In Memoriam | June 2017

Thomas J. Ryan, JD '51

Thomas J. Ryan passed away on April 16, 2017. Ryan was born on September 17, 1924. He was a resident of Texas at the time of passing. Services were held May 5 in Ingram, Texas.

John Larimer McLain, JD '60

John Larimer McLain passed away May 5, 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas. McLain, a lifelong Baptist, was born Oct. 6, 1936, in Hillsboro to Otis and Rachel McLain. He served in the Naval Reserve from 1955-1963. He received a B.A. in 1957 from North Texas State College, participating in the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, and a J.D. from Baylor Law School in 1960.

McLain moved to Fort Worth in 1960 and primarily practiced oil, gas, and mineral law for 52 years. He retired in 2012, achieving Texas Board of Legal Specialization certification. McLain, an avid fan of all Baylor sports, held football season tickets continuously from the mid-1960s until his declining health in 2014 precluded attendance. He was a loving father strongly devoted to his children and grandchildren, as he was to his parents, and will be deeply missed by his family and many dear friends.

Survivors include his sons, James McLain and Robert McLain and wife, Deborah; daughter, Holly King and husband, Ross; and grandchildren, Connor and Grant McLain and Emily, Megan, and Ryan King, all of Fort Worth.

Tommy J. Turner, JD '74

Tommy J. Turner a longtime Lubbock resident and well-respected attorney, died peacefully on April 27, 2017. He was 69 years old. Following the death of his college sweetheart and loving wife Lou Pat in June 2015, Turner left Lubbock briefly for Beaumont, where he was the chief of the Public Integrity Unit, working alongside two law school friends whose collective passion was to do right.

Turner was the oldest son of Joe and Jackie Turner of Lubbock, Texas. He was born on March 16, 1948, in Carlsbad, NM. The young Turner family soon moved to Lubbock where he grew up. A 1966 graduate of Coronado High School, the first graduating class, he was tapped for leadership early on serving as the senior class president. Leadership became a way of life for Turner. He graduated from Texas Tech University in 1971 with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. He was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity and served in numerous leadership positions within the chapter. In December 1970, he and Lou Pat Camp married and together they went to law school at Baylor Law School where according to Turner he studied and she provided unconditional support. After he graduated from Baylor Law School in 1974, the two returned to Lubbock. His first job was in the Lubbock County District Attorney's office. Shortly thereafter he moved on to the law firm of Waggonseller and Cobb where he further developed his skills as a trial lawyer and found a passion for representing those in need. He eventually opened his own law firm in Lubbock where he practiced primarily plaintiff's law until 2015. Turner possessed a true servant's heart giving to his family, friends, church, clients and numerous other organizations and communities. Professionally, he had 37 years of trial experience with the past 20 years upholding his mantra to represent injured and aggrieved persons one case at a time. He reveled in helping people who had suffered a wrong and in representing individuals who had disputes with bigger, more powerful opposition. He believed whole-heartedly in a level playing field and was a fierce ally for his friends, family, and those he represented.

He was a member of the American Association for Justice, the Texas Trial Lawyers Association (director emeritus), the American Board of Trial Advocates, a faculty member for the Trial Advocacy College of Texas, and lectured in statewide seminars on jury selection. He was a dedicated alumnus of Pi Kappa Alpha, serving as advisor to the local chapter for years, as well as serving on the International Fraternity Supreme Council for sixteen years, culminating in a term as International President of the entire fraternity. Locally, he volunteered with several non-profit charitable organizations, including the Lions Club, the Rotary Club, Family Outreach, Meals on Wheels, United Way, and CASA of the South Plains. Most recently, he was president of CASA and from 2009-2011 served as chairman of the Lubbock United Way campaign's legal division. Tommy was a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church from the time he was 16, and taught adult Sunday school there for years. Turner loved spending time with his family and friends and the art of conversation. He took great pleasure in cooking for those closest to him and was (somewhat) of a storyteller. He especially enjoyed hosting friends and family and entertaining in and around his mountain house in Lake City, CO. More than anything, he loved being Big Daddy to all of his grandchildren, and he would tell you that all of them were his favorite.

He was preceded in death by his father, Joe S. Turner, and his wife, Lou Pat Turner. He is survived and remembered with great admiration by his mother, Jackie Turner; daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Matt Stevens, of The Colony, Texas, and their children, Kyle (13), Drew (11), and Paige (9); his son and daughter-in-law, T.J., JD '04, and Jamie Turner, of Austin, and their children, Cameron (8) and Eliza (5). He is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Jay and Elaine Turner, of Coppell; sister and brother-in-law, Terre and Grant Carthey, of Lubbock, as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family members, and friends.