David Seim

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David Ray Seim

(Banker and business advocate in Lubbock, Texas)

Banker David Seim of Lubbock, TX.jpg

Born October 22, 1945
Corpus Christi, Texas
Died November 25, 2018 (aged 73)
Lubbock, Texas
Political Party Republican[1]
Spouse Paula Jane Cloud Seim

Three children:
Hunter Seim
Spencer David Seim
Evan Elizabeth Sanford<r> Seven grandchildren

Religion Non-denominational Christian

David Ray Seim (October 22, 1945 – November 25, 2018), was a banker and businessman from Lubbock, Texas. His last position was the chairmanship of Happy State Bank, which he assumed in 2012.


A former shoe salesman and employee of CIT Loans, Seim subsequently devoted more than forty years to the banking industry. He retired in 2010 as vice chairman of the West Texas Division of Plains Capital Bank, but he soon re-entered the banking world at Happy State Bank. He was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, one of three children of Grace Estelle (1912-2003) and Walter Max Seim (1908-1981), who are interred at Resthaven Memorial Park in Lubbock.[2] The family relocated to Lubbock in 1957 when David was twelve years of age. He attended Smylie Wilson Junior High School and graduated from Monterey High School in Lubbock in 1963, at which he played on the football team and was elected senior class president. Thereafter, he graduated from Texas Tech University, also in Lubbock.[3] He was a past chairman of the advisory board of the Texas Tech School of Banking and the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University in University Park, near Dallas, Texas. He held the Chairman's Award from the Independent Bankers’ Association of Texas and the William Tinney Award for Ethics in Business from the Rotary International Club of Metropolitan Lubbock.[3]

At Texas Tech, he met his wife, the former Paula Jane Cloud (November 17, 1945 – July 24, 2019), a native of Dalhart in the northwestern corner of the Texas Panhandle In 2000, Mrs. Seim received the "Woman of Distinction Award" from the Girl Scouts of Caprock Council. She was also a devotee of music and dance. On her death at the age of seventy-three, her services were held at the historic Cactus Theatre in downtown Lubbock.[4] The couple wed in 1966 and had three children, J. Hunter Seim (born 1968), now of Craig, Colorado; Spencer David Seim (born 1974) of Taos, New Mexico, and Evan Elizabeth Sanford (born 1977) of Lubbock. Seim joined the staff of Plains National Bank in Plains in Yoakum County, Texas. In that capacity he coordinated the construction of the bank building at 50th Street and University Avenue in Lubbock. He then worked for American National Bank in Amarillo but returned to Lubbock for a position at Lubbock National Bank. He eventually returned to Plains, which had become Plains Capital. Throughout his life, he was devoted to the economic expansion of the Lubbock community and the growth of Texas Tech. His life philosophy was "Service above self", which he followed with memberships on the boards of Covenant Hospital, the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech, the South Plains Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Lubbock Country Club, the United Way, and the March of Dimes.[3] A past chairman of the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce and the chamber political action committee, he chaired the Progress Lubbock ballot measure in 2003, which made possible the Lubbock Economic Development Alliance.[5]

Services were held on November 29, 2018, at Trinity Church, a non-denominational congregation in Lubbock.[3] Lubbock Mayor Daniel Manning "Dan" Pope described Seim as "a dear friend and mentor to me for the past twenty-five years. A faithful husband, a great dad, a superb businessman, and a strong community partner, David will be greatly missed. Paula and his family are in our prayers."[5] In 2013, Seim appeared on the radio program, Faith Matters on KTTZ FM in Lubbock. On the broadcast, he discussed servant leadership, financial demons, and following whereever Jesus Christ leads with co-hosts Ryon Price and David Cruz.[6] Seim's services were held at Trinity Church in Lubbock.[3]


  1. David Seim. Mylife.com. Retrieved on January 2, 2019.
  2. Grace Seim. Findagrave.com. Retrieved on January 2, 2019.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 David Seim obituary. The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (November 28, 2018). Retrieved on January 2, 2019.
  4. Paula Seim obituary. Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (July 25, 2019).
  5. 5.0 5.1 Happy State Bank Chairman David Seim passes away. KCBD-TV (November 26, 2018). Retrieved on January 2, 2018.
  6. Paul Allen Hunton (April 28, 2013). Faith Matters: David Seim President of Happy State Bank. Radio.kttz.org. Retrieved on January 16, 2019.