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John James Curtis
Curtis, 68, of Fredericksburg, died June 7, 2020. He received his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1987. Curtis was in private practice in New Braunfels from 1988 to 1993, a staff attorney and general counsel to Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas in San Antonio from 1993 to 2013, and city prosecutor for the city of Fredericksburg from 2013 to 2020. He received 15- and 20-year service awards from CLEAT. Curtis loved his grandchildren. He grew albariño grapes and founded Enchanted Rock Vineyards in his spare time. Curtis is survived by his wife of 40 years, Susan Bennett Curtis; son, John James “Jack” Curtis III; daughter, Erika Catherine Boyd; brothers, Richard Curtis and Ray Curtis; sisters, Debbie Taylor and Anne Curtis; and four grandchildren.
Larry Palmer Boyd
Boyd, 61, of Houston, died July 18, 2020. He received his law degree from Baylor Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1982. Boyd was a law clerk for Judge Sam Johnson, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in Austin, from 1982 to 1984; an attorney at Fisher, Gallagher, Perrin & Lewis in Houston in 1984; a partner in Boyd & Cogdell; and a partner in Fisher, Boyd, Brown & Huguenard in Houston. He was certified in personal injury law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Boyd was a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and the Texas Trial Lawyers Association. He enjoyed golf, swimming, and riding his motorcycle. Boyd is survived by his wife of 32 years, Cheryl Boyd; son, Samuel Lee Boyd; daughter, Rachel Lauren Boyd; father, Thurman L. Boyd; mother, JoNell Boyd; and brother, Lee Boyd.
Enrique Alberto Maciel-Matos
Maciel-Matos, 40, of Austin, died September 23, 2020. He received his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 2009. Maciel-Matos was admitted to practice in New York in 2011. He was clerk to Judge Alia Moses, of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas in Del Rio, and an attorney with Chaceaus, Cavazos & Newton; Azarmehr Law Group; Fowler Law Firm; and Jackson Lewis. Maciel-Matos was honest and kind. He was an avid reader and traveler. Maciel-Matos is survived by his father, Cesar Matos; mother, Laura Matos; brother, Jesus Matos; and sister, Victoria Matos.
David N. Gray
Gray, 81, of Houston, died August 25, 2020. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1963. Gray served in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. He was a partner in Minter, Mahon & Gray in Houston from 1967 to 1984, a partner in Gray & Moore from 1984 to 1999, and of counsel to Moore & Moore from 1999 to 2007. Gray was Texas Supreme Court Joint Child-Support and Visitation Committee chairman and an American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers fellow. He was well known for his acerbic and thoughtful “Interesting Cases” presentations to the Houston Bar Association Family Law Section each month from 1977 to 2007. Gray was a baseball umpire and officiated at more than 4,000 games, including 10 Texas Little League state championships, three Southern and Southwest Regional Championships and two World Series championships, and 100 high school playoff and championship series. He is survived by his daughter, attorney Megan Gray; son, attorney Daniel Gray; and four grandchildren.
Guillermo Vega Jr.
Vega, 71, of Brownsville, died July 28, 2020. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1977. Vega was a solo practitioner in Brownsville from 1978 to 2020. He was a member of the Federal Bar Association and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, now American Association for Justice. Vega enjoyed reading books and watching the New York Yankees and James Bond movies. He is survived by his sons, Guillermo Vega III and Samuel Rolando Vega; daughter, Roxanna Naomi Vega; mother, Rafaela Vega; brother, attorney Adan Vega; and sisters, Eloisa Brown, Corina Salinas, Irma Zadeh, Elva Vaught, Yolanda Vega, and attorney Linda Vega.
Blakeley, 84, of Dallas, died March 31, 2020. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1959 to 1963. Blakeley received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1959. He was a partner in Blakeley, Blakeley & Hall in Dallas from 1961 to 1965, a partner in Johnson, Blakeley, Johnson, Smith & Clark in Dallas from 1965 to 1980, in private practice at the Law Offices of Tom Blakeley in Dallas from 1980 to 1985, a partner in Blakeley & Nichol in Dallas from 1985 to 1995, in private practice at the Law Offices of Tom Blakeley in Dallas from 1995 to 1998, a partner in Blakely & Ramey in Dallas from 1998 to 2012, and a partner in Blakeley Law Firm in Dallas from 2012 to 2014. Blakeley also served as counsel to several Dallas cotton merchants including H. Molsen Co. and Paul Reinhart Inc. He is remembered for his intellect, honesty, and work ethic. Blakeley enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, dove hunting, long bike rides around Dallas, and listening to the Texas Rangers on the radio. He is especially proud of the nearly 10 years he spent coaching his son’s soccer team, during which time he became a mentor to many players. Blakeley is survived by his wife of 59 years, Laura Shirley Blakeley; son, attorney Kyle Blakeley; daughters, Laura Sexton and attorney Carolyn Greaves; sister, Nancy Ruff; and five grandchildren.
Alvarado, 36, of The Woodlands, died August 29, 2020. He received his law degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 2010. Alvarado was president of Inspectioneering in The Woodlands from 2010 to 2020. He received American Petroleum Institute 510 and 570 honorary certifications. Alvarado was a dedicated champion to industry safety. He was passionate about advancing the safety and reliability of the oil and gas industry and improving the lives of those within the industry through professional and personal development initiatives. Alvarado encouraged others in many ways but understood the importance of being of service to his community and helping those in need. He is survived by his wife of 11 years, Jill Alvarado; father, Greg Alvarado; mother, Dawn Alvarado; and sister, Loni Alvarado.
Barbara Hinds Finney
Finney, 99, of Houston, died July 2, 2020. She received her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1942. Finney was in-house counsel to ExxonMobil in Houston from 1955 to 1986. She was interested in horticulture, designer sewing, and genealogical mapping. Finney is survived by her daughter, Victoria Chamberlain; sister, attorney Patricia Hinds Spearman; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Shunatona, 59, of Dallas, died September 6, 2020. He received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1986. Shunatona was lead prosecutor in the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office and was in private practice for 34 years. He was a founding member of the Texas Indian Bar Association, now the State Bar of Texas Native American Law Section, in 1992. Shunatona worked on Texas House Bill 797 to ensure that the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act included a provision recognizing the Indian Child Welfare Act—that provision is now Section 152.104 of the Texas Family Code. He served two terms as chair of the State Bar of Texas Native American Law Section. Shunatona was an advocate for Native American rights and followed the Lakota Sun Dance tradition. He was a tribally enrolled American Indian in the Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Oklahoma, the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma, and the Creek Nation of Oklahoma. Shunatona is survived by his wife, Dana Shunatona; son, Hunter Shunatona; daughter, Brooke; father, Bat Shunatona; mother, Paula Shunatona; and brothers, David and Bat.
James Merrill Neel
Neel, 82, of Houston, died July 1, 2020. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1962. Neel was an associate of Baker Botts from 1962 to 1972, cofounder and named partner in Neel, Hooper & Kalmans from 1972 to 2014, and with Neel Interests from 2006 to 2015. He was a past chair of the State Bar of Texas Labor and Employment Law Section. Neel enjoyed racquetball, Texas Longhorns football, and following the stock market. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, LaNell Neel; son, James Merrill Neel Jr.; daughter, Nancy Neel-Bass; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Ball, 89, of San Antonio, died October 26, 2020. He received his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1962. Ball was an associate of and partner in Groce, Locke & Hebdon in San Antonio from 1963 to 1991, founded Ball & Weed with nine other partners in 1991, and retired in 1996. He will be remembered for his love of his family, church, and country and respect for the standards of the profession. Ball is survived by his wife of 61 years, Sally; daughters, Melanie Devereaux and Kelli Grant; and five grandchildren.
Kelly Rule Yount
Yount, 48, of Dallas, died May 4, 2019. She received her law degree from Texas A&M University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 2002. Yount was admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court in 2007. She was a solo practitioner in Dallas from 2003 to 2010, corporate counsel to Allegiance Title in Dallas from 2011 to 2013, a fee attorney in Dallas from 2013 to 2016, and general counsel to Capital Title of Texas in Dallas from 2017 to 2019. Yount was a Texas Young Lawyers Association Scholarship recipient in 2000. She enjoyed hunting and ranch life. Yount is survived by her sons, Mitchell Helms and Christian Yount; daughter, Megan Yount; father, Kelly Hugh Rule; mother, Donna VanCamp; brother, Trace Rule; and sister, Lisa Rule.
Bruce Alan Coplen
Coplen, 63, of Houston, died July 12, 2020. He received his law degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1982. Coplen was an associate of Leger, Hall, Hill, Glover & Cage in Houston from 1982 to 1989, a partner in Leger & Coplen in Houston from 1989 to 1998, a partner in Mason, Coplen & Banks in Houston from 1998 to 2012, and a partner in Coplen & Banks in Houston from 2012 to 2020. He enjoyed deer hunting. Coplen was a volunteer soccer coach and also volunteered at Mission Bend United Methodist Church. He is survived by his sons, Matthew Coplen and attorney Bradley Coplen; mother, Bobbie J. Coplen; sister, Rebecca Gourley; and one grandchild.
Matthew August Thanheiser
Thanheiser, 62, of Houston, died August 28, 2020. He received his law degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1983. Thanheiser was an attorney with Watt, White & Craig in Houston from 1983 to 1991, a partner in Haynes and Boone in Houston from 1991 to 1994, a partner in Gaston, Hemingway & Thanheiser in Houston from 1994 to 2011, and with Taylor-Thanheiser Production in Houston from 2007 to 2020. He was honest and loyal. Thanheiser was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying fishing and hunting. Thanheiser is survived by his wife of 35 years, Giggy Martin Thanheiser; sons, attorney Will Martin Thanheiser and Forrest Hall Thanheiser; daughter, Ellen Timanus Thanheiser; mother, Mary Ellen Finnegan; and sister, Adele Thanheiser.
Dewey Jude Gonsoulin Sr.
Gonsoulin, 90, of Beaumont, died November 3, 2020. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1954. Gonsoulin served in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps from 1954 to 1956, being honorably discharged as a second lieutenant. He was a shareholder in Mehaffy Weber in Beaumont from 1956 to 2019. Gonsoulin was president of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel, president of the Jefferson County Bar Association, and a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He was a devoted family man, consummate lawyer, and a friend to all. Gonsoulin is survived by his son, attorney Dewey J. Gonsoulin Jr.; daughters, Jean E. Gonsoulin and Anne G. Figueiras; brother, Thomas P. Gonsoulin; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Arthur C. Troilo Jr.
Troilo, 89, of San Antonio, died October 8, 2020. He served in the U.S. Army, Reserve, and U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps from 1953 to 1965. Troilo received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1956. He was an assistant city attorney and first assistant city attorney for the city of San Antonio from 1960 to 1962; a founder of Sawtelle, Goode, Troilo & Leighton, later Davidson & Troilo and now Davidson Troilo Ream & Garza; appointed as an appellate administrative judge to sit on a reviewing authority panel and hear appeals concerning compliance with the Civil Rights Act in Washington, D.C., from 1968 to 1970; and special assistant to the secretary of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Troilo also served as a member of the Federal Judicial Advisory Committee to Senators Phil Gramm, Kay Bailey Hutchison, and John Cornyn, recommending candidates for appointment to federal judgeships and federal U.S. attorney positions. He was outside general counsel to Port San Antonio. Troilo served on the San Antonio Bar Association Board of Directors from 1968 to 1969, on a State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee from 1973 to 1974, and was a Texas Bar Foundation fellow. He was appointed to the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park Advisory Council. Troilo was a pillar and guiding light for his law firm, serving in management and active practice for over 56 years. He is survived by his sons, attorney Arthur Troilo III and Paul Troilo; daughter, Valerie Troilo Perrenot; sister, Carmen Troilo Wasson; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Jack M. Partain Jr.
Partain, 71, of Austin, died June 19, 2020. He served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. Partain received his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1974. He was a partner in Fulbright & Jaworski in San Antonio from 1985 to 2009 and of counsel to Fulbright & Jaworski, now Norton Rose Fulbright, in Austin from 2011 to 2016. Partain was a founder and past president of the San Antonio Bankruptcy Bar Association. He was a devoted husband, parent, and grandfather. He had a passion and gift for golf, serving as president of Oak Hills Country Club in San Antonio. Partain is survived by his wife of 49 years, Laura Partain; daughters, Laura Lawton and Mary Emma Partain; sister, Joan Powers; and six grandchildren.
Thomas, 78, of Dallas, died October 31, 2020. He served in the U.S. Navy Reserve from 1965 to 1973. Thomas received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1966. He was an attorney with Kolodey Thomas, later Kolodey, Thomas & Blackwood, and Thomas & Blackwood from 1972 to 2018. Thomas enjoyed rafting unmapped rivers with crews from National Geographic. He was an instrument-rated pilot, having flown over 5,000 hours. Thomas was an avid fly fisherman. He is survived by his wife of 21 years, attorney Beth Ann Blackwood; son, Tom Thomas II; daughters, Amanda Thomas, Jennifer Thomas, and Tiffanye Thomas; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.TBJ