MAYO J. GALINDO died March 27, 2015 at age 85. He was born in San Antonio, Texas, May 31, 1929 to Ramon and Concepcion Lares Galindo.
He attended local schools including Central Catholic High School, after which he entered The University of Texas where he received a degree in government, then entered UT Law School and graduated with a doctorate in jurisprudence at midterm, 1952, taking the bar exam in March. He married Iva Kowierschke of Castell, Texas on March 7, 1952.
After his graduation and marriage ceremony, he was drafted into The United States Marine Corps on March 17, 1952 in order to fulfill his military obligation, and while being a mere Marine recruit he was administered the oath of the Bar April 9, 1952 by his Battalion Commander. After proudly serving his country, he returned home to practice public law with the City Attorney's Office under the tutelage of later Court of Appeals Chief Justice, Carlos Cadena. Subsequently, he served as a prosecutor with the Bexar County Criminal District Attorney's Office. Those experiences prepared him to enter private practice in June, 1961, and he remained a sole practitioner until his death.
Alongside an active law practice, at times he served on the committee to screen applicants for admission to the bar, was chairman of the San Antonio plan to compensate court appointed attorneys in criminal law cases, served on the committee to enhance and mentor attorneys entering the Bar, and served the Texas State Bar as a member of the committee to implement legal services for indigent persons in the criminal and civil law areas. While a member of the Appellate Section of the San Antonio Bar he researched and authored the history of the Fourth Court of Appeals for its Centennial Anniversary in September, 1993. He was a lifetime member of the Texas Bar Foundation, served as prosecutor for the Grievance Committee for the then Twentieth Congressional District, served as Chairman of the San Antonio Municipal Civil Service Commission for six years and served as Chairman of the San Antonio Firefighters and Police Officers' Civil Service Commission. He was City Attorney for the City of Live Oak for 43 years, the City of Hill Country Village for 19 years, and served as city attorney for the cities of Balcones Heights and Bulverde. Mr. Galindo also served the Criminal District Attorney for the 81st Judicial District of Texas in filing quo warranto proceedings to remove public officials from office who were found guilty of professional misconduct. As well, he served the City of San Antonio's Ethics Commission on a pro bono basis.
He considered himself a lawyer first and served people from all walks of life, so long as he believed their cause was just and right, and was well known to abhor an injustice to anyone. Throughout his lifetime he lived out his principles that it is better to give than to receive, better to understand than be understood and better to serve than be served.
He was preceded in death by his son, Cameron Thane Galindo on November 29, 1989, and is survived by his wife of 63 years, Iva M. Galindo; son, Mayo J. Galindo, Jr, M.D. (Karen), daughter, Diana Galindo (Harold Figueroa, M.D.), daughter, Sabrina Galindo; grandchildren Alicia Wedgworth (Wesley), Lowell Galindo (Kristin), Luke Galindo, M.D. (Jennie), David Hernandez, Cameron Figueroa and Kresley Figueroa; and great-grandchildren, Addison Wedgworth, Mack and Amelia Galindo; and his brothers, Raymond Galindo, Gus Galindo (Diane).
Since 1962 Mr. Galindo was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church of San Antonio. He served the congregation in various capacities: President of the congregation, elder, chairman of the Board of Education, member of the Mission Board, and for many years church council member.
The family will receive friends from 6:00-9:00 P.M. on Monday, March 30 at Porter Loring Mortuary North and at Concordia Lutheran Church on Tuesday March 31 beginning at 10:00 A.M.