Melvin Krenek

A fantastic father, excellent lawyer, ardent hunter and a true friend ~ Melvin Arthur Krenek, age 78, died on Friday, October 25, 2013. Mel was born on May 20, 1935 to Otto and Lucille Krenek. He graduated from St. Thomas High School in Houston in 1953, University of St. Thomas with a BA in 1957, University of Texas Law School with an LL.B in 1960 with graduate studies in Legal Medical in 1960. As a young trial lawyer, Mel trained under John H. Wood. He mastered the art of storytelling, using the art form to become one of the most successful insurance defense attorneys in the state. He was respected by everyone at the courthouse, including judges, administrators, and the plaintiffs bar that he earned his living battling. Mel excelled at everything he did. He played baseball in college; he was an accomplished musician, working his way through law school as a member of a string trio. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was happiest at home on his hill country ranch, which was, as he used to say, geographically similar to his station in life: halfway between Comfort and Welfare. Mel was a Partner in the Law Firm of Krenek & Heinemeyer, PC. He was previously a partner in the law firms of Melvin Krenek & Associates; Beckmann, Krenek, Olson & Quirk; Beckmann, Stanard, Vance & Wood; and Beckmann, Stanard, Wood & Keene. He was a member of the San Antonio Bar Association, State Bar of Texas and American Bar Association. Mel was a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and Past President of the San Antonio Chapter. He was a member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, Defense Research Institute (DRI) and Texas Association of Defense Counsel. He was licensed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and Federal Circuit, U.S. District Courts for the Western, Southern and Northern Districts of Texas. Mel was also a member of the Order of the Alamo, San Antonio German Club (President 1970), Conopus Club and International Safari Club. He is survived by his daughter, Rene Wheeler (Tom) of Lakehills, TX; nephew, Skipper Otto Moulder (Alecia) of Splendora, TX; niece, Ella Goines (Doug) of Houston, TX. Visitation will be on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Porter Loring on McCullough.
OCTOBER 31, 2013
10:15 A.M.
11:00 A.M.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Fisher House for Disabled Veterans or the Wounded Warrior Project. Interment in Boerne City Cemetery.
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1101 McCullough San Antonio, TX 78212

Published in Express-News on Oct. 30, 2013