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Obituary for Judge Pat Priest

November 13, 1940 - October 12, 2018
San Antonio, Texas | Age 77


Judge Pat Priest was born in Gainesville, Florida. He and his family lived in Florida, Illinois, Brownsville, and, finally, Harlingen, Texas, where he met his high school sweetheart, Nancy Dague, in the high school band. Pat graduated from Harlingen High School in 1958 and then attended Tulane University on a full Navy ROTC Scholarship. He and Nancy married in 1961. After graduating Tulane in 1962, he worked in the insurance business, moving to Harlingen for a short time, then to San Antonio in 1964, so he could pursue his dream of going to law school. By this time, he and Nancy had 2 children, so he worked full time to support his family and attended St. Mary's night law school from 1964 – 1969. He took the bar examination and was licensed in October 1968 before graduating magna cum laude from law school.

Pat was a sole practitioner and loved being a trial lawyer. He was in the first group of lawyers who were board certified in criminal law in 1975. He also was an adjunct professor of law at St. Mary's, teaching Criminal Law and Procedure, and, later, Trial Advocacy. He also authored a book on Texas Courtroom Criminal Evidence.

In 1980, Pat was elected Judge of the 187th District Court. He had a diligent work ethic and a great rapport with the lawyers who appeared before him. Honesty and integrity were very important to him, and he always strived to do the right thing. He treated everyone in his court with dignity and respect. In 1995, he became a Visiting Judge and later Senior Judge, presiding in civil, criminal and juvenile courts all over the State of Texas until 2018.

Pat was very civic minded, serving on Jail Chaplaincy Board, AACOG, SABA Director, Good Samaritan Center Board President, Camp Fire Girls President, and as a Little League coach. He always made time for his children and never missed their musical performances, sports games, and school programs. He instilled the value of education in his children and grandchildren.

He always had a great love for music. He played French horn in high school and college, earning a spot in Texas All-State Band. He sang in church choirs, community choirs, and once even sang the National Anthem at a Spurs game.

A faithful Episcopalian, he served on the vestry and was Senior Warden several times. He also served as Diocesan Chancellor.

Pat is survived by his wife of 57 years, Nancy; daughter, Melissa, San Antonio; son, Jeff, and girlfriend, Ofilia Lindsay, San Antonio; daughter, Rebecca Koch, husband, Jeff, and their children, Clayton, Benjamin and Mallory, Leander, Texas, and son, Matthew, San Francisco, California. He is also survived by his brother, Edward Priest and wife, Robin, Allen, Texa; and numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews.

A service of Sharing Memories and Remembrances will be held on Wednesday, October 17, at 6:30 pm at Porter Loring Funeral Home, 1101 McCullough. Funeral will be at 1 pm on Thursday, October 18, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 1416 N Loop 1604 E.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Good Samaritan Community Services, St. Thomas Episcopal Church Organ Fund or charity of your choice.

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1101 McCullough Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78212
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