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Sunset Memorial Park & Funeral Home

1701 Austin Highway, San Antonio, TX

OBITUARY

Emerson "Buddy" Banack Jr.

January 11, 1938July 31, 2019
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Emerson “Buddy” Banack Jr., passed away on July 31, 2019, in San Antonio, Texas. A humble gentleman lawyer who dedicated his life to leadership, service, and family. He was born in Galveston Texas on January 11, 1938. Buddy graduated from the University of Texas School of Business in 1961, joined Phi Kappa Psi, and graduated in the top 10% at the University of Texas School of Law in 1965. He served as a Captain in the U.S. Army. He practiced his entire legal career as an attorney with the Langley Banack Law firm in San Antonio.

Buddy is predeceased by his parents Emerson and Mabel Ruth Banack. He is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Rose Marie, his son Trey and his wife Stacie Skillman Banack, his daughter Courtney and her husband Chris Lynn Schultz, his granddaughters Ramsey and McKenzie Schultz, and his sister Jackie Andress and her family. As a grandfather, Buddy was renamed “Jefe.” The time that he spent with Ramsey and McKenzie was very precious to him and a great joy.

Buddy’s everlasting faith in the Lord began as a teenager in Odessa Texas. It was in Odessa where he developed a strong work ethic working in the oil fields. He first went to Hardin Simmons, serving as class president, before transferring to UT. At UT he went on a blind date with Rose Marie. She took him dancing and then later to church; he immediately realized she was the love of his life. He adored spending time with his family. He enjoyed watching his son and daughter playing tennis as teenagers and attending his granddaughters Jr/High school cheer competitions, becoming loved by many. He also loved practicing law, playing golf, running, skiing, traveling, and watching Texas Longhorn Football. He was a consummate professional and a mentor to many young lawyers in his community.

Because of Buddy’s love of law and his dedication to excellence, Buddy received many accolades over his career. Buddy was named one of the Best Lawyers in America in Litigation for 23 years as well as a Texas Super Lawyer for 12 years. He was selected as a Best Lawyer in San Antonio by Scene in SA magazine, San Antonio’s 2009 Lawyer of the Year for Bet-the-Company Litigation, a Lifetime Achievement Award winner for the San Antonio Business Journal Best Lawyer Awards in 2010, San Antonio’s 2012 Lawyers of the Year for Construction Litigation, and the Texas Bar Association recipient of the Professional Excellence Lifetime Achievement Award winner in 2018. He has also been selected as the 2019 recipient of the San Antonio Bar Association Joe Frazier Brown, Sr. Award of Excellence. Buddy had a strong sense of civic duty and served on many boards. Buddy was a member of the Board of Governors for the Cancer Therapy Research Center for the UT Health Science Center. He served as a State Chairman of the American College of Trial Lawyers, President of the Board of Governors of Oak Hills Country Club, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Plaza Club, Chairman of the Executive Committee for the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, and President of the San Antonio Chapter of the UT Exes.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to South Texas Blood & Tissue Center or the UT Health Science Center of San Antonio.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Bob Andress
  • Bill Armstrong
  • John Baldwin
  • Trey Banack
  • Art Bayern
  • Steve Brook
  • Gerald Carpenter
  • Bill Ghedi
  • Jack Guenther
  • Weldon Hammond
  • Dr. Bill Henrich
  • Bill Jackson
  • Honorable Ronald King
  • Billy Lockett
  • Jim Lowry
  • Jim Martin
  • George Olson
  • John Queen
  • Jim Reed
  • George Swain
  • Chris Schultz
  • Dr. John Toohey

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, August 6, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Thursday, August 8, 2019

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Wendy Fowler

August 12, 2019

I will always remember Mr. Barack as a consummate gentleman, a lovely man. My sincere condolences to his family.

R.H. Wallace

August 8, 2019

I came to know Buddy when I was first inducted into the College in 2002. I've never met a more delightful person to be around. I'm sure Buddy blessed the lives of all who knew him.

Tom Coghlan

August 5, 2019

Buddy and I started our law practices during the summer of 1965 . The first day I came to work for mr beb ladon (Lang firm) at the Milan building he took me upstairs to meet Ralph Langley, buddy and ben foster. I was very fortunate to practice law and know buddy for over 50 years. Buddy was a fantastic attorney and a true gentleman in every sense of the word. He will be greatly missed by all of those who knew or came in contact with him. Rose Marie and the entire family are in Sandy and my prayers and thoughts. Tom Coghlan

Arlene Wueste

August 4, 2019

Rose Marie, I'm so sorry for your loss. I've always enjoyed working with you on various charitable events. I'll keep you and your family in my prayers.

Ken White

August 4, 2019

I graduated OHS with Buddy and dug ditches with him for Gulf Oil after high school. In later years enjoyed being with him and other OHS graduates for a few days over several years as we braced ourselves for our 50th high school reunion. I am very sorry to hear of his passing and will have fond memories of him.

Barbara Martin

August 3, 2019

Went to OHS when Buddy did. He was a very nice person. I’m truly sorry for your loss.🙏

Mike Ezzell

August 2, 2019

When I started practicing law over 39 years ago, I had the opportunity to have many cases with Buddy representing another party in the same case. We traveled across the country taking depositions, and Buddy became a mentor to me.
I know that he was a mentor to many other young lawyers over time. I, like so many others, learned a great deal from watching and listening. I admired his integrity, kindness, intelligence, and drive. Rest in peace, Buddy.

Don Davis

August 2, 2019

Buddy was a great friend and would always stop by when he was is Austin. He was a hard working member of the College and represented the very best in lawyer ability and integrity. We'll all miss him. Don Davis

Jonathan Yedor

August 2, 2019

Some of my fondest memories are of the time spent with Buddy, TC and Action Jackson. Buddy was much more than a fine lawyer. He was a gentleman in every sense of the word who cared deeply about his family and friends. It was my privilege to have been one of his friends.

Bobby Allen

August 2, 2019

Buddy and I started practicing law in San Antonio about the same time in the late 60's. He and Rose Marie were a wonderful couple. Buddy was always a gentleman on and off the field. We will miss him.