Friday, September 18, 2020

Southlake Municipal Court Alternate Judge Gary Lee Hach Passes Away

The City of Southlake joins the family and friends of Southlake Municipal Court Alternate Judge Gary Hach in mourning his passing. Judge Hach died following a hard-fought battle with cancer.

Judge Hach was initially appointed as an Alternate Judge in January 2003 for a two-year term. He was then re-appointed seven additional times, serving in the position for seventeen years.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1988 and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Southern Methodist University in 1990.  He also was a practicing attorney with an active law practice that specialized in civil, construction and real estate litigation in state, federal and bankruptcy courts.

Judge Hach was originally from Kansas. He was married to his wife, Missy, for 25 years and was the proud father of two daughters.

“We are so sad to hear of Judge Hach’s loss,” said Mayor Laura Hill.  “He dedicated his life to the law and his family; the Southlake community will miss him greatly.”

“I worked with Gary years ago when our clients were on the same side of a case. He was a great lawyer and we became friends,” said Mayor Pro-Tem Shawn McCaskill. “He truly enjoyed his time as part of our municipal court. I am so sad that we’ve lost him.”

“The community of Southlake lost more than an excellent jurist this week; we lost an outstanding citizen, a loving husband to Missy and father to his two daughters, and to all who called him colleague, we lost a good friend,” said Southlake Municipal Judge Carol Montgomery.

She added, “Gary served with compassion and integrity as Southlake’s Associate Municipal Court Judge for 17 years.  He was known for his “long” dockets because he always took the time to speak to everyone at length about their case before rendering judgment. He was a champion of the underdog and a friend to all that knew him. We will miss his humor and dry wit, but mostly we will just miss our friend.”

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, August 27, 2020, at Keller’s Old Town Funeral Home. The funeral service takes place at 2 p.m., Friday, August 28, 2020, at Keller’s Old Town Funeral Chapel, 2020 Keller Parkway, Keller, Texas. The service will also be live-streamed. Visit this link for more information: https://bit.ly/31s15Yd.