Texas: Happy State Bank’s David Seim, West Texas Banking Icon and Mentor, Passes Away

David Seim, Lubbock market chairman at Happy State Bank since 2012, died unexpectedly of natural causes on November 25 at age 73. Prior to joining Happy State Bank, headquartered in Happy, Seim served as vice chairman of PlainsCapital Bank’s West Texas division.

Throughout his 50-year career in banking, Seim was active in numerous professional banking organizations, as well as banking education programs. He served as chairman of the Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT) in 1993 and 1994, as well as on the Independent Community Bankers Association of America board of directors. He also served on the board of TIB–The Independent BankersBank and was named chairman of the TIB board in 1995. Seim was on the board of the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University, where he acted as chairman in 2009 and 2010. He was also a frequent speaker on leadership and the banking industry.

Seim’s community involvement in Lubbock was also extensive. He served as chairman of Lubbock’s United Way campaign, the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, Lubbock Country Club, Southwest Lubbock Rotary Club, South Plains Council Boy Scouts of America and the Texas Tech University Foundation. Seim also acted as chairman of the board of the Covenant Health System. His most recent initiative was co-chairing a community visioning plan for Lubbock in partnership with the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce.

Among the many honors that Seim received during his career were IBAT’s prestigious Chairman’s Award for his service to the community banking industry, United Way’s Rita Harmon Award for Community Service, the Roy Bass Memorial Award presented by Southwest Lubbock Rotary, the John F. Lott Distinguished Citizen Award and the William Tinney Award for Ethics in Business.

Seim attended Texas Tech University and was a graduate of the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University.

He is survived by his wife, Paula, and their three grown children, along with seven grandchildren and one sister.

“David was an icon, positively affecting everything and everyone—be it in his career, his community or his family,” says J. Pat Hickman, Happy State Bank chairman and CEO. “He was a master leader, a mentor and a servant. You’re not going to meet many people who can live up to the standards of David Seim. He will be greatly missed.”

“Words cannot adequately express my love for this man,” says Chris Williston, IBAT president and CEO. “He was one of my early mentors and we have remained close personal friends. David loved Lubbock and community banking, and his presence and contributions will be felt for many years to come because of his devotion to his city and industry.”

“Denise and I grieve with Lubbockites and the Happy State Bank family at the passing of David Seim,” Lubbock Mayor Dan Pope wrote in a statement shortly after Seim’s passing. “David was a dear friend and mentor to me for the past 25 years. [He was a] faithful husband, great dad, superb businessman and strong community partner.”

Hickman announced this week that in honor of Seim’s memory and his commitment to the future of the banking industry, Happy State Bank is initiating a David Seim Scholarship at the Texas Tech University School of Banking in Lubbock. Recognition of banks and/or bankers who contribute to the fund will include being added to a plaque in Seim’s honor for contributions over $500. For more information and to contribute to the scholarship fund, contact Hickman at jph@happybank.com.

Published in Bankers Digest December 3, 2018