Memorials April 2022
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Jordan Battersby McDonald
McDonald, 34, of Bastrop, died December 5, 2021. He received his law degree from Baylor Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 2015. McDonald was a solo practitioner in Bastrop from 2015 to 2021. He is remembered for his love of trivia, auctions, and thrifting, and for spending quality time with his friends. McDonald is survived by his fiancé, attorney Jaycee Gail Dawson; son, Connor; mother, Jamie Kershaw McDonald; father, Curtis McDonald; brothers Chase and Miles McDonald; and grandfather, attorney James B. Kershaw.
John G. Minniece III
Minniece, 88, of Houston, died January 10, 2022. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1954 to 1961. Minniece received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1960. He practiced law with the Texas State Securities Board in Austin; McGowan & Magee Monahans; Morris, Termini, Harris & McCanne in Houston; and Organized Security National Bank in Houston from 1973 to 1979; was a consultant to Hydromet Minerals, Laser Systems Holdings, Rocky Mountain Minerals, and Ireland Resource from 1979 to 1990; and was a solo practitioner in Marfa from 1990 to 2000. Minniece is remembered for being widely read and traveled; being active in sports, including sky diving, crew, soaring, tennis, horseback riding, and sailing; and for being a member of the Kappa Alpha fraternity and the Gray Masonic Lodge. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Glenda B. Minniece; sons John G. Minniece IV and Joseph T. Minniece; daughters Laurie Minniece Schlesinger and Patricia Benington; and five grandchildren.
Frank Wallace Elliott Jr.
Elliott, 91, of Fort Worth, died September 9, 2021. He served active duty in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953 and was in the reserves from 1953 to 1981. Elliott received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1957. He was a law professor at the University of Texas from 1958 to 1977; a visiting professor of law at the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General law school from 1973 to 1974; a Fulbright Jaworski Professor of Law Dean and professor of law at Texas Tech University from 1977 to 1980; president of the Southwestern Legal Foundation from 1980 to 1986; a partner in Baker, Mills & Glast in 1987; of counsel to Ramirez & Associates from 1987 to 2018; founder, dean, and professor of law at Dallas/Fort Worth School of Law, later Texas Wesleyan School of Law, from 1989 to 1992; and dean emeritus and professor of law at Texas A&M University School of Law from 2013 until his retirement in 2018. Elliott is remembered for being a loyal friend, a diligent scholar, and a devoted and supportive husband. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Kay; daughter, Lindsey; stepson Brett Hodgson; stepdaughters Kim McConnell and Samantha Germany; and six grandchildren.
Bazaman, 73, of Galveston, died January 4, 2022. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1973. After four years in private practice, Bazaman worked for Galveston County in its newly formed legal department in 1978, serving as director from 1985 until his retirement in 2013. He was well respected for his integrity and insight, was a man of eclectic tastes, and enjoyed travel and his many hobbies. Bazaman is survived by his brother, Bryan.
D. Reid Walker
Walker, 69, of Houston, died August 5, 2021. He received his law degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1976. Walker was a partner in Lohmann, Glazer, Irwin, and Walker from 1977 to 1987, a partner in Walker & Cease from 1987 to 1989, and was in private practice from 1989 to 2021. He loved golf; flying, having been a private pilot; and exploring Italy. Walker is remembered for his love for his family, his fun-loving attitude and quick wit, and his ability to question all aspects of the universe. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Carole Walker; and sons Rob and David Walker.
Jerry Don Courtney
Courtney, 82, of Amarillo, died January 20, 2022. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1960 to 1964. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1970. Courtney was an associate of Underwood Law Firm in Amarillo in 1970 and a partner in Lowe and Courtney Law Firm from 1975 to 2016. He is remembered for his love of golf, flying, and skydiving. Courtney is survived by daughter, Emily Bayle; brother, attorney Maston Courtney; sister, Elaine Foster; and two grandchildren.TBJ