Robert Louis “Bob” Schwarz passed away on July 21 at his home in Belton, Texas. He was born to Billie Irene (McCaslin) and Arthur Edgar Schwarz on November 29, 1929 at his grandparents' home in Mercedes, Texas. He was raised on a farm owned by his father and grandfather and spent countless hours working on the farm. He graduated from Mercedes High School in 1948 and spent the next year farming. During the summer of 1949, a young ministerial student from Baylor University, came to work at the First Baptist Church in Mercedes and befriended Bob. One Sunday near the end of the summer, the ministerial student convinced Bob to enroll at Baylor. Bob went home, packed up his car with everything he thought he would need and left for Baylor the next day. While at Baylor, Bob served on and lead a number of Baylor organizations, including serving as president of the Baylor Chamber of Commerce and the grand marshal of the homecoming parade. In his sophomore year, following the outbreak of the Korean War, Bob joined the Air Force ROTC. Shortly before the start of his senior year at Baylor, Bob enrolled in Baylor Law, where he quickly found one of his life's passions-the practice of law. Bob graduated from law school in 1955 and served as co-editor of the Baylor Law Review. Another life changing event occurred in a Baylor dorm in the fall of 1952 when Bob met the love of his life, Bette Lu Nichols. They were married on May 30, 1953 at First Baptist Church in Gatesville, Texas, and were blessed with sixty-three years of marriage.
After graduating from law school, Bob was assigned to the U.S. Air Force Base in Harlingen, Texas as a member of the Judge Advocate General (JAG). After serving with JAG for two years, Bob joined the McAllen law firm that ultimately became Atlas, Hall & Rodriguez where he practiced law throughout his entire career. Despite his busy practice of law, Bob was active in his community. He served on the board of directors for the Rio Grande Children's Home, Buckner Baptist Children's Home, and the Salvation Army. Bob was also the President of the McAllen Lions Club and a Deacon at First Baptist Church, McAllen. Bob was also a charting member of the Baylor President's Club.
Sports were also one of Bob's life-long passions. While at Mercedes High School, Bob played football, basketball, and pole vaulted for the track and field team. Bob attended the first Baylor football game at Floyd Casey stadium in 1950 and he attended the last game at the stadium, sixty-four years later, on December 7, 2013. He also attended many football games, including the first one, at the new McLane Stadium. In addition, Bob attended countless Baylor men's basketball and women's basketball games in the Ferrell Center. He watched Baylor tennis matches and became a fan of Baylor women's soccer when his granddaughter joined the team. Bob's love for Baylor University and Baylor Law trickled down to his family; all three of his children attended Baylor or Baylor Law and three of his five grandchildren went to Baylor. He was always eager for a conversation about Baylor sports and enjoyed cheering the men's and women's basketball championship teams.
Bob loved his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, his family, his friends, his church family and all things Baylor. Preceding him in death were his parents and his brother Jack Schwarz, and his beloved wife Bette Lu (Nichols) Schwarz. He is survived by his children, Robert Louis (Bobby) Schwarz II and his wife Tammy of Odessa, William Arthur (Butch) Schwarz and his wife Mary Jane of McAllen, and Barbara Schwarz Young and her husband Dr. Keith Young of Belton, and his grandchildren Robert Louis (Trey) Schwarz III of Midland, William Albert (Tate) Schwarz and his wife Kelli of Odessa, Aynsley Kay Young of Dallas, Dr. Hadley Kay Young of Temple, and Brentyn Allen Young of San Antonio. During his last years Bob was cared for by his devoted caregiver Jovenia Manley with assistance from two other caregivers, Bernard and Allison Day, who will forever be family.
William Thad “Tal” Roberts, III, passed away peacefully on June 26, surrounded by his loved ones. Tal was born in Shreveport, Louisiana on December 8, 1942 to Thad and Kitty Roberts. He was big brother to his much-loved sisters, Cindy and Sybi. The son of a music minister and children’s choir director, Tal’s life was marked by a great love of music and a steady, enduring faith. After graduating from Lamar High School in Houston in 1960, Tal went on to Baylor University. He earned both an undergraduate and law degree from Baylor, but more importantly, it’s where he met the love of his life, Nancy Curtis. They married in September 1966 and had two daughters, Jennifer and Rebecca, both of whom thought the world of their dad. Tal joined the FBI after law school and he and Nancy spent time in Ohio and Illinois before settling in Dallas in 1969. Tal joined The Baptist Foundation of Texas (now HighGround Advisors) in 1969 as an associate in the legal division and was then later promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, serving until his retirement in 1997.
After retiring, Tal was privileged to have the opportunity to focus on some of his favorite things like birding, traveling, reading, going to the symphony, singing in his church choir and spending time with family and the countless friends he made during his lifetime. In the year 2000, however, his first of seven grandchildren were born and being “Gramps” instantly became his new favorite thing. He loved his grandchildren dearly and they loved him back. One of his favorite places to spend time with them was in New Harbor, Maine, where he and Nancy visited each summer for over 20 years. He introduced all of us to the beauty of the Maine Coast and was an expert at creating the most meaningful memories that will be with us forever. Throughout his life, Tal found great joy in giving of his time, talent, and treasure. He was a friend to all and left us with a lasting example of what it looks like to live with a servant’s heart.
Tal is preceded in death by his parents, Thad and Kitty Roberts. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife Nancy, with whom he would have celebrated 55 years of marriage this fall; daughter and son-in-law Jennifer and Travis Armayor and their children Tal, Margot, Clara and Leah; daughter and son-in-law Rebecca and Jeff Montgomery and their children Lewis, Sam and Lucy; his sister and brother-in-law Cindy and David Bragg and their daughter and her family, Chloe and Craig Brevelle, Grayson and Daniel; his sister and brother-in-law Sybi and Ron Ward and their children and their families, Amy and Ed Meier, Penelope and Nolan, and Aaron and Stephanie Ward.
Hon. Toby Goodman of Mansfield, TX, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 18. Toby was born in Wichita Falls on November 2, 1948. He was the first born of Dobbie and Johnnie Goodman's five children. Toby grew up in Wichita Falls and after graduating from Hirschi High School in 1967, he attended TCU, earning his B.A. in 1971. He then continued his education at Baylor University, earning his J.D. in 1974. Toby's long and distinguished law career began in 1974 as a City of Arlington Assistant Attorney. In 1977, he left the City Attorney's office to enter private practice as a family lawyer, an area that he continued to work in until his passing. During his law career, Toby served as Director for both the Tarrant County Family Bar Association and the Arlington Bar Association. He also had a long and distinguished career as a public servant that began with his service as an Adjunct Professor at UTA from 1974 to 1984. Toby faithfully served the cities of Arlington and Mansfield as state representative for District 93 from 1991 through 2007. His substantial legislative accomplishments reflect his intellect and work ethic, as well as the respect he enjoyed among his colleagues. He was loved for his sense of fairness and world class sense of humor. He was a pioneer in juvenile justice reform, working to rewrite the code in 1995. These changes were considered landmark and have been used as a model around the country. Toby was a tireless advocate for Family Law in the legislature, rewriting much of the Family Code. He was a steadfast advocate for the City of Arlington and the City of Mansfield. While in the Texas Capitol, Toby fought for more support for UTA from the UT System to become a Tier 1 institution, increased support for development and research, secured funding for the ERB building, and in 2004 was named a UTA Honorary Distinguished Alumni. During his tenure as state representative, he served on numerous committees and taskforces. Among some of these committees, he served as Tarrant County Civil Justice Task Force chairman, House Committee on Juvenile Justice and Family Issues chairman and vice chairman, Governor's Juvenile Justice Taskforce chairman and Attorney General's School Violence Task Force chairman. His numerous honors include being named among the Ten Best Legislators by Texas Monthly, Ten Best Legislators in the Family Law Section from the State Bar of Texas, Legislator of the Year by the National Child Support Enforcement Association, Legislator of the Year by the Texas Council of Child Welfare Boards and a Tarrant County Family Law Bar Association Certificate of Distinction. Toby was known for his love of TCU football, his contagious laugh, traveling, fine dining, researching history (particularly Biblical history), devotion to family, telling stories and taking care of people. Nothing gave him more pleasure than helping people.
Toby was preceded in death by mother, Dobbie Goodman; father, Johnnie Goodman; brother, Mike Goodman, and former wife Lissa Latigo. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Gloria; children, Brian, Lauri and Christie Goodman; sister, DeDe Goodman; brothers, Gary and Joe Goodman; grandchildren, Kaleigh and Abbie Goodman, Jordan and Jackson Dismang, and a multitude of nieces, nephews and cousins.
James Eugene "Gene" Clack joined Jesus in Heaven. Gene loved to sing. He sang all kinds of songs. He sang Happy Birthday to everyone and now he is singing with the Heavenly Hosts praising Jesus. Gene loved Jesus and his family with his whole heart. Gene was a friend to everyone and would tell anyone about our Father God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.
Gene entered this world in El Paso, TX on January 17, 1953, and went to heaven from Canyon, TX on June 23, 2021. He called Andrews his hometown and graduated from Andrews High School in 1971. Black and Gold were the colors to wave until he went to Baylor where he waved the Green and Gold. He graduated from Baylor Law School in 1976 and began his law practice in Crane, TX where he practiced both civil and criminal law and was the Crane County Attorney for many years. As his love of people divulged into the community, he was involved in the Crane Volunteer Fire Department, Lions Club, and wherever there was a need. A move to Ballinger, TX kept him on his toes with a civil and criminal practice. He loved the people in Ballinger and was active in the Rotary Club, serving as President twice, and with the Ethnic Festival.
Gene loved the outdoors as he loved living in the country. He loved the generational family ranch out from Talpa, TX where he wanted his body to rest. The Talpa ranch was a place to play, hunt, fish, remember his grandparents or just sit and enjoy the quietness. Gene made the decision to move to Canyon when his family needed more help. He traded 55 acres for a neighborhood. More than practicing law, the Black and Gold, the Green and Gold or the Talpa Ranch, he loved his family. He told us all he loved us many times.
Gene's father James H. "Jim" Clack passed to heaven before Gene. Cherishing his memory are his loving wife of over 28 years, Sandra Clack. James Clack and wife Kaila and grandson Clack who will join us in October. Jeff Clack and wife Jordan and daughter, Jentri. April Hunley and husband, Jeremy, and daughters Shelby and Addison. John Hirrill and wife Kay and son Ty. His mother Knoxine Clack will always hold him dear as son. Siblings Cynthia Clack and boyfriend Randall Shafer and brother Steve Clack and wife Nelwyn and their families. Special sister-in-law Lindra Riordan.
Going to heaven was not sudden for Gene. He fought post-polio (he had polio at age 2), congestive heart failure, and diabetes for many years. All three of those did not dance well together many times. Gene loved large parties and celebrations and wanted a celebration of his life with food, music, a little dancing, and sharing good and funny stories.
Steven David Einhorn of New York City, passed away unexpectedly on July 13. Steven was born July 22, 1977, in La Mirada, California to David and Peggy Einhorn. He graduated with a Bachelor's in History from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He then continued his education and earned a Masters of Divinity from Master's Seminary and then a Juris Doctorate from Baylor Law School. To complete his education, he earned an LLM in Tax from New York University. Steven was a partner at Brown Rudnick LLP and a member of the firm's Tax Practice Group. He focused on a broad range of executive compensation and employee benefits matters, particularly in the context of mergers, acquisitions and other forms of business transactions and reorganizations. Steven also advised tax-exempt organizations and executives of tax-exempt organizations in compensation and benefits issues. Prior to joining Brown Rudnick, Steven was a member of Proskauer Rose and Weil Gotshal. Steven authored and co-authored numerous publications and because of his strong reputation, he was named "Rising Star" by Super Lawyer in the area of employee benefits.
Steven was determined and could accomplish anything he set his mind to do. He loved to learn. He could often be found listening to podcasts, researching whatever topic that may have come to mind that day, watching his beloved Los Angeles Lakers, or spending time with his family, whom he loved. Steven was an active member of Redeemer Presbyterian Church. He was a phenomenal storyteller and had an incredible sense of humor. Fiercely loyal to those around him, Steven was a good friend to everyone he met. To know Steven was to love him. His faith and his family were his worlds. Steven loved New York City and exploring with his family while creating lifelong memories. He also loved playing games with them and was the best #girldad.
Steven is survived by his wife, Laura Einhorn; daughters, Katherine and Elizabeth Einhorn; mother, Peggy Einhorn; father, David Einhorn; sister, Shelly Einhorn; many cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews. He is preceded in death by his son, Steven David Einhorn, Jr.