Gary Lee Hach
June 2, 1958 – August 23, 2020
Gary Lee Hach, age 62, born June 2, 1958 in Waterloo Iowa and passed away August 23, 2020 in Grapevine Texas. He was born to Irene and Wilbert Hach and was raised on the family farm. Growing up on the farm he learned the value of hard work and persistence. He spent many a night with his hunting dogs trapping and running the countryside with his pack. He shared a love of basketball and baseball with his father. Gary was high school all American in basketball and state recognized for his guitar playing. Gary often spoke of laying in the corn crib with his dogs on a rainy day listening to the peacefulness of farm life. Gary and his mom shared a love of gardening and spent many hours tending to her garden. Gary had three very close friends, Dale, Brian, and Steve since grade school that were constant figures in his life. The four of them would meet in Las Vegas during the World Series for the last 30 years.
Gary received his Civil Engineering degree at the University of Texas in Arlington in 1988. He graduated with high honors. He was part of the Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honor Society and was chosen as a Distinguished Senior of the Civil Engineering Department in 1988. In 1990, he received his Juris Doctor from Southern Methodist University Law School. Additionally he studied International Law at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. In 2000, he was admitted and qualified as attorney and counselor to the Supreme Court of the United States. He also was admitted to the United States Court of Appeals that same year. He served as associate Judge for the City of Southlake and surrounding communities. He founded Hach Law in Grapevine Texas.
Gary married Missy Macaluso on May 28, 1994 and they began their life together. Gary was a proud father to his daughters, Tyr and Rylee and how they have become strong and independent women with such loving hearts. They shared their love of animals with their father and would spend many hours fostering, caring for and raising their dogs and cats.
Gary is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Missy; daughters, Tyr and Rylee Hach; sisters, Deb, Barbara and Bonnie. He was a cherished brother-in-law to Mark and Cristina Macaluso, Peter and Terry Macaluso. An adored uncle to Joseph, Andrea, Ellen, and Mary. One of Gary's greatest joys was when he married his favorite nephew, Joseph, to Catalina Zuniga in November of 2019. Gary's loyal dogs include Ranger, Honey, Hamilton, Kimba, and Rebel.
Preceded in death by his parents, Wilbert and Irene Hach and his maternal and paternal grandparents who welcomed him home.
Gary was very proud of his Czech heritage and by the grace of God survived being married to an Italian woman from New Jersey.
Family will receive friends from 6 pm to 8 pm, Thursday, August 27, 2020 at Keller's Old Town Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be held at 2 pm, Friday, August 28, 2020 at Keller's Old Town Funeral Chapel, 2020 Keller Parkway, Keller, Texas 76248.
Memorial donations in Gary's name may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.
- Missy Hach, Wife
- Tyr Hach, Daughter
- Rylee Hach, Daughter
- Mark Macaluso (Cristina), Brother-in-law
- Peter Macaluso (Terry), Brother-in-law
- Adored uncle to Joseph, Andrea, Ellen and Mary, Joseph and Catalina. Gary's loyal dogs include Ranger, Honey, Hamilton, Kimba, and Rebel. Preceded in death by his parents, Wilbert and Irene Hach and his maternal and paternal grandparents.
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Gary Lee Hach
August 28, 2020
Loved his Family
Gary first became a tenant in a property I owned in grapevine. I thought wow never saw Dallas attorney in camo. As he reviewed the lease he paused and said "what is this ghost clause". After explaining what it was and it was non negotiable he said "no worries I don"t think he will bother me". That statement might be the one and only time he was ever wrong in a statement he made to me.
Over the years he became a friend and the first person I would go to when dealing with a major issue. He always had time and a way of talking me off the cliff with a story. He always told me "court is a 50/50 deal no mater the facts of the case" except once. While, Dealing with a bank in Idaho that had cheated me out of 150 k I ask Gary to look at it. He sat me down and shocked me with "I will guarantee you 100% to win this case. It will cost you three years of your life and about 250K in fees and another 20K in expenses. " Then he said "Its Friday lets go to Willhoite's for the shrimp and you can think about it". Gary just had a way of getting you to the place you needed to go not where you wanted to go.
Gary loved the law and loved helping other young attorneys become proficient in there practice of the law. I watched him counsel Chris and Traci. He would open his door for any question they had and like a good teacher he wouldn't give them the answer but would show them how to get to the answer. If he saw them making a mistake or heading in the wrong direction he would have them in his office for what I called a Gary talk. His love of the law was what made him a great judge and attorney.
Gary would always tell me how his family was doing. He loved his wife, his daughters and his dog he rescued. He loved them in that order except during some of the girls teen moments and when the dog ran off to the lake. Then I think the dog got a little more loving.
He will be missed by all he knew!
Deb & Greg Beveridge
August 28, 2020
Gary is my only brother. My nickname for him was Pee-Wee. Don’t know where that came from but it stuck, nonetheless. Growing up on the farm was great for kids. We did a lot of exploring along the creeks and I remember Gary was always hunting and trapping with our dad. As a young boy/man, Gary spent a lot of time reading in his room in the basement. One Christmas he got a chemistry set and wanted me to drink some special potion. Thank God, I didn’t. I will always remember Gary’s love of maid-rites. When he came to Iowa, there had to be a couple of maid-rite stops. One of my fondest memories is I remember how well Gary and my mom got along. They just enjoyed hanging out together and they both loved gardening. They were true pals and Gary adored and took care of mom. I know they are together now!
I got married 29 years ago to Greg Beveridge. From our very beginning, Greg and Gary became fast friends and shared a lot of interests all along the way. Greg was an engineer also so I will let Greg pick up from here.
Gary and I instantly connected as new brothers-in-law thirty years ago, and we developed and enjoyed a great relationship for our entire time. We had many discussions about engineering and general problem solving all along the way. We celebrated every opportunity to work together. In every way, Gary consistently demonstrated two essential characteristics that are absolutely necessary in every person-to-person relationship: an equal application of both heart and head. He has, and will continue to inform the conduct of my life until we meet again.
We love you, Gary!
August 27, 2020
I am 90 years old and have had the privilege of having the Hach family as neighbors my entire life. Our land adjoins and the farmstead is only a half mile away. I shared the school bus with Gary’s father, uncle and aunt, just like our 2 sons shared the bus with Gary and his sisters.
When we learned that our younger son Dale and Gary would be classmates we wondered how they would get along. Turns out they became good friends and have remained that way all their lives. We, of course were very happy about how that turned out. Another bit of information is that we share blood!
Now, when we leave our driveway the Hach farmstead is in plain view, and we are again reminded of the great loss that has occurred. We will always remember.
August 27, 2020
Gar Hach was a friend, confidant, and one of the finest lawyers I have ever met or practiced with. His love of the law was only usurped by his love for his wife and daughters and country.
We spent hours discussing how SMU allowed us to meet and to practice law. I will miss my friend and many prayers go out to Gary’s lovely family.
August 26, 2020
Deepest condolences to you, your daughters, animals, and Gary’s family for your very significant loss.
I am so very sorry.
I will be holding y’all close to my heart and up in prayers.
I went back to work this week, yep came out of retirement, to be a hospice nurse, so IDK if I can get over to Southlake from very SW Fort Worth Thursday evening or not. It just depends on how my day goes. But, know I will try.
Wow! Gary was quite the guy.
Remember this Missy- Gary is a MUCH bigger part of your future than he is your past.
I love you.
August 26, 2020
I met Gary along with three close friends looking for good counsel in dealing with a Civil and later Federal mater. For over eight years we spend hours working with Gary and grew to appreciate how great a lawyer and yes friend he was. We shared time telling stories and learning about his life on the farm . He spoke of his family fondly and each fall returned to Iowa to help around his parents farm.
I was amazed how he could keep all the legal maters in his mind and made great decisions on a myriad of legal avenues we had to consider.
I remember hearing he was a night court judge for Southlake Texas and immediately referred that to the TV show night court.
In the end we shared his initial diagnosis with Cancer and stood by to assist in anything he or Missy needed. He was a good teacher, coach and confidante. We were definitely blessed
To have not only met this man but to have grown to know his family and some of his dogs .
I remember he shared a ghost story at his old office in Grapevine. Apparently in its day it was a hotel of sorts. He had a picture of his dog on the credenza and then her heard noises and suddenly the picture of his dog shattered and fell over. Odd was a bullet with was standing next to the picture remained up right. Gary said out loud leave my dog alone and all the noise ended. I guess when the judge speaks even ghosts listen and heed his words.
Again we will miss Gary dearly . Our prayers and support go out to his entire family. He was strong to the end and I will never forget the time we shared together.
August 25, 2020
Gary was one of my best friends in the world! I spent many hours sitting and talking about life and making plans to grow old together! We had some serious conversations about quantum physics. He was crazy smart and I pretended I knew what the heck he was talking about. I would look up questions to see if I could stump him and I couldn’t! I’ll miss you my friend!
Lisa Baker Canterberry
August 25, 2020
Gary was a great friend in law school and one of our group of 5. The smartest of the bunch, and hardest worker, he graduated in 2 years. Gary was supportive and helpful, and allowed me to come to his on-campus housing to study between classes, providing a quiet atmosphere. One summer we all took scuba diving lessons together. Gary was a hoot and we all had such great times together. So sorry to see him gone from this life, but know we will all gather again someday. God Speed, my friend.