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Joseph Bonner Dorsey
Dorsey, 78, of Corpus Christi, died August 27, 2020. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1967. Dorsey served in Vietnam as a military police officer, with the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, and the U.S. Army Reserve. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and the Vietnam Campaign Medal with V for his valor and bravery, and he was honorably discharged as a major. Dorsey was an attorney in Corpus Christi before being appointed to the 13th Court of Appeals in Edinburg by Gov. Mark White in 1985. Following retirement, he served as a visiting judge across South Texas where he often resolved cases on property and land disputes. Dorsey never lost his love of reading cases and working with colleagues in courthouses across South Texas. He would return from trips to the courthouse full of stories and joy. Dorsey carried on his ancestors’ tradition of loving South Texas, the law, and a desire to see the world a more just place. He and his family were active in progressive politics in the 1970s and 1980s. Dorsey is survived by his wife of over 52 years, Linda Anderson Dorsey; sons, Joseph Allen Dorsey II and Christopher Arrell Dorsey; daughter, Margaret Ellen Dorsey; and nine grandchildren.
Larry Duncan Thompson
Thompson, 80, of Cypress, died September 2, 2020. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1964. Thompson worked for Liberty Mutual before founding Lorance Thompson in 1970. He served on the Supreme Court of Texas Civil Justice Committee and provided pro bono services for certain environmental causes. Thompson defended hundreds of officials and other health care providers and took on high-profile cases such as those highlighted in Soldier of Fortune and Blood and Money, a book by his brother, Tommy. He ran two Boston Marathons and was an early proponent of the Houston Marathon. Thompson was a loving and dedicated father to his treasured children. He is survived by his wife, Vicki Thompson; sons, Casey, Kel, and Ryan; stepdaughter, Scarlett Brann; and five grandchildren.
Victor A. Gonzalez Jr.
Gonzalez, 67, of Bastrop, died September 19, 2020. He served in the U.S. Army from 1971 to 1975. Gonzalez received his law degree from Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1993. He formed Politechs, Inc. in Austin, which operated from 1993 to 2011, subsequently worked in private practice in Bastrop from 2011 to 2016, and as an attorney at Tuck Law Group in Bastrop from 2016 to 2018. Gonzalez was a dedicated public servant. He enjoyed playing guitar and listening to music. Gonzalez is survived by his wife of 33 years, Karol Rice; and sisters, Lisa Segura, Anna Byrne, and Elsa Denson.
Stamm, 91, of Boerne, died August 30, 2020. He served in the U.S. Army and Reserve from 1952 to 1954. Stamm received his law degree from Valparaiso University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1963. He was admitted to practice in Indiana in 1952 and in Illinois in 1953. Stamm was an associate of Oldham & Lorance in Houston from 1963 to 1967, a partner in Lorance Stamm in Houston from 1967 to 1968, a solo practitioner in Houston from 1969 to 1973, and a civil trial attorney at Baker Botts in Houston from 1973 to 1989. He was a historian and author of several books, including Letters from Korea, An Artilleryman’s View, and 1941: When the Axis Could Have Won. Stamm worked on many home and landscape construction projects. He enjoyed listening to music and singing in the church choir. Stamm is survived by his wife of 69 years, Cecelia Joan Denker Stamm; son, Kevin Stamm; daughters, Kathryn Degner and Rachel Streety; five grandchildren; and one step-grandchild.
Thomas J. Huebner
Huebner, 71, of Port Isabel, died April 26, 2020. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1975. Huebner was an attorney in the Texas Comptroller’s Office in Austin from 1975 to 1990 and a solo practitioner in South Padre Island from 1991 to 2016. He enjoyed smoking cigars, watching sports, and being at the beach. Huebner is survived by his stepdaughter, Melissa Caramonta; brothers, James Huebner, Charles Huebner, and Paul Huebner; and one grandchild.
Ronald L. Frazee
Frazee, 73, of Dallas, died June 24, 2020. He served in the U.S. Navy as a naval aviator from 1970 to 1974 and in the Reserve from 1974 to 2000. Frazee received his law degree from the University of Montana Alexander Blewett III School of Law and his LL.M. from Boston University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1985. He was admitted to the Montana Bar in 1977. Frazee was an associate of Crowley, Haughey, Hanson, Toole & Dietrich in Billings, Montana, from 1978 to 1982; senior international counsel and senior tax counsel to Hunt Oil Company in Dallas from 1982 to 1989; international senior attorney at ARCO International Oil and Gas Company in Plano from 1989 to 1990; vice president and general counsel to Mayfair Petroleum in Dallas from 1990 to 1998; and a solo practitioner from 1998 to 2020. He was a member of the Dallas Bar Association. Frazee was known for his dedication and professionalism and was widely regarded as an expert in the areas of corporate taxation and international oil and gas law. He enjoyed helping clients with their personal legal matters as well as working as part of a team in complex corporate negotiations, including his work with JHI Associates as in-house counsel from 2015 to 2020. Frazee loved animals and enjoyed working with rescue animals. He is survived by his longtime companion, Judy Wagner, and many relatives.
Webb F. Joiner Jr.
Joiner, 59, of Dallas, died July 6, 2020. He received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1988. Joiner was an attorney with Vaughan & Ramsey from 2011 to 2020. He was known as Webb Jr. to his family and friends. Joiner enjoyed spending time with his two children, traveling, and watching college football. He is survived by his son, Webb H. Joiner; daughter, Francis A. Joiner; father, Webb F. Joiner Sr.; mother, Rosemary Joiner; and sisters, Melissa Patterson and Jenee Morgan.
Thomas L. Crisman
Crisman, 78, of Dallas, died August 3, 2020. He received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1969. Crisman was admitted to the Virginia Bar in 1969. He was a patent attorney and partner in Johnson & Gibbs in Dallas from 1987 to 1995, a patent attorney and shareholder in Jenkens & Gilchrist in Dallas from 1995 to 2004, an attorney and principal in McKool Smith in Dallas from 2004 to 2012, executive vice president of patent development at PanOptis Patent Management in Plano from 2012 to 2017, and executive vice president of intellectual property at Marconi Group in Dallas from 2017 to 2018. Crisman was a volunteer for the nonprofit Vipassana Meditation for 40 years and a meditation teacher. He was a world traveler, having visited every continent, and enjoyed scuba diving. Crisman was a voracious reader. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Tina M. Crisman; daughter, Courtney Crisman; sister, Nelda Gelber; and two grandchildren.
Kent W. Shriver
Shriver, 57, of The Woodlands, died August 15, 2020. He received his law degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1988. Shriver was an attorney at the Law Office of Grady W. James Jr. in Conroe from 1986 to 1997 and was a partner in Shriver & McLean in The Woodlands from 1997 to 2020. He was certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 1993. Shriver enjoyed running, biking, and traveling. He is survived by his fiancée, Jayna McCarthy; son, Chase Shriver; daughter, Abigail Shriver; mother, Myrna Shriver; and brother, Mark Shriver.
Elliott, 58, of Austin, died September 17, 2020. He received his law degree from Baylor Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1990. Elliott was a briefing attorney for Chief Justice Bob Shannon and Justice Mack Kidd, of the 3rd Court of Appeals in Austin, from 1990 to 1991; general counsel to the Texas State Senate Committee on Criminal Justice in Austin in 1991; an associate of Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody in Austin from 1991 to 1992; a partner in Crews & Elliott in Austin from 1992 to 2007; and a shareholder in Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody in Austin from 2007 to 2020. He served on the Austin Bar Association Civil Litigation Section Board of Directors; was American Constitution Society Austin Lawyer Chapter director; and was Capital Area Trial Lawyers Association president. Elliott was a natural leader, selfless, and served his community through pro bono work and nonprofit boards. He is survived by his wife, Marie Rose Theresa “Tish” Hinojosa; son, Charles “Boone” Elliott; daughter, Maria Lilianna “Lily” Elliott; father, Charles Elliott; stepmother, Paula Chastain Elliott; and sister, Kim Elliott.
Susan J. Oliver
Oliver, 56, of Beaumont, died August 17, 2020. She received her law degree from the University of Houston Law Center and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1989. Oliver was city prosecutor for Sour Lake; an associate of Benckenstein & Oxford in Beaumont from 1989 to 1999; a solo practitioner in Beaumont from 1999 to 2003; in combined practice with Lynn M. Bencowitz in Beaumont from 2003 to 2020; city attorney for Nome; and a municipal judge in Rose City. She visited her beloved grandparents in Tennessee approximately every two months until their deaths and loved her three stepdaughters and four grandchildren. Oliver enjoyed tennis, fishing, scuba diving, and golf; she had a special place in her heart for Sanibel Island in Florida where she and her wife, Lynn, vacationed twice a year. She was funny, kind, thoughtful, and tried genuinely to help other people throughout her life, from collecting for the March of Dimes to actively supporting the Alzheimer’s Association and the Triangle AIDS Network. Oliver is survived by her wife of 15 years, attorney Lynn M. Bencowitz; daughters, Melissa Higgins, Katherine Sze, and Rebecca Bencowitz; father, William Joseph Oliver; mother, Gloria Hillhouse Oliver; and four grandchildren.
Wade O. Allison
Allison, 38, of Austin, died September 10, 2020. He received his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 2014. Allison was a law clerk for Justice Jeff Brown, of the Texas Supreme Court, in Austin from 2014 to 2015, and an associate of Baker Botts in Austin from 2015 to 2020. He was a nationally famous heavy metal guitarist. Allison is survived by his wife, Claire Allison; son, Owen; and daughter, May.TBJ