86R17509 GM-D
  By: Springer H.R. No. 861
         WHEREAS, The life of an esteemed jurist drew to a close with
  the passing of the Honorable John Henry Fostel of the 271st Judicial
  District on June 2, 2017, at the age of 69; and
         WHEREAS, Born in 1947, John Fostel was a graduate of Irving
  High School, Texas Christian University, and Texas Tech University,
  where he received his law degree; he covered sports for a time as a
  reporter for the Arlington Citizen-Journal, and after law school,
  he joined the office of W. B. Woodruff in Decatur, later becoming a
  partner in the firm; and
         WHEREAS, For more than two decades, Judge Fostel served the
  civil, family, and felony courts of the 271st Judicial District,
  which covers Jack and Wise Counties; he was greatly admired for his
  humility, his humor, and his vast knowledge of all aspects of the
  law; in 2014, he was named a recipient of the Charles J. Murray
  Outstanding Jurist Award by the Tarrant County Trial Lawyers
  Association; moreover, he served on the board of directors of the
  State Bar of Texas; and
         WHEREAS, Judge Fostel shared a rewarding marriage with his
  wife, Cathy, and he took great pride in his five children, Chris,
  Josh, Justin, Meagan, and Kate, and his seven grandchildren; in
  addition to his service to his profession, he contributed to his
  community through his leadership roles in a multitude of youth
  sports and civic organizations; and
         WHEREAS, A devoted family man and an exemplary public
  servant, John Fostel touched the lives of countless people, and his
  integrity, compassion, and dedication will forever inspire all who
  had the good fortune to know him; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 86th Texas
  Legislature hereby pay tribute to the memory of District Judge John
  Henry Fostel and extend sincere sympathy to his relatives, friends,
  and colleagues; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for his family and that when the Texas House of
  Representatives adjourns this day, it do so in memory of John Henry