Patton Greene Lochridge

  • Born: December 30, 1949
  • Died: June 1, 2017
  • Location: Austin, Texas

Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home North

3125 N Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78705
Tel. (512) 452-8811

Tribute & Message From The Family

Patton Greene Lochridge, born on December 30, 1949, in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, died peacefully at his home in Austin Texas on June 1, 2017, after a long battle with glioblastoma. He will be deeply missed by his family and all who knew and loved him.

Pat's family moved from the Rio Grande Valley to Austin, Texas, in 1959, which was his home for the rest of his life. He attended Casis Elementary School, O'Henry Junior High School and Austin High School, where he graduated in 1968. Pat attended Princeton University, finished his undergraduate career in Plan II at the University of Texas, and attended the University of Texas Law School. There he was an Associate Editor of the Texas Law Review, Order of the Coif and was named Chancellor at Large in 1975.

After graduating from the UT Law School with high honors in 1976, Pat served as a law clerk to Judge Joseph T. Sneed of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Pat then joined the law firm of McGinnis, Lochridge & Kilgore, LLP, in Austin, where he practiced law for thirty-eight years and served as managing partner from 2000 until 2010. As managing partner, he provided leadership, guidance and endless support to the law firm and its attorneys, all while maintaining an extremely active trial practice and unwavering commitment to clients. Pat was recognized many times for his skills and accomplishments as a trial lawyer. He was a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and the American Board of Trial Advocates. In 2017 he was recognized as a Texas Legal Legend by the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas, and as the University of Texas Law School's Outstanding Alumnus for 2016.

Pat met Candace Lundgren, the love of his life, in 1973. He would often say that once he met Candy, everything in his being told him that she was the one; that never changed, and they were married in June of 1975. When Pat wasn't practicing law, he was with Candy, his children, and in recent years his grandchildren. He had many interests, including rugby and clearing cedar on his ranch in Blanco, Texas, but nothing satisfied him more than springing an elaborate surprise on Candy or planning the next great family adventure. Pat also loved spending time with his numerous friends, many of whom were friends from his days as a camper and counselor at Camp Longhorn on Inks Lake, where he was known to many as "Sugar Bear."

In high school, Pat was an outstanding football player and was known to his teammates as "Big Cat." In his senior year at Austin High, he was elected captain and honored as the District's Most Valuable Player. After football, Pat discovered rugby. In the spring of 1973, while on a road and train trip from McAllen to the southern tip of Argentina, Pat was climbing a glacier near Ushuaia when he envisioned establishing a new rugby club, the Austin Huns. The Huns have become one of the top clubs in the United States and played for the National Club Championship. Pat also helped establish the Austin Area High School Rugby team in 1997, the first high school team in Central Texas, which after only a few years competed in the National High School Championship tournament and made a memorable and competitive tour of New Zealand. Pat was also the AAHS beat writer for the local papers. He covered each game under his nom de plume, Charles Vermont; it was a disguise that did little to conceal the author's true identity.

Pat was survived by his wife, Candace Lundgren Lochridge, his four children, Eleanor Anne Lochridge, Patton Greene Lochridge, Jr., Joseph Lundgren Lochridge, and Lloyd Wallace Lochridge, and two grandchildren, Eleanor Katherine Lochridge and Anne Arden Lochridge. He also was survived by his father, Lloyd P. Lochridge, Jr., his sisters, Georgia Lochridge, Hope Lochridge and Frances Lochridge Perez and her husband, A. R., his brother, Lloyd P. Lochridge III, his nieces, Molly Powers, Bonnie Meagher, Jenny Galvin, nephew, Will Leavitt, and an army of close friends. Pat was preceded in death by his mother, Frances Potter Lochridge and his sister, Anne Lochridge Leavitt.

The family expresses it's thanks to friends for their loving support and thoughtfulness during Pat's illness.

The funeral service will be held at The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd on Monday, June 5th at 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, you may donate to the Salvation Army Austin.