Memorials are published at no cost as a tribute to deceased Texas attorneys. To submit a memorial, please go to texasbar.com/memorials or call (512) 427-1830. To learn more about closing a deceased attorney’s practice, go to texasbarcle.com/materials/closingapractice.html. ELBERT ALEXANDER COLE Cole, 84, of Moundridge, Kansas, died July 29, 2014. He received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1956. Cole started his law career as a patent attorney with Atlantic Refining Co. in Dallas and later served as an attorney with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of the General Counsel in Dallas and Temple and then as an attorney for the U.S. Forest Service, Soil Conservation Service, and Farmers Home Administration until his retirement in 1987. Cole was interested in Texas and U.S. environmental issues and was a bird watcher and coin collector. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Nancy; daughters, Victoria Marie and Katherine Gibson; and two grandchildren. JERRY DAN ZANT Zant, 58, of Midland, died Dec. 18, 2014. He received his law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1984. Zant was a shareholder in Cotton Bledsoe Tighe & Dawson from 1984 to 2014. He was certified in estate planning by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Zant also was an accomplished and passionate ukulele player and lifelong disciple of Christ, having served as a missionary in Japan as a young adult. He is survived by his wife, Heidi; sons, Michael and David; mother, Hita; brother, Clif; sisters, Cathy Hoggard and Laura; and one grandchild. ALBERT GARLAND HAMILTON Hamilton, 86, of Boerne, died May 8, 2014. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1955. Hamilton was an associate of Vinson & Elkins in Houston from 1955 to 1959 and a partner in Lynch Chappell in Midland from 1959 to 1969. He also had been a CPA, oilman, banker, rancher, and board member of numerous organizations. Hamilton served in the U.S. Navy during World War II from 1945 to 1946. He is remembered as an accomplished storyteller, wonderful husband and father, and innovative businessman. Hamilton is survived by his wife of 39 years, Sandra; sons, Stephen and Michael; daughters, Lucy Lee and Lisa; and six grandchildren. JOHN PHELPS LEVICK LeVick, 59, of Levelland, died Aug. 3, 2014. He received his law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1988. He also was a member of the New Mexico and Oklahoma bars. LeVick was a partner in Jones, Flygare, Brown & Wharton in Lubbock from 1988 to 2012 and owner of the LeVick Law Firm in Lubbock from 2012 to 2014. He enjoyed competitive and recreational shooting and gunsmithing as well as photography. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Debbie; sons, Keenan and Tyler; daughter, Emily Burger; mother, Imogene; brother, Roger; and four grandchildren. MICHELLE A. MENDEZ Mendez, 52, of Dallas, died April 25, 2014. She received her law degree from George Washington University Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1987. Mendez was an associate with Hutcheson & Grundy from 1987 to 1994; a partner in Bell, Nunnally & Martin from 1994 to 2001; a partner in Greenberg Traurig from 2001 to 2006; of counsel to Jenkens & Gilchrist from 2006 to 2007; of counsel to Hunton & Williams from 2007 to 2012; and a partner in Conley, Rosenberg, Mendez & Brenneise from 2013 to 2014. Mendez was a member of the State Bar of Texas Bankruptcy Law Section, a master of the American Inns of Court, a fellow of the Dallas Bar Foundation, and a recipient of the Robert B. Wilson Distinguished Service Award from the State Bar. She is survived by her husband of 26 years, Luis R. Atiles; daughters, Amelia and Elena Atiles; brothers, Robert and Richard; and sisters, Diane Schlegel and Marie Mendez. ALLEN JACK WASHBURN Washburn, 59, of Houston, died Nov. 9, 2014. He received his law degree from Baylor Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1990. Washburn was a partner in Murphrey and Washburn from 1990 to 2014. He is remembered for his love of family, reading, and the outdoors. Washburn is survived by his wife of 39 years, Bobbie; and daughters, Amanda and Michelle. CHARLES W. MANN Mann, 71, of Edinburg, died Sept. 9, 2014. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1968. Mann was an attorney in private practice and in the City Attorney’s Office in Houston from 1968 to 1976, an attorney in private practice and in the District Attorney’s Office in Corpus Christi from 1977 to 1989, and a partner in Stewart & Mann in Edinburg from 1989 to 2014. Mann is remembered as a gifted wordsmith, for his passion for music and family gatherings at the “Mann Made” cabin on the Guadalupe River, and for courageously overcoming many challenges of a massive stroke in 2009. He is survived by his wife and law partner, Sandy; sons, Charlie and Willie; brother, Cliff; and sister, Margaret Libersat. STACEY DAWN HILL WALVOORD Walvoord, 37, of Arlington, died Nov. 15, 2014. She received her law degree from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 2001. Walvoord was an associate with John K. Vaughan in Grand Prairie beginning in 2002 and then was managing partner of Vaughan, Ramsey & Walvoord from 2007 to 2014. She always knew she wanted to be a lawyer, having clerked for Wharton attorney Larry Wadler in high school, and she loved the practice of law, particularly case preparation and trial. Walvoord also enjoyed singing in her church choir and being active with her son’s school. She is survived by her husband of 14 years, David; son, Adam; father, Willard Hill; and brother, Steven Hill. BILL R. RALEY Raley, 64, of Grandview, died Oct. 14, 2014. He received his law degree from Oklahoma City University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1989. Raley was an attorney with the Law Offices of Bill Raley from 1989 to 2014 and of counsel to Ross & Matthews from 2000 to 2014. He enjoyed golfing, reading legal thrillers, and traveling with his children. Raley is survived by his wife of 41 years, Carla; sons, attorney Billy, Max, Spencer, Beau, Luke, and Tommy; daughters, Mary, Cynthia, Angel, Selah, Celeste Richmon, and Rachael Fisher, his paralegal of 20 years; sister, Alice McConathy; and nine grandchildren. HENRY CROSKELL Croskell, 76, of Ardmore, Oklahoma, died Sept. 10, 2014. He received his law degree from Indiana University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1993. He also was a member of the Indiana, Oklahoma, and Missouri bars. Croskell was a patent attorney with Phillips 66 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, from 1969 to 1972, with Crown Zellerbach Corp. in Vancouver, Washington, from 1972 to 1973, and with Monsanto in St. Louis, Missouri, from 1974 to 1989. He then was an intellectual property attorney with Hubbard, Thurman, Turner & Harris in Dallas from 1989 to 1994, with Jones Day in Dallas from 1994 to 1995, and in private practice in Dallas from 1995 until his retirement in 2000. Croskell also was an Oklahoma rancher and motorcycle enthusiast. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Madelon. KENT H. MCMAHAN McMahan, 68, of Dallas, died Sept. 29, 2014. He received his law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1971. McMahan was a senior partner of Fulbright & Jaworski in Houston from 1971 to 2010 and was senior counsel for the Blum Firm in Dallas from 2010 to 2014. McMahan was chair of the Texas Trust Code Committee in 1984 during the first codification of Texas trust laws, and he represented the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel on the Drafting Committee for the Uniform Trust Code. He also was chair of the Real Estate, Probate, and Trust Law Section of the State Bar from 1987 to 1988, and he received the section’s Distinguished Probate Lawyer Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. McMahan also received the Houston Bar Association Probate, Trusts, and Estate Section’s Distinguished Service Award in 2009. McMahan, an ordained Baptist deacon, is remembered for his devotion to God, family, work, and Baylor University. He served in the U.S. Air Force. McMahan is survived by his wife of 46 years, Barbara; son, Matthew; daughters, Melissa Smith, Kimberly Howard, and Katie Wright; brother, Brent; and 10 grandchildren. WALTER LYLE REED JR. Reed, 75, of Dallas, died Oct. 28, 2014. He received his law degree from Baylor Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1970. Reed was a corporate and real estate lawyer for various firms throughout Texas and was a lead attorney with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in Midland, San Antonio, and Dallas until retiring. Reed served as a lieutenant and naval navigator in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War from 1961 to 1968, and he earned National Defense Service and Vietnam Service medals as well as an Air Force Outstanding Unit Award. Reed enjoyed attending air shows with his grandchildren, photography, and Baylor Bears football and basketball. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Joan; children, Stacy Wehrly and Walter “Trey” III; brother, Ronald; and three grandchildren. KENNETH “RAY” FARABEE Farabee, 81, of Austin, died Nov. 20, 2014. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1961. Farabee was a partner in Filmore, Lambert, Farabee & Purtle in Wichita Falls from 1961 to 1979; a partner in Sherrill & Pace in Wichita Falls from 1979 to 1988; and general counsel to and vice chancellor of the University of Texas System in Austin from 1988 to 2000. Farabee also was a Texas state senator from 1975 to 1988, serving on numerous committees, helping repeal the Texas blue laws and reform the state’s mental health care system, and being heralded at the time as “the most respected member of the Legislature.” Farabee also was a sustaining life fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, active with Texas Access to Justice, and a board member of several organizations and charities. He served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve as a lieutenant from 1957 to 1961. Farabee enjoyed gardening and traveling the world. He is survived by his sons, Steven and David; daughter, Patricia Albright; and four grandchildren. GENE F. SMITH Smith, 79, of Galveston, died Nov. 26, 2014. He received his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1964. Smith was an assistant city attorney in Galveston during the 1960s and then was in private practice for the remainder of his law career. Smith was passionate about helping people and preserving his community, was dedicated to pro bono, and was buried wearing his 50-year lawyer pin that he received from the Texas Bar that year. He served in the U.S. Army during the late 1950s. Smith had become skilled in carpentry and architecture and built dozens of houses and apartments in Galveston. He is survived by his ex-wife and friend, Helen; son, Jason; and daughter, Diane. RICHARD HOERSTER Hoerster, 86, of Fredericksburg, died Oct. 21, 2014. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1950. Hoerster was a partner in the firm of Dooley & Hoerster from 1953 to 1998 and owner of Richard Hoerster, Attorney, in Fredericksburg from 1998 to 2014. Hoerster had been a star running back for Rice University’s football team, and he was a rancher and banker in addition to a lawyer. He is remembered as a strong family man. Hoerster is survived by his wife of 63 years, Maxie; sons, attorney Rick and Steve; half sister, Carolyn Toeppich; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. JACOB EDGAR JOHNSON Johnson, 81, of Houston and Galveston, died Oct. 19, 2014. He received his law degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1962. Johnson was an assistant city attorney in Houston from 1962 to 1964; a Texas state representative from 1965 to 1969, serving as chairman of the Aeronautics Committee and a member of the Revenue and Taxation Committee; and a private practitioner with the Johnson Law Firm from 1964 to 2014. He enjoyed taking on challenging and complex cases, was board certified in civil trial law, and had attended the Harvard School of Negotiation and the A.A. White Dispute Resolution School in Houston. Johnson served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a fighter pilot from 1952 to 1956. He loved his family and playing golf with longtime friends and had recently shot his age—the last item on his bucket list. Johnson is survived by his wife, Hon. Carolyn Marks Johnson; son, Jacob Dwight; daughters, Cissy Larkin, Cynthia Straughan, Frances Kenyon, Jennifer West, and attorney Ann Johnson; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. HARLEY R. CLARK JR. Clark, 78, of Dripping Springs, who introduced the famous “Hook ’Em Horns” hand sign at a pep rally in 1955, died Oct. 9, 2014. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1962. Clark was a partner in Byrd, Davis, Eisenberg & Clark in Austin from 1963 to 1977; a district court judge of Travis County from 1977 to 1989; a partner and head of the litigation section of the Vinson & Elkins Austin office from 1989 to 1998; and a retired senior state visiting district judge until 2012. Clark was a former president of the Austin Bar Association, a board member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, and former president of the Travis County Trial Lawyers Association. He served in the U.S. Marines from 1958 to 1959. Clark is remembered as the respected judge whose decision in Edgewood I.S.D. v. Kirby found the public school financing system to be unconstitutional. After retiring from the law, he became dedicated to organic gardening and grew highquality vegetables and herbs on his farm. He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Patti; daughters, Cari, Paige, Jeneffer, and Teel; and five grandchildren. GERALD J. CREIGHTON JR. Creighton, 83, of Conroe, died Sept. 8, 2014. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1953. Creighton was one of the original partners of Darden, Fowler & Creighton in Conroe, practicing general civil, business, estate planning, probate, oil and gas, and real estate law. He was a life fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, a former president of the Montgomery County Bar Association, and a member of a State Bar local grievance committee. Creighton also was a trustee for the Conroe Independent School District for 15 years during the integration of the city’s schools, and a CISD school had been named in his honor. He served in numerous positions with First Baptist Conroe and additional community businesses and organizations and had been named to the Wall of Honor of the Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce. He served in the U.S. Army as an assistant staff judge advocate. Creighton is survived by his wife of 62 years, Janet; daughter, Janna Hoke; son, attorney G. Mark Creighton; and four grandchildren. STEPHEN D. MUSGRAVE Musgrave, 57, of Olathe, Kansas, died Dec. 24, 2014. He received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1982. Musgrave was an attorney with Texas Instruments from 1983 to 1984, the Law Offices of Kim R. Thorne from 1984 to 1988, Texas Instruments from 1988 to 1995, American Airlines/Sabre from 1995 to 2000, VHA Inc. from 2000 to 2010, and the American Heart Association from 2011 to 2013. Musgrave is survived by his wife of 30 years, Judie; son, Bobby; daughter, Laurie; mother, Rosamond; and father, Chuck. DONALD J. ZAHN Zahn, 73, of Austin, died Nov. 5, 2014. He received his law degree from Union University, Albany Law School and his L.L.M. in taxation from New York University School of Law. He was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1972 and also was a member of the New York Bar. Zahn was a tax associate with Bond, Schoeneck and King in Syracuse, New York, from 1967 to 1971; a tax partner at Haynes and Boone in Dallas from 1971 to 1982; a tax and international partner at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld in Dallas from 1982 to 1991; and a solo practitioner. Zahn was also an associate professor at Texas Wesleyan School of Law from 1991 to 1999, an adjunct professor of business and tax law at Southern Methodist University, and a visiting summer professor at Baylor Law School and the University of San Diego School of Law. Zahn was chair, secretary, and treasurer of the State Bar of Texas Taxation Section; a member of the Texas World Trade Council; and a lecturer, advisory board treasurer, and advisory board member of the Southwestern Legal Foundation International and Comparative Law Center. He enjoyed spending time with family and volunteering as chair of the Foundation Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas, president of the American Jewish Committee’s Dallas Chapter, and a board member at the Greenhill School. Zahn is survived by his wife of 48 years, Laurie; son, attorney Larry; daughter, Melissa Bitner; sister, Sharon Raphael; and four grandchildren. ANGEL ZAMARRON FRAGA Fraga, 83, of Houston, died July 3, 2014. He received his law degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1961, becoming one of the first Hispanic attorneys in Houston. Fraga was a lawyer for more than 50 years. In 1974, he was appointed municipal judge for the city of Houston and then was appointed judge of the Harris County Criminal Court at Law No. 14 in 1986. He helped found the Mexican American Bar Association of Houston and was a member of many organizations, including the League of United Latin American Citizens and the Houston Bar Association. He enjoyed politics, art, travel, and sports and is remembered for his boisterous laugh and friendship. Fraga served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. He is survived by his brothers, Felix, Tom, and Lupe.
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