George Sladczyk Jr.

Mr. George Sladczyk, Jr., 82, passed away, with his daughters by his side, on Thursday, December 20, 2012, in Horseshoe Bay, Texas. Mr. Sladczyk was born in Port Arthur, Texas, on March 28, 1930, the first child to Mary Cleo Claycomb and Dr. George Sladczyk, Sr. He graduated in 1947 from Thomas Jefferson High School, where he proudly served as Captain of the Yellowjacket Varsity Basketball team, during his senior year. George was elected All-District, All- State, Most Valuable Player in the District, and accepted a basketball scholarship to The University of Texas at Austin. He enjoyed his initial years at The University and his affiliation with the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity there. In 1951, George joined the Air Force and was commissioned as a First Lieutenant. Upon completion of his active duty service to our country, he returned to The University to complete his undergraduate studies and attend law school. While attending The University of Texas School of Law, George served on the Texas Law Review and played on the famed Legal Eagles intramural football team, coached by the late Professor, Charles Alan Wright. He received his undergraduate BBA in 1955 and his Juris Doctorate degree with honors in 1956. After accepting a job with the esteemed law firm of Orgain, Bell & Tucker, LLP, in Beaumont that same year, Mr. Sladczyk returned to Southeast Texas and began his lengthy legal career. In 1959, he opened and maintained his own practice in Mid-county for many years and was sworn in to be heard and practice before The Supreme Court of the United States of America in 1968. In 1985, he joined the Beaumont office of Moore, Landry, Garth & Jones, L.L.P. and later retired from there in 1993, after 37 years of private practice. Mr. Sladczyk was a member of the State Bar of Texas and in 2006, proudly accepted an award from them for the completion of 50 years of licensed practice and dedication to the bar. Upon retirement, he made his home in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, on Lake LBJ at Horseshoe Bay, amidst many golf courses he regularly frequented with good friends. Despite his official retirement status, George continued to do mediation and arbitration work, served as a mock trial and moot court judge for The Board of Advocates at The University of Texas School of Law, (an organization which his daughter, Amy, was active in while she attended law school there, as well), maintained his law and real estate licenses, and continued to diligently serve as the sole financial trustee of some estate trusts, until the day he passed. Not only was Mr. Sladczyk an avid and skilled golfer for over 50 years, he also enjoyed Texas Longhorn (and other) sporting events, water sports, traveling with friends, flying, and was a voracious reader who loved to socialize and tell stories to anyone/ everyone who would listen, on a multitude of topics ranging from the latest good book he had read, to some of his past legal war stories. Mr. Sladczyk was an incredibly charming and affable gentleman who was active in religious, social, and civic organizations throughout his entire life. In his later years, he thoroughly enjoyed his affiliation with Trinity Episcopal Church, the volunteer initiatives he was involved in on its behalf, the studies he undertook there, and the loveliest people who befriended him and became his true friends from that parish. Mr. Sladczyk was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Eleanor McIlwain Stevens, of Beaumont, Texas. He leaves behind to cherish his memory his beloved family: daughter, Amy Sladczyk Hancock and son-in-law, Joshua Kelly Hancock of Houston, Texas; daughter, Kay Sladczyk of Horseshoe Bay, Texas; sister, Mary Ellen Sladczyk Sadler of Sugar Land, Texas; niece, Karen Sadler Cooksey of Houston, Texas and her children, his grand nieces and nephews. Memorial Services for Mr. Sladczyk will be held on Saturday, January 5, 2013, at 11:00 a.m., in the sanctuary of Trinity Episcopal Church, 909 Ave. D, in Marble Falls, Texas, with the Reverend David Sugeno, Rector, Officiating. Immediately following the ceremony there will be a gathering of friends and family at the church, hosted by The Daughters of the King, and his interment will be at Trinity's Memorial Garden. The family wishes to express gratitude to their father's dear friend, Judy Speers of Meadowlakes, Texas and the other wonderful parishioners and close friends from Trinity Episcopal Church, who along with George's extended Horseshoe Bay community of neighbors and friends, provided great support, companionship, and care as his health declined over the last few years. In lieu of customary remembrances, for those so desiring, contributions in memory of Mr. Sladczyk may be directed to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675; Trinity Episcopal Church, P. O. Box 580, Marble Falls, TX 78654; or The University of Texas at Austin/The University Development Office, Attn: Catherine Ott Griffith, Special Gifts Officer, P.O. Box 7458, Austin, TX 78713 Campus Mail: DEV A3000.

Published in the The Beaumont Enterprise on Dec. 30, 2012