In Memoriam:

Michael "Mike" Clepper


Michael "Mike" David Clepper
Mike Clepper, 63, of Houston, Texas, passed away on June 2, 2017, at Methodist Hospital after a brief battle with cancer.
Mike was born in Osaka, Japan, on March 19, 1954. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in San Antonio, Texas, and continued on to become a Certified Shorthand Reporter in the State of Texas.
Mike worked as a court reporter beginning in 1985. He went on to found Independent Reporting with Terri Miller, which became known as DepoTexas, Inc., now Lexitas.
Mike was actively involved in the Houston Court Reporters Association as Past President and was a Founding Member and Director of the Texas Deposition Reporters Association. Mike had a deep love and passion for the court reporting field.
Mike enjoyed traveling and fishing. Mike loved horses and helped rescue and rehabilitate many wild horses. He enjoyed volunteering on Habitat for Humanity projects.
Mike is survived by his wife Tammy Brown; children, Lauren Clepper, Sean Clepper, daughter-in-law Ashley Clepper, grandchildren Hayden and Andrew Clepper; stepson, Jordan Brown; mother, Patsie Clepper and stepfather, Warren Scott; sister, Lisa Clepper and brother-in-law, David Clugston; and brother, Larry Clepper and sister-in-law, Bonnie Clepper. Mike is preceded in death by his father Len L. Clepper.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to ACC Foundation - The Michael Clepper Memorial Scholarship Fund at Alvin Community College or the American Cancer Society at

Published in Houston Chronicle on June 9, 2017- See more at:

Jerry Kelly, CRR.

It is with great sadness to learn that STAR member Jerry Kelley, CRR (Ret.), passed away January 2nd, 2017.   Anyone who knew Jerry would say that he was a true Southern gentleman. He was kind, shy, modest, had great faith, and he was a family man.  He could also write like the wind.

Back in the late 1970s when computer-aided transcription was making its mark in the court reporting profession, Baron Data sought him out as being an amazing writer, but more importantly, for being a techie.  He embraced the new technology and was often teased for having the biggest personal dictionary. It was so big that the Baron programmers had to modify their software to accommodate his numerous steno outlines.

Jerry loved technology and made it his mission to showcase the technology to his colleagues and counsel.  Court reporters attending his seminars would learn about the latest advances in CAT and then realtime writing.  He was always pushing the envelope of innovation so that we could benefit by having better, more intuitive software development.

First working as a freelancer and then as an official, Jerry always tried to give back to the profession.  He gave his time to local, state and NCRA committees.  He was the USCRA editor from 1999-2006.  Many of you may also know him from NCRA’s listserv.  He was always sharing techie ideas and stories of interest related to court reporting.  More importantly, he was always reminding us to change the date on our certificate pages in the new year and to be mindful of changing our clocks during daylight savings.

In 2012, Jerry received NCRA’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award.  What a testament to his greatness as a member of the court reporting profession.

He leaves behind his wife Wanda, son Shawn, and daughters Crystal and Marissa.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggested donations to Meals on Wheels of Collin County, 600 N Tennessee St, McKinney, TX 75069, or the Samaritan Inn of Collin County, 1710 N McDonald St, McKinney, TX 75071.

Respectfully submitted, Linda Fifield

Here’s a YouTube video of Jerry receiving the NCRA DSA award in 2012.  He will be missed.