Dallam County Judge
Incumbent David D. Field
By Robin Scott
On the bench since 1986, David D. Field is one of the senior members of the judiciary in Dallam County. Field’s background is in engineering, having graduated with his Bachelor of Science and Master’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Texas Tech University in 1975. Before going to college, Field graduated from Dalhart High School and is a member of the class of 1968.
Holding such a prominent position within the community brings many other obligations and interests for Field. He serves as Chairman for the Dalhart Area Child Care Center, sits on the boards for the Panhandle Work force Development Board, Panhandle Regional Hospital Finance Corporation, Dalhart Community Education, and the Texas County Judges Judicial Education Board. He is the Chairman for the Dallam County Industrial Development Board, the past Chairman for the West Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association and a past Director for the Texas Association of Counties.
A few of Field’s personal accomplishments include a patent for a Agricultural Recirculating Sprayer, he manufactured agricultural chemical spray equipment and car wash facilities, helped to develop the Dalhart Area Child Car Center and the XIT Secondary Alternative School. Field has also been a teacher at Dalhart High School. He taught science and math from 1980 to 1986. Field also teaches computer courses at Frank Phillips College as well as is a Judicial Education Instructor for Texas Judges.
Field’s wife, Carolyn, is the Principal for the XIT School. The Fields’ have three daughters, who include Major Gloria Ensser, United States Air Force, Tonia Hudson, a Physician’s Assistant in Amarillo who is often seen on the field at Golden Wolves football games, and Attorney Callie Field, who is the Director for T-Mobile in Austin. Anyone who knows the Fields knows them as the doting grandparents of three young grandsons and three little granddaughters. The Fields are members of First Baptist Church in Dalhart, where Field is a Deacon and teacher. The Fields also farm 320 acres with 110 under irrigation. Their crops include corn and wheat and they manage a small Angus cow herd.