In Memoriam | June 2018

Hon. Frank C. Price, JD '63

The Hon. Frank C. Price passed away May 19, 2018. He was born in Houston on Nov. 17, 1938.

Price started his education at Poe Elementary, and he graduated from Lamar High School. He attended Rice University on a track scholarship and graduated with a B.A. in History in 1961. He graduated from Baylor Law School in 1963. Price credited Rice and Baylor Law for his professional and ethical roots and repaid his debt of gratitude by being a lifetime supporter of both.

Price started his legal career as a prosecutor, serving five years as a Harris County assistant district attorney, followed by private practice as a criminal defense lawyer. In 1974, he became the youngest appointee in history when he was appointed by Gov. Briscoe to serve as the judge of a criminal court, the 209th District Court. In 1981, Gov. Clements appointed Price to serve on the First Court of Appeals, starting his years of service on the appellate bench. Eventually he served as a visiting judge in both trial and appellate courts, serving over 30 years in the Texas State Judiciary. Price personally wrote every appellate opinion himself, with hundreds of published opinions to his credit.

He was among the greatest practitioners of sleight of hand and close-up magic, performing routinely as a professional magician at Magic Island and many other venues. He served as president of the Texas Association of Magicians and occasionally hosted local meetings at night in his courtroom. Throughout his life, he maintained his passion for sports, both as a participant and as a fan. His water skiing was a series of stunts performed on short trick-skis; his snow skiing in Colorado was mainly moguls and black diamond runs; his singles handball game resulted in city, state and national championships; and, he repeated the record with his doubles handball game. As a sports fan, he was a fanatic, especially for Houston's Astros, Rockets and Texans. He loved baseball and served as an umpire in City League softball. He was the coach of many championship teams during his 15 years of coaching the Post Oak Little League, including teams on which his own sons played. When he was not the official coach, he coached his sons and grandsons by booming out his instructions from the stands.

Price is survived by his wife Melissa Price; son, Frank Christian Price, Jr. and wife, Gayle, and grandchildren Brooks, Cole and Rhett of Houston; son Bradley Laurence Price and wife, Gerri, and grandson Connor of Tampa; brother Chuck Price and wife, Penelope, of Houston; sister Karen Meynier of Houston; sister Terry Price Harmon and husband, Judge Bill Harmon, of Houston; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Charles and Evelyn Price of Houston.

Robert E. "Bob" Barron, JD '67

Robert E. "Bob" Barron passed away May 5, 2018. He was born Sept. 3, 1950, in La Marque, Texas, to Billie Marie Stewart and Robert Newton Barron. He graduated from La Marque High School in 1968. He attended Baylor University, where he received his Bachelor of Business Administration in 1972, and he graduated Baylor Law School in 1974. He received his Certified Public Accountant license in 1976. Barron was board certified in consumer bankruptcy law, practiced bankruptcy law for over 40 years. Though being a partner of Barron & Barron, L.L.P. was a big part of his life, nothing overshadowed the love and devotion he had for his children and grandchildren. His favorite leisure time was short trips in his RV with his grandchildren and his dogs. In the summer, he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren in Ruidoso. He loved experiencing the outdoors with them. Together they enjoyed sports, farming and fishing.

He was predeceased in death by his mother, Billie Marie Barron. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Rose Mason Barron, three children, Robby Barron and his wife, Kim of Nederland, Diane Carter and her husband, Shawn of Dallas, Craig Barron and his wife, Kara of Los Angeles, their mother Margaret Somers of Houston; two step-children Al Judice and his wife Nickie of Bridge City, Alicia Romero and her husband, Emilio of Bridge City, his father Robert Newton Barron of Austin, two brothers Mark Barron of Austin and Eddie Barron of Amarillo. Also surviving are his 11 grandchildren, Robert, Morgan and William Barron, Nola and Adeline Carter, Collin, Miko and McKay Barron, A.J. and Ashton Judice, Adia Romero, Alexis and Christian Wall.

Nancy Katherine Matchus, JD '81

Nancy Katherine Matchus passed away peacefully April 27, 2018 at her home in Austin after a long battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Matchus was born on Sept. 28, 1955 in Roswell, New Mexico to Edward John Matchus, Sr. and Beatrice Irene Matchus. After graduation in 1974 from Robert E. Lee High School in Midland, TX, she graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, with a Bachelor of Science in Communication in 1978. In 1981, she earned her juris doctor from Baylor Law School.

Her passions included friends and family, music, puzzles, travel, wild flowers, mountains, New Mexico, cats, the law, a good debate, and especially her nieces and nephews. She married Daniel Patrick Fallwell on June 20, 1998 in Austin, TX. Her legal career was one of public service, working as an attorney for the state with the Texas Department of Water Resources and the Texas Water Development Board and later with the City of Austin. In 2008, she received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Travis County Women Lawyers' Association. She was a long-time active member of the League of Women Voters and served on the board of the organization's Austin group.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel Fallwell, and her father, Edward John Matchus, Sr. Survivors include her mother, Beatrice Matchus; brother, Edward John Matchus, Jr. (Cherry) of Midland, TX; sister, Edith Snodgrass (Steve) of Brady, TX; sister, Sarah Adamson (Danny); brother, Thomas Matchus (Jan); both of Midland, TX. She is survived by four nieces, Holly Hamm (Blake) of Magnolia, TX; Chesly Herd ("JT") of Midland, TX; Lindsey Slater of Austin, TX; and Emily Hood (Richard) of Morrison, CO. Other survivors include six nephews, John Tanner Matchus (Coleen) of Beery, VT; Karl Stanton (Allison) of Olympia, WA; Sean Matchus (Genesis) of College Station, TX; Seth Matchus; Samuel Matchus; and Simon Matchus, all of Midland, TX; numerous aunts, cousins, great nephews and nieces.

Frank Nevin Cremer Jr., JD '85

Frank Nevin Cremer Jr., JD '85, passed May 1, 2018. He was born August 2, 1961. He was raised all over the world from San Francisco, to Germany, to West Point due to his father's position in the United States Army. The Cremer family eventually settled in El Paso, Texas when he was a sophomore in high school. He graduated from Burgess High School and went on to attend Baylor University to study geology and law. He met the love of his life, Kimberley, while attending Baylor and they married in 1984. They moved to Midland shortly after, started a family, and lived there since 1985.

In addition to practicing law with his beloved partners and associates at Davis, Gerald & Cremer, in Midland, Cremer was a loving father and husband. He loved being with his family. He loved taking his children camping with the YMCA Indian Guides and Princesses, coaching little league sports, and attending orchestra and band concerts. He also loved his dogs and could often be seen sitting in the front yard in his red chairs watching the dogs run around entertaining the neighbors and their children. He loved attending any live sporting event or music event. He also enjoyed cooking and all the things that made life rich, including his grandmother's lasagna.

He was a devoted philanthropist. He was passionate about serving High Sky Children's Ranch, an organization that helps abused and neglected children. In addition to his time spent with High Sky, he was a faithful member of First Baptist Church serving as a Deacon, Sunday School Director, and a member of the church orchestra.

He is survived by his mother, Fran, his sisters, Cathy Larson and Lori Anaya, his wife, Kim, his sons, Paul and Joey, his daughter, Abbye, his daughter-in-law, Isabella as well as four nieces and nephews.