Gary Michael Angelle was born on July 14, 1936, to Napolean Bonapart Angelle and Hazel Marie Gary in Port Arthur. He was raised Catholic and attended St. James and Bishop Byrne Catholic High School, graduating in 1954. He was a member of the Texas National Guard and served as a medic. He attended Lamar University, receiving a Bachelor's of Business Administration degree in 1961. While attending high school and Lamar University, he worked for his uncle in the used car business, known as Angelle Used Cars. After Lamar, he worked for Texaco Research from 1961 to 1965, when he left to enter the University of Houston Law School, where he received a Doctor's of Jurisprudence in 1968. While in law school, he was a member of The Order of the Barons, the honorary legal scholastic society of the University of Houston College of Law, and served as Chief Baron. While attending law school, he worked on the freight docks in Houston. After graduating, he entered the practice of law, as an Assistant District Attorney for Jefferson County, Texas. He left the District Attorney's office in 1970 to enter the private practice of law. He established his law office in Nederland and praticed there until 1999, when he retired. While in practice, he was a Board Certified Specialists in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. After retiring, he used his expertise as a mediator and arbitrator in domestic and civil cases. He was married to Esmeralda Angelle in 2003 and is survived by her; his daughter, Tara Lynn Angelle; step-son, Randy Sauceda, brother, Lowell Angelle; brother, Richard Zapf; sister, Barbara Rogers; and sister, Patricia Tooley. He enjoyed jogging for 25 years, snow skiing for 18 years, swimming, water skiing, yard work where he won first prize in a contest in Nederland, motorhomeing, mediating, and helping people cope with problems in life. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 14, 2012, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Nederland, Msgr. Dan Malain, celebrant. Interment will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Groves. A gathering of family and friends will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, April 13, 2012, at Melancon's Funeral Home in Nederland, with a Scriptural Rosary being recited at 6:00 p.m. Special thanks to the friends who cared for him through his journey. Details and guest register available at: Melancons.org.
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Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Apr. 13, 2012