Dr. Howard Dillard Jr.

Howard Lavon Dillard Jr. MD, 75, passed peacefully into heaven on February 21, 2022 in Webster, Texas.  He was a devoted husband for 52 years to Sharon and a dedicated father to Tiffany and Nicole.  He was often called “a second father” by many of Tiffany and Nicole’s friends as he and Sharon always had an open heart and welcoming home.  He is survived by his wife, Sharon Piperi Dillard; daughter, Nicole Dillard; sister, Gloria Jean Oeland; and numerous family members and friends.

Howard was born on July 27, 1946 in Joinerville, Texas to Howard L. Dillard, Sr. and Gertrude Yvonne Brown.  He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Texas and a Doctorate degree from the University of Texas Medical School in Galveston, Texas. Dr. Dillard worked as an Internist in the Clear Lake area for over 45 years and spent his life serving his community. He had an immense passion for caring for his patients.  In addition, he was the physician for the University of Houston at Clear Lake for 43 years. He thoroughly enjoyed his time interacting with the students and staff members. Serving as an educator and mentor to UTMB medical students throughout his career was a highlight in his life. He received the Top Doc award by the UTMB School of Medicine for his exemplary commitment to education.  

Known for his infectious laugh, he brought joy to his family and friends who were sacred to him.  His kindness and generosity was inspiring to all of us.  One of his most cherished hobbies was exploring fine dining and being a wine enthusiast, even being a part of a French food and wine club.  Howard and Sharon enjoyed all the cultural activities in Houston and the Bay Area including the Houston Symphony League and the Knights of Momus.   On weekends you could find him cheering on his revered UT Longhorns or with his adored puppy, Sophie, in the Starbucks line awaiting his daily latte and her whipped cream cup.  

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife Sharon, his daughter Nicole, family and friends. Dr. Dillard will always be remembered for his kind and loving soul and his desire to always help others.

His passing was preceded by his parents Howard L. Dillard, Sr. and Gertrude Yvonne Brown, his brother James Howard Dillard, and his beloved daughter Tiffany Elise Dillard. A visitation will be held on Monday, February 28, 2022 at 6 pm and a rosary to follow at 7 pm at Crowder Funeral home located on 111 East Medical Center Blvd in Webster, Texas. On Tuesday, March 1, 2022 a funeral service will be held at St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church at 10 am located at 3131 El Dorado Blvd, Houston Texas. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (www.pulmonaryfibrosis.org) or The Assistance League of the Bay Area in his name Dr. Howard L. Dillard Jr.

9 comments

  1. Rest in peace Howard. We have lost a respected physician and beloved friend.

    Crickett Lala
  2. A kind and caring doctor to my wife and I for over 30 years ,
    He also became a friend and many visits we would share a story or two about life experiences and often would have a belly laugh out two. He loved his clients and will be missed, RIP faithful Dr Dillard

    Jim and Donn Stoa
  3. Howard, you were a great physician and friend and we already miss you! The room would light up when you entered and brought with it those dancing intelligent eyes! Rest in peace for I know you and Tiffany are having a great reunion.

    Lou Radney and Larry Radney
  4. Truly an incredible doctor and the best friend I’ve ever had. He saved my life in 1979 and no matter where I lived, I always come back once a year for my yearly physical. If there was a health issue, he got on it and fixed it! I always knew I’d be ok as long as he took care of me. He truly loved his patients, we were all his life, he was a doctor to the very depth of his existence! Oh my, I’m not sure how to move forward without him…..this is going to be difficult. I’m so grateful for his constant care and devotion to all of us. I pray for his precious Nicole and Ms. Sharon who will miss him beyond any words can say. Heaven is the only place he would rest…..he just couldn’t stop being our doctor. Thank you Dr. Dillard for your years of loyal practice, I miss you terribly.

    Carol Brennan
  5. Deeply saddened by the loss of my colleague and dear friend Howard Dillard.
    May God bless his soul.
    Rest in peace Howard!

    Dr. Junaid A Khan
  6. Our Dr. and close friend for 25 years..there are no words adequate for his loss.
    Quentin J Leber, and Nancy E Leber.

    Quentin J Leber
  7. Great souls die and our reality, bound to them, takes leave of us.
    Our souls, dependent upon their nurture, now shrink, wizened.
    Our minds, formed and informed by their radiance,
 fall away.
    We are not so much maddened as reduced to the unutterable ignorance
 of
    dark, cold caves.

    And when great souls die, after a period peace blooms,
    slowly and always irregularly. Spaces fill with a kind of
    soothing electric vibration. Our senses, restored, never
    to be the same, whisper to us. They existed. They existed.
    We can be. Be and be better. For they existed.
    By Maya Angelou

    Barbara Wolfer
  8. My sincere condolences to Sharon and Tiffany. May the joy of life everlasting in God’s presence be Howard’s just reward.

    Mary Sue Anton Thursday, 17 March 2022 9:19.

    Mary Sue Anton
  9. Our family very happy to have a Dr. like Dr. Dillard. He was such an intelligent man and was caring for his patients and their families. We have lost a great person and it will be hard to replace him. Our love and prayers to Sharon and daughter and pray God will take care of you all.
    He also had very sweet help in his office and we appreciate them very much.

    Thelma A. Moser

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