Michael M. Fricke
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Michael M. Fricke
  • December 10, 1936 - September 15, 2016
  • Port Lavaca, Texas

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Michael Moorman Fricke, 79, of Port Lavaca passed away at his home surrounded by family on September 15, 2016. He was born December 10, 1936, in Daisetta, TX. When Michael was a small child his family moved to Bay City, where he grew up and graduated from Bay City High School.
Michael graduated from The University of Texas with a B.A. in Psychology in 1958 and then received his LL.B. from The University of Texas - School of Law in 1961. He presided as the first Judge of the Calhoun County Court of Law No. 1 from 1986 to 1999. Some of his achievements included: former Municipal Court Judge; former City Attorney (22 years); President, County Courts at Law Judges Association; Vice-Chairman, Grievance Committee (8 years) and President, Calhoun County Bar Association. He was a member of American Bar Association; Criminal Defense Lawyers Association; Texas Bar Foundation and the 24th Judicial District Community Justice Council. In his later years, he spent numerous hours researching his family history sharing with all who would listen. When he wasn't busy with all of that he loved to bowl, play golf, fish, play his guitar, and root for the Texas Longhorns.
He is survived by his wife, Anita Gonzales Fricke; daughters: Mary Davant Fricke of Port Lavaca, Lisa Fricke Berger (James J.) of Tulsa, OK and Laura Fricke Grundhoefer (Jon R.) of San Antonio; sister, Patricia Fricke Ewell of Katy; sister-in-law, Connie Gonzales Brecker (Jim); brother-in-law, Tony Gonzales (Lisa); grandchildren: Belinda Fricke, Jarrod Berger, Lauren Berger, Jordan Grundhoefer and Joshua Grundhoefer; great-grandson, Adrian Michael Fricke and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon Herman Fricke and Alma Ralph Moorman Fricke Coppock.
A time of visitation will be held Friday, September 23 from 6-8 pm at Richardson-Colonial Funeral Home in Port Lavaca. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, September 24 at 11 am at Grace Episcopal Church, 213 E Austin, Port Lavaca. Honorary pallbearers are: Dr. James E. Davant, DVM, Richard "Dick" Dye, David Roberts, Michael W. Davant, Hulon G. Moorman, Jon R. Grundhoefer and James J. Berger. A private burial will be held at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made to the Longhorn Foundation, Attn: Memorial Gifts, P.O. Box 7399, Austin, TX 78713; Our Lady of Gulf- Capital Campaign, 415 W Austin, Port Lavaca, TX 77979; Grace Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 172, Port Lavaca, TX 77979 or Hospice of South Texas, 605 East Locust Ave, Victoria, TX 77901.
Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.richardsoncolonial.com.