 1947 and a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in 1950. He was in private practice in Uvalde, Texas from 1950 to 1951, and in Marfa, Texas from 1951 to 1954. He was a District attorney of 83rd Judicial District of Texas from 1954 to 1960, returning to private practice in Odessa, Texas from 1960 to 1979.

On October 11, 1979, Bunton was nominated by President Jimmy Carter to a seat on the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas vacated by John H. Wood. Bunton was confirmed by the United States Senate on November 26, 1979, and received his commission on November 27, 1979. He served as chief judge from 1987 to 1992, assuming senior status on December 1, 1992. Bunton served in that capacity until his death, in Austin, Texas.

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