Richard R. Morrison, III, of Austin, passed away, October 2, 2021. Richard was born June 9, 1939 to Richard R. Morrison, Jr. and Emogene Morrison in Marshall, Texas. He graduated from Daingerfield High School in 1957 and the University of Texas in 1962. Richard received a JD from Baylor University, was admitted to the Bar and joined the law firm Wellborn Houston, Henderson, Texas, 1965. He co-founded the Daniel Morrison firm, Liberty, Texas, 1968; was partner at Gray Roche Burch Morrison, Houston, 1976 and joined Krist Gunn Weller Neumann Morrison, Clear Lake, 1978; was admitted to the U.S. District Courts, Eastern and Southern Districts of Texas; U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th and 11th Circuits; Houston Bar Association; Texas Trial Lawyer Association, Board of Directors 1986-87; Association of Trial Lawyers of America; American Board of Trial Advocates.
Richard was a trial lawyer handling civil and criminal cases. He appeared as trial counsel in hundreds of cases in Texas and in several other states. He made his name representing the working men and women of Texas in precedent setting cases involving workers compensation, personal injury and products liability.
His involvement in environmental and conservation matters on the Gulf Coast helped preserve what we all enjoy today. He served on many boards and committees that routinely dealt with protecting, preserving and enhancing the environment. He Chaired the Navigation District of Liberty-Chambers County, 1973-74; Commissioner, Texas Parks & Wildlife Commission, 1983-89; Vice Chair Texas Parks & Wildlife Commission, 1987-89; Texas Parks & Wildlife Emeritus Society, 1995; Governor's Advisory Panel on Offshore Oil and Chemical Spill Responses; Governor's Advisory Panel on Shrimp and Oysters; Founder of the Galveston Bay Foundation, Vice-Chair of the Galveston Bay Foundation, 1987-89; Chair Galveston Bay Foundation, 1989-90; Executive Committee of Board of Trustees, Galveston Bay Foundation, 1987-93; Executive Committee of Board of Trustees, Lower Laguna Madre Foundation, 1991-93; Mayor Bob Lanier's Transition Team on the Environment, 1992-93; Board of Directors Gulf Coast Conservation Association; Board of Directors Bayou Preservation Society of Houston; Board of Directors Wetlands Habitat Alliance of Texas; Board of Directors Quail Unlimited, Houston Chapter; Board of Directors, Armand Bayou Nature Center, 1992-93; and Chair of Committee for Safe Seafood and Recreation 1989. Richard advocated for the Texas Coast; and diligently worked toward solving problems utilizing a balanced approach among competing interests while always striving to protect and preserve the Gulf of Mexico and its diverse and abundant fishery. As Commissioner at Parks & Wildlife he took the lead in "The Redfish Wars" by making redfish a gamefish, reducing the daily possession and banning all gill nets in Texas Bays. Also, during his time as Commissioner, Parks & Wildlife outlawed deer hunting with dogs in East Texas and set a minimum length for black bass. As a member of Galveston Bay Foundation, he helped change the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' policy of open bay disposal of dredge spoil to the containerized practice of today; helping to preserve our coastal marshes and the sea grass in our bays.
Richard was a devoted father and grandfather and passed his deep love of Texas to his kids and grandkids. He took them fishing and hunting all over Texas; teaching them to respect every gun as if it was loaded, how conservation leads to abundance, and proof that God's existence can be seen in cool thigh deep water at sunrise. But the greatest gift he passed to his children and grandchildren was his bottomless love he had for each of them; always patient always kind. He was known for his unconditional love, a man who loved the arts, beautiful music, people of all colors and religions, great jokes and great books; but above all, his kindness.
He was preceded in death by his wife Sheri Morrison. He is survived by wife Ann Hanna Morrison, children Richard Morrison, IV (Allyson), Paige Morrison, James Morrison (Toni), Jake Morrison, sister Charlotte Morrison, niece Leigh Smith, grandchildren Haley McDonald (Matt), 1st Lt. Austin Morrison, USMC, John Morrison, Julia Morrison, Lauren Morrison, Joseph Morrison, Alexander Morrison, and stepsons Todd Hanna and Trent Hanna.
John Carlos, born in Mangum, Oklahoma, on October 18, 1949, died unexpectedly in his home on May 16, 2021. He was 71 years old. John was born to Claudine & Ancel Carlos and the family soon moved to Pampa, Texas, where John lived until graduating high school in 1968. John was a good student, a basketball player, and was once awarded "All Around Boy," an accolade befitting him for the rest of his life. John attended college at Texas Tech where he joined the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, earning the nickname "Los," and then continued on to Baylor Law School. Upon graduation, he moved to San Antonio in 1975 where he joined the firm Groce, Locke & Hebdon. He continued to practice trial law, civil defense and mediation work in San Antonio until his passing, enjoying a well-deserved reputation for honesty and integrity.
In college, John worked at a fine men's clothing store and since those days he was always impeccably dressed. This instilled in John a life-long appreciation of fine things and the ethic to take the best care of what you had. He was a clothes horse and enjoyed sourcing items from specialty clothiers across the country. His family teased him often because his closets were organized by item type, then fabric, then pattern, then color, and each hanger was perfectly spaced every half-inch.
Sports were a constant in John's life and there has never been a more enthusiastic and dedicated Spurs fan. His family believes he died satisfied having just seen his beloved Tim Duncan, "Timmy," make the Hall of Fame. He held season tickets in the 1980s and since had never missed a game on TV. He could recall stats from years past and knew various personal & professional details about each player. He often recalled the Dallas Cowboys Glory Days, telling stories of the December 23, 1973 game in which Roger Staubach threw an 83-yard Hail Mary pass to Drew Pearson, who ran it in for a touchdown. That was also his wedding day. He golfed for many years with his son, Will.
He told goofy Dad jokes, was a ridiculous dancer, and resisted changes in technology. He could make a belt tie itself in a knot with the flick of a wrist. His favorite song was "What I Like About Texas" by Gary P. Nunn. He loved the patio at La Fonda on Main and late-night dinners at Mi Tierra. He took daily walks to talk with God. He always looked on the bright side of life and taught his children to do the same. His was truly unconditional love, finding joy and taking pride in his children's smallest achievements. He spoke with us daily, asking "WFD?" (What's for dinner?) or reminding us to drive safely and lock our doors. He never failed to issue weather alerts, no matter the location. He was always available for a talk or advice, never criticized or ridiculed, and was unfailingly supportive. He was a wonderful father and grandfather, the best Daddy ever, and he is greatly missed.
John is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his daughter Emily Carlos Carty (William) of Dallas, and her mother Paula Hale of Tulsa, OK; son Will Carlos of San Antonio, daughter Margaret Carlos of Ft. Myers, FL, daughter Ellen Carlos of San Antonio, and their mother Claudia Carlos of San Antonio; and his sister Cathy McCain (Kevin) of Freeport, TX. He is also survived by his beloved granddaughter, Katherine (Lysle) Brady, who called him "Jefe."
Michelle Marie DeVoe McIntyre, of Houston, TX, went to her Heavenly home on October 19, 2021. She was born to Ronald and Judith DeVoe on June 23, 1966 in Chicago, Illinois, followed by three sisters - Kara, Amy, and Lauren. While earning her degree at Baylor Law School, Michelle met the love of her life, Mark McIntyre, who she married on January 8th, 1994, in Dallas, TX. Mark and Michelle were blessed to celebrate 27 years of marriage together and share three beautiful children - Will, Dylan, and Isabel - who Michelle loved with all of her heart.
Michelle was a deeply loved wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, neighbor, and friend. She was a pillar of strength and stability amongst her friends and family. The perfect example of a first-born child, she was a great role model and mentor for her younger siblings. She thrived in the chaos of busy family life and was able to navigate any situation with an abundance of grace, thoughtfulness, and intelligence. She was always willing to help those around her in any way she could, both big and small. She generously gave out advice and her time in order to help others. Her generosity and thoughtfulness were also displayed in her ability to always find the absolute perfect gift for friends and family.
Michelle cherished her summers in Colorado with her family and spoke of those times often. She had impeccable taste in food, design, fashion, and music. She loved attending the Austin City Limits music festival in the fall with her kids, friends and niece/nephew. She also cherished the time she spent with her daughter attending performances by the Houston Ballet. She was a lifelong academic and reading was a serious passion. Her sharp wit and sense of humor were a gift to those around her. She passed her appreciation for literature, great food, travel and humor to her children.
Michelle was dedicated to creating a better world around her, and fought enthusiastically for what she believed in. After graduating from Texas A&M, she attended Baylor Law School where she found a lifelong group of girlfriends that she has remained close to ever since. After graduation, she worked at Jackson and Walker law firm for seven years. When her first child was born, she left the law firm and devoted her time to raising her children in whom she imparted her productive nature and respect for education.
Michelle, along with her daughter Isabel, was a devoted advocate for JDRF - the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes research. Michelle collaborated with her close friend Rebecca Hlavinka to form a JDRF team that raised over 150,000 dollars for juvenile diabetes research.
Left to cherish Michelle’s memory are her parents Ron and Judy, her husband Mark, her children Will, Dylan, and Isabel, her siblings, Kara, Amy, and Lauren, her 14 nieces and nephews, as well as her enormous group of friends.