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DAVID HADDON HOCKEMA

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DAVID HADDON HOCKEMA Obituary
DAVID HADDON HOCKEMA EDINBURG - David Haddon Hockema passed away July 1, 2013 at University Hospital in San Antonio, where he was awaiting a lung transplant. He was born on November 18, 1947 in Temple, Texas. David grew up in Kilgore, Texas where he attended Kilgore High School. David was a Division One college athlete at the University of Arizona, before transferring to the University of Texas-Plan II, where he received his BA in political science. In 1973, he received his doctor of jurisprudence from the University of Texas School of Law. The rest is history. A legend of a lawyer was born. David was licensed for over 40 years, and continued to work on cases while at the hospital awaiting transplant. He loved the practice of law, and was proud to tell the big city lawyers he was from Hidalgo County. Through the years, he represented clients from every walk of life. He was happiest when trying a law suit. He proved to many a big city lawyer that he truly was "David" and that Goliath would fall! He loved helping the little guy. He was board certified in Civil trial law and personal injury law. He was a member of the prestigious International Trial Lawyer's Academy, American Board of Trial Advocates, and was chosen as a "Texas Super Lawyer" for over a decade. David loved the outdoors, and especially fishing. Many of his happiest moments were spent on the water with friends. Over the last eight years, he enjoyed traveling to Europe and South America with his wife Nora. He was preceded in death by his parents Max Westley Hockema and Sarah Bedwell Hockema, and his only sibling, Mark Hockema. He was also predeceased by his first wife, Yvonne Hockema and daughter Anne-Elise Hockema. He is survived by his loving wife, Justice Nora Longoria (13th Court of Appeals) and by his son, Jared Haddon Hockema; daughters Jenna Leigh Hockema, Kathleen Elise Hockema, Weslee Anne Hockema, Perri Laine Hockema and Lauren Isabella Hockema. He is also survived by his mother and father-in-law, Leo and Mary Longoria, and by numerous cousins. Visitation will be held Sunday, July 7, 2013 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm, with a celebration of life at 7:00 pm, both at Kreidler Funeral Home in McAllen, Texas. Funeral Services will be conducted on July 8, 2013 at 10:00 am at St. John's Episcopal Church in McAllen, Texas, to be followed by burial at Valley Memorial Gardens in Mission, Texas. Pallbearers are Darrell Barger, Paul Moxley, Albert Suarez, Joe Escobedo, Cullen Looney and Alter Holand. Honorary pallbearers are Guy Allison, Leo Longoria, Todd Stewart, Jim Bluhm, Kathryn Snapka and Jim Lauderdale. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that persons wishing to honor his memory register as organ donors, and commit to register others as organ donors. Monetary donations may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 East Ohio Street, Suite 304, Chicago, Illinois 60611-3201; or, online at http://pulmonaryfibrosis.donorpages.com/ Tribute/DavidHockema/. kreidlerfuneralhome.com Sign the guest book at www.themonitor.com/obituaries
Published in The Monitor from July 3 to July 7, 2013
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