Jap C. Lott, WWII Hero, Houston Attorney

lott2Jap C. Lott, 92, passed away peacefully on November 12, 2015 in his home in Pearland, TX surrounded by his family.  Jap was born April 21, 1923 in Groveton, TX to Howard and Ila Lott. He is preceded in death by his parents and his only brother, Raymond Lott.

He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Louise Chandler Lott; daughters: Cindy Ferris and husband Mark, and Sherry Kay and husband Mark; 5 grandchildren: Jocelyn Register, Ryan Penn and wife Rachel, Amber Penn, Alyssa Sweet and husband Tim, and Sam Kay; 2 great- grandchildren: Jackson Register and Leah Sweet; sister in law, Wanda Lott; numerous nieces and nephews.

Jap loved his country and served in the Army Air Corps, reaching the rank of Lt. Colonel. He enlisted in 1942 and was a fighter pilot in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He flew tactical reconnaissance and bombing missions as a member of the 82nd Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron of the 71st Tactical Recon Group, 5th Airforce. His squadron was the first in the Pacific to receive a fleet of P-51 Mustangs and he flew 76 missions in that aircraft, the longest mission being 8 hours 20 minutes.  He also flew 75 missions in the P-40 Warhawk. His active service ended in 1947, but he served in the Air Corps Reserves until 1958.  Jap received the Silver Star Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, The Presidential Unit Citation and 9 Battle Stars.

Jap graduated from South Texas College of Law in 1951 and practiced law in Houston for over 50 years. He kept his law license active and in later years, helped many friends, neighbors and others by preparing wills, answering legal questions and connecting them with legal assistance.

He was married to Louise for 71 years. They spent most of their lives involved with their daughters’ activities, and traveled all over the country in their motor homes, often meeting up with friends they made on their many travels. He loved being outdoors, whether on the bay in Bacliff where they had their bay house, or raising cattle and gardening at the farm in Yoakum. He was an avid fisherman and hunter, gin-rummy player and reader. His favorite thing to do in later years after losing his eye sight was to listen to national news stations on TV to keep his mind active and keep up with politics. He was a wonderful storyteller, had a sharp mind until the end, and constantly amazed people with his ability to remember details and dates of events that had occurred throughout his life.

Jap was a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Houston Bar Association, the Texas Trial Lawyers’ Association, 50+ year member of Eastern Star Lodge #284 of the Grand Lodge of Texas, Life Member of The Royal Order of Jesters and Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, 50 Year Life Member of the Arabia Drum and Bugle Corps of the Arabia Shrine Temple, Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and was a Past President of Golfcrest Country Club.

The family would like to thank the staff of the UTMB ICU unit, the staff at the Veteran’s Hospital Low Vision Clinic’s VISOR Program, and Hospice Care Team who were all so helpful and supportive.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, November 15, 2015 from 4 pm to 6 pm at Crowder Funeral Home in Pearland. Funeral service will be held Monday, November 16, 2015 at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Crowder Funeral Home.  Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Michael E. DeBakey Low Vision Clinic VISOR Program (Michael E. DeBakey V.A. Medical Center, 2002 Holcomb Blvd., Houston 77030, Attn: Voluntary Services, Memo: VISOR Program) or a military organization of your choosing.lott1


  1. What a true American hero. So sorry for your loss. Prayers for you all.

    The Adams Family
  2. I met this amazing hero several years ago at the Wings over Houston Airshow. My friend Lisa Todd had the honor of being a family friend and told me that I should go meet Jap at the Heroes tent. As a former Marine, I can definitely appreciate what he did for our beloved USA. RIP brother. Semper Fi!

    Al Giraldo Sr.

  4. Steve and I were honored and privilege to have you as a neighbor.
    Your detailed stories about your missions in Japan transcends in time. Thank you for your service and may you soar in all eternity.

    Linda & Steve Gionet

    Linda & Steve Gionet
  5. Jap Lott was a very dear friend indeed. He was a most kind and honorable man for which I feel very blessed to have met many years ago with my late husband. His help when I needed it most is so very much appreciated and will never be forgotten. I will miss his wise counsel and wonderful sense of humor. God bless.

    Dolly Anger
  6. I will always remember the fun adult parties at the neighborhood houses ( when I was supposed to be in bed !) and relaxing summer days at the bay. We are all so proud to say we knew you. You will be missed by many. Karen Winkler Winchell

    Karen Winkler Winchell
  7. The People of America Thank You Sir for your dedication and service to
    our beloved country. It is people like you that have given us the enjoyment
    of our Freedom. God Bless You.

    The People of America
  8. Mr. Lott passed on the same day I turned 71, and though I had lost track of him after leaving home on my own from the Park Place area in ’66, I can remember him doing some legal work for my dad, Jim C. Steed, who attended high school in Groveton. Mr. Lott was a cousin to my uncle, Lloyd K. James, also from Groveton and I recall several times as a child going with my dad and uncle Lloyd to visit Mr. Lott at his office on the Gulf Fwy. near Griggs Rd. Had I known that the Lott’s lived here in Pearland where I’ve lived for over 42 years and was the Fire Chief and then Fire Marshal for over 30 years, I would have visited them often as Mr. Lott was such a wonderful person as I’m sure his wife is. My hat’s off to Mr. Lott for his military service to our great nation!

    Larry J. Steed
  9. Homer Lott loved Jap. He shared stories of their lives together with me. Homer died in 1983. Rest in peace dear loved ones.

    Susan Lott Polk

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