Dan Gibson Walton
1950 - 2013
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Dan Gibson "Gib" Walton, age 62, died suddenly on Thursday, the 7th of February 2013, in his law office in Houston, Texas. He was widely recognized as a devoted family man, extraordinary trial lawyer, dedicated civic servant, and enthusiastic friend to many around the world.
Born in Houston, Texas, in 1950, Gib attended Robert E. Lee High School. He earned a football scholarship to the University of Virginia and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with honors. Gib was a student leader at The University, living on The Lawn and serving on the Honor Committee. He was a member of Zeta Psi social fraternity, and the Raven Society, the oldest honorary society at the University of Virginia. Most importantly, he met his wife, Martha, while attending Virginia. Following his graduation, Gib and Martha were married on the 24th of June 1972. They moved to Austin, Texas, for Gib to attend The University of Texas School of Law. Gib received a J.D. with honors and was a member of the Texas Law Review, Order of the Coif, Phi Delta Phi, and the Legal Eagles flag football team.
Gib began his legal career as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Judge Malcolm R. Wilkey on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. He subsequently joined the Houston office of Vinson & Elkins where he was elected into the partnership and served as head of the General Litigation section. Gib was also a member of the Vinson & Elkins Management Committee. He joined Hogan Lovells in 2009, serving as co-leader of its Global Projects, Engineering, and Construction practice.
Throughout his 38 year legal career, Gib first-chaired over 40 jury trials and was the lead trial lawyer in hundreds of other lawsuits, arbitrations, and appeals. He argued 13 appeals before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Texas Court of Appeals, and one appeal before the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. He was inducted into membership as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow of the International Society of Barristers, as a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and the International Association of Defense Counsel. He was also on the Board of Directors of the Texas Association of Appellate and Civil Trial Specialists. Gib received the Anti-Defamation League Karen H. Susman Jurisprudence Award, the Phi Beta Kappa Outstanding Alumnus Award, the President's Award from the State Bar of Texas, the Judge Sam Williams Leadership Award from the State Bar of Texas, and the Michael J. Crowley Award from the State Bar of Texas. He was recognized in Chambers USA, General Commercial Litigation; Texas Super Lawyers; Super Lawyers, Business Litigation; and Legal 500, Energy Litigation.
Always known for his dedicated and selfless service to the legal community, he served as President of the State Bar of Texas and President of the Houston Bar Association. Gib was Chair of the Texas Bar Foundation, Chair of the Houston Bar Foundation, Master of the Garland Walker American Inns of Court, a member of the Committee on Admissions for the U.S. District Courts - Southern District of Texas, and on the Board of Directors of the Texas Association of Appellate and Civil Trial Specialists.
In the Houston community, Gib served on the Board of many civic organizations. He was passionate about The Methodist Hospital, serving on its Board of Directors for 15 years and as its Vice Chair. He also was a director of Brookwood Community, Briarwood School, and a trustee for the Cullen Trust for Healthcare.
A deeply spiritual man, Gib was a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church. At the time of his death, he was serving his third term as Chancellor of the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Gib also served St. Luke's as Chair of its Board of Stewards and its Board of Trustees.
Gib's greatest legacy is his family. He loved his wife, Martha, with all his heart; he was extremely proud of his children, Cole and Emily, both of whom graduated from his alma mater, the University of Virginia; he adored his daughter-in-law, Crystal; and he cherished his only grandchild, Cambrey.
Gib was preceded in death by his parents, State District Judge Dan Edward Walton and Lucy Frances Walton. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Martha Sandlin Walton; mother-in-law, Marthanel "Mimi" Miller Sandlin; son, Cole Gibson Walton; daughter-in-law, Crystal Boeker Walton; granddaughter, Cambrey Cole Walton; daughter, Emily Wyatt Walton; sister, Georgia "Gigi" Walton Tylander and her husband, William Hamilton Tylander, Jr.; and brother, Dan Thomas Walton and his wife, Katie Kinderman Walton. Surviving nieces and nephews are William Hamilton Tylander III and his wife, Jane Elgard Tylander and their daughter, Frida Elgard Tylander; Elizabeth Chase Tylander; Rachel Frances Walton; and Andrew Hill Walton.
Gib was a humble servant of the Lord, a loved family member, and a great friend to all. His strong, kind spirit will be greatly missed.
Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from five o'clock in the afternoon until eight o'clock in the evening on Tuesday, the 12th of February, in the library and grand foyer of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston.
The memorial service is to be conducted at three o'clock in the afternoon on Wednesday, the 13th of February, in the sanctuary of St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 3471 Westheimer Road in Houston, where Dr. Tom Pace, Senior Pastor, and Bishop Janice Huey are to officiate. Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception in the fellowship hall.
In lieu of customary remembrances, contributions in Gib's memory may be directed to St. Luke's United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 22013. Houston, TX, 77227- 2013; The Methodist Hospital, P.O. Box 4384, Houston, TX, 77210-4384; or to the Brookwood Community, 1752 F.M. 1489, Brookshire, TX, 77423.




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Published in Houston Chronicle on Feb. 10, 2013.
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September 1, 2013
Good grief! It's all the way to September and I'm just now discovering that Gib has left us. I always enjoyed time spent with and around Gib in law school. He was Big Law start to finish, but he was also one of the good guys.
Brian Davis
April 17, 2013
To all of Gib's family. I was so saddened just now to belatedly hear of your great loss. I had the privilege to work with Gib at Vinson & Elkins in the 1980s and remember him as a very fine lawyer who also had principles and integrity. His love of his family was also always to the fore. His memory will remain with me with much affection and respect.
Anna Soroko (England)
Anna Soroko
March 18, 2013
A man of integrity. A man after God's own heart. It was my pleasure to have met him on this side of heaven. Bless his family. In the name of Jesus. Harrison Fisher, fellow lawyer and servant.
March 6, 2013
To the Walton family, I was very saddened to read Gib's memorial in this month's issue of the Texas Bar Journal. Gib and I were friends at Lee High School where it became obvious to everyone that he was someone who would distinguish himself in the years to come. I was therefore not surprised when he ran for State Bar President nor when I read the tribute to him in the Bar Journal. I only wish that I known him throughout his life.
Steve Taylor
February 21, 2013
I will miss Gib dearly. I will never forget his gifts of kindness, enthusiasm and true civic service.
Kevin O'Gorman
February 15, 2013
Thank you so much to everyone who honored my brother this week...
God Bless you all ! Danny Walton
Dan Walton
February 15, 2013
Martha,
I never saw Gib that I didn't smile and feel good about the day. His smile, professionalism, kindness and competence were a milestone in my career. My thoughts are with you and your family. Brenda
Brenda Strama
February 14, 2013
Lifting you in prayer.
pinnie avera bromberg
February 14, 2013
A meticulous lawyer and a kind and caring leader and friend.
Allan Van Fleet
February 13, 2013
I'm so sorry to hear about Gib. He always had a kind word whenever i saw him in the hallway, on the elevator or walking to the garage from work I pray that God grants you comfort and peace during this time.
phyllis darden-caldwell
February 13, 2013
Tragic loss of such a fine individual. Greatest sympathy to the family.
Esther de Ipolyi
February 13, 2013
May you feel the light of Gods loving embrace as you embark on griefs journey.
The Brombergs'
February 13, 2013
Martha, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
The Snabes Family
February 13, 2013
Martha, what fond memories I have of Gib from highschool and all the reunions you two attended. He will be missed by all. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.
Cathy Guernsey Cobb
February 12, 2013
Martha, Cole, Emily and family: Please know you have been in our thoughts and prayers. May our Lord Jesus Christ grant you His strength and peace during this time.Gib was a wonderful person and friend. Sam Crosby and family
February 12, 2013
Gib was as good a man as I have known. He had an unerring moral compass and seemed to always know when and how to act. He was a superb leader for the lawyers of Texas, both while in office and out, and will be greatly missed. He was a great father, husband and friend. Martha and family, please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Harper Estes
February 12, 2013
We send our love and lift you up in our prayers. Gib was a wonderful family man.
Our deepest heartfelt condolences.
Lance and Vicki Rosborough
February 12, 2013
Martha, Cole, Emily and Liffe,
I am so saddened for your loss. Gib was so full of life, outgoing, kind and generous. I loved to watch him with Cambrey. I truly loved how you all embraced my niece Crystal into your family and all of us too. We had some good time with Gib. I will always remember him with his smile. He will be so missed. My family and I are here for you anytime.

Evelyn
February 12, 2013
Martha and Family. I am so sorry to hear about Gib. He was a very kind, talented and dignified man. I will always remember working with him and you on the Karen H. Susman Jurisprudence Award Luncheon. You and your family are in my prayers.
Stacey
February 11, 2013
Dear Mrs. Walton And Family
We all lost a great man and a good friend, he was a kind man and good father .
I would like to offer my deepest sympathies to Walton family.
Hedi Degani
February 11, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers to the family.
Sandra "Sandy" Ashford
Doris Ashford
Sandra Ashford
February 11, 2013
Dear Martha & family,
I was so shocked to hear the news about Gib. I remember him as such a great guy and someone that I was proud to know. I am so sorry for this sudden and tragic loss for you and your family. May you somehow find some peace in knowing that Gib is with his Lord.
Ann (Spoor) Sill
February 11, 2013
Elizabeth and Ken Byrd send our deepest sympathies to Gibs family.
February 11, 2013
Shock was my immediate thought. Too young, too good, too kind, taken too soon. So kind to me and my family at St. Luke's. A man who was such a great credit to his profession, his firm, his clients, his city, and his church. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and for his family.
John Emerson
February 11, 2013
Holding the entire Walton Family in loving thought and prayer. The Gracelys
Mary Gracely
February 11, 2013
Martha, Sue and I send our thoughts and prayers out to you and your family. Gib was a fantastic person in every way. We will miss him as will his many friends and admirers around the world.
Terry Tottenham
February 11, 2013
Gib was a true friend and an incredible lawyer. I served with him on several State Bar committees. He will be missed. Martha, you and your family are in our prayers.
George Edwards
February 11, 2013
With deepest sympathy to the Walton family, I am sorry for your loss. I lift up in prayer with thanks to God for Mr. Walton's life and many gifts.
Laura Walters
February 11, 2013
Dear Martha, Emily and Cole - I was shocked and saddened to learn of Gib's death. He was a fine man in every respect. I'll always remember his open, welcoming smile. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Carla Powers Herron
February 11, 2013
I think all of us in the Wilkey clerkship family were shocked and saddened to hear of Gib's untimely passing. He was one of nature's gentlemen, and will be missed.
Ray Campbell
February 11, 2013
It's always sad when the best of us are taken before their time. And to say that Gib Walton was among the best of us would be an understatement. Gib was one of those rare gifted individuals by which we choose to measure our own lives. We all have dreams for the way we want to live our lives and the path we would choose for our children. Gib was the perfect template for such a purpose.

I got to know Gib first at St. Luke's when he was a young partner at V&E. We shared the same Sunday school class. His son, Cole, and my son were the same age and fast friends. I saw back then a person with uncommonly strong leadership skills, but more importantly, I saw someone with a rare and fine-tuned moral compass. He was always prepared to tend to the needs of others before his own. Abraham Lincoln once said, "Die when I may, I want it said of me by those who knew me best that he always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where he thought a flower would grow." Gib Walton was a thistle-plucker without equal.

My thoughts and prayers are with Martha, Cole and Emily.
John Grube
February 11, 2013
My family grew up with the Waltons, words cannot express the feelings that i have for the loss of Gib.
Tim Smullen
February 11, 2013
Our deepest sympathy to our former neighbor and his family.
Jim Falick
Jim Falick
February 10, 2013
Dear Martha and the family,
Gib was a tremendous leader as the President of the State Bar and in helping me when I was the District Clerk. You were always there on his side assisting him. You and Gib have touched so many people's lives. We are grateful to you forever! Please know that your family are in our prayers and thoughts.
Love,
Theresa Chang
February 10, 2013
Dear Martha, Cole, and Emily,

I worked with Gib for many years in V&E litigation. When I first transferred into the section, in 2004, I was asked to write a profile piece about him for our newsletter. I remember "interviewing" him in his office, though interview is a charitable description; we just chit chatted about family. You were all over his office and obviously all over his mind. My deepest sympathies to you. I hope in time you find peace in your memories.
Jennifer Davidow
February 10, 2013
Gib was a wonderful lawyer, friend, son, brother, husband, father and grandfather. The Guarino and Walton families greatly loved and admired each other. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time. We all know that when Gib arrived at the gates of heaven, God walked over to the entryway and announced to all present: "This is my beloved Gib in whom I am well pleased. I have prepared a very special place for him in My kingdom."
Mike Guarino
February 10, 2013
I am sad to learn of Gib's death. I met him in Tampa at the Global World Conference of the Methodist Church.We had known his parents when we first moved to Houston in 1969, Mrs. Miron Love was my cousin and we joined them
several times for Saturday night square dancing. I attended and graduated from the College of William & Mary.
Our condolences to all the family.

- Scott and Marguerite Stone
Scott Stone
February 10, 2013
My heart is sad and hurting for the passing of, for me , one the most fascinating person in my life.
Devoted husband and father, incredible friend, always willing to lend a hand.
We will always miss you, till we see you again.
All our love and prayers to Martha, Cole and Emily
Daniel Motta
February 10, 2013
Cindy and I were stunned and saddened to hear of Gib's death. I knew Gib for over 30 years and he was such a good friend and a man of unique intellect, integrity and good humor. His Dad, Judge Dan Walton, was a legend in the criminal courthouse and every time I spoke with him about Gib I sensed the great pride he had in his son. Gib was a pillar in the community and a wonderful friend, husband and father. My heart breaks for Martha, Cole and Emily. I am a better person for having known Gib Walton.
Rick Trevathan
February 10, 2013
I am still in such a state of shock over the news of Gib's being called to his heavenly home. I will always remember how he made me feel in his presence. What a kind hearted true Southern gentleman! When we would chat, he had that gift of making me feel as if what I had to say was the most important thing at that moment. I always walked away inspired to be a better person. How he adored his Martha and Cole and Emily. His care of Mimi was such a profound example of a godly man. He will be missed, but Heaven is an even better place with Gib Walton in residence. My love and prayers to Martha, Cole, Emily, and the rest of the family.
Bobbye Adams
February 10, 2013
In the late 1960's, I was a Zete at UVA. I remember how much we wanted Gib Walton to pledge our fraternity as we believed he was someone who was truly special. Time has shown that we were absolutely right.

Sam Painter (UVA class of 1969)
Sam Painter
February 10, 2013
My heart is broken with yours. Gib was always the most kind and gentle man. Martha I am thinking of you and your family and if I can do anything, please let me know. Love, Sudie Culpepper
Sudie Culpepper
February 10, 2013
Dearest Martha, Cole and Emily,
Gib was the most wonderful friend and father. Our memories of him will last forever! His love of life, his devotion to his family and friends, his many contributions to his church and his community -- all are his bountiful legacies. We cannot tell you how much we will miss his spirit and his dear, sweet soul. He was a true, kind and loving gentleman. Blessings, love and our sincerest sympathies from the Manford family. Price, Nancy, Tracy, Lindsay and Price, Jr.
Nancy and Price Manford
February 10, 2013
Gib, it seems like just yesterday that you were a recipient of Lee High School's "Hall of Honor" award and laughing with Martha, Nancy and Dubby about our upcoming 45th class reunion. You always were such a quality person and you embodied the best qualities in humans. I cannot believe you are gone. There will be many voids where you once were there. All of us who knew you will remember the goodness that you spread wherever you went and whatever you did. Bless you for being here for us and prayers to Martha and your children as they begin this difficult journey.
Cay Dickson
February 10, 2013
Thinking of your family at this time, Cole and Emily.
Kem Kemp (Brossman)
Kemberly Kemp
February 10, 2013
I love you Dad! I am going to miss you so much!
Cole Walton
February 10, 2013
Martha...you & your sweet family continue to be in our prayers. We are grieving for your loss. Gib was loved & respected by Many!
Peace & memories...Evelyn & Bob
February 10, 2013
Love to the family of Gib,
Jane and Dave Braden
Jane and Dr. Dave Braden
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