In memory of
Rodney Paul Brauchle
In memory of
Rodney Paul Brauchle
BRAUCHLE, Rodney Paul Rodney Paul Brauchle passed away on Sunday, March 28, 2021. He was 78 years old. Paul is survived by his daughter, Kristen Brauchle Hawkins, her husband, David Hawkins, his two grandchildren, his younger brother Charles Brauchle, his niece, Cayla Skillen-Brauchle, and countless friends. Paul was born in Houston, Texas, on November 29, 1942 to Dr. and Mrs. Charles Alton Brauchle. At an early age he moved to Pampa, in the Texas panhandle, and graduated from Pampa High School in 1961. Paul attended West Texas State University in Canyon, Texas, where he met his first wife, Eva Kapus. Paul and Eva were married from 1968 until 1978, and had one child, Kristen Hawkins. After graduating from West Texas State, Paul moved to Lubbock for law school. In 1970, he graduated from Texas Tech School of Law, part of the second class to graduate from that new law school. Upon graduation Paul moved to Dallas. He remarried in 1981, to Tierney Burgett. They remained married for 36 years. In Dallas Paul began a criminal-law career that would last almost 50 years. He was board certified in criminal law in 1976. During the mid-1980's, Paul also worked as a Dallas County magistrate and Chief Magistrate. For most of his career in the law, though, Paul represented individuals accused of felonies. Paul's cases were often newsworthy, and were covered by the Dallas Times Herald, the Dallas Morning News, Vanity Fair, and one was featured in the book "Travels with Dr. Death," by Ron Rossenbaum. Paul was soft spoken, had a dry, quick wit, and frequently spoke out of the side of his mouth. Aware of his propensity for speaking out of the side of his mouth, he once quipped: "I am the final exam for lip readers." Paul had many and varied interests. He enjoyed watching NASCAR, was a founding member of the Texas Motorplex in Ennis, and held season tickets to the drag races for years. Rumor has it he worked for a short time on the Blue Max pit crew during his younger years. Paul cycled recreationally and enjoyed watching professional cycling. He regularly attended football games at the University of Texas at Austin with his daughter. Paul also enjoyed watching UIL state playoffs for football and basketball. Always up for adventure and travel, Paul once took his 8-year-old daughter on an overnight train trip from Nuevo Laredo to Mexico City. He enjoyed visiting Paris, San Francisco, Mexico, and New York City. Paul was an avid collector of photography, and was generous with his collection. In addition to loaning his photographs to multiple Texas art museums, Paul donated numerous photographs to the Amon Carter, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Paul's support of his daughter, Kristen, was unwavering. For example, in 2016, when Kristen ran for judge, Paul campaigned tirelessly for her. He worked every day of early voting in the primary, runoff, and general election. And no one was prouder when she won than Paul. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his honor to Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, or Salvation Army.
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In memory of
Rodney Paul Brauchle
BRAUCHLE, Rodney Paul Rodney Paul Brauchle passed away on Sunday, March 28, 2021. He was 78 years old. Paul is survived by his daughter, Kristen Brauchle Hawkins, her husband, David Hawkins, his two grandchildren, his younger brother Charles Brauchle, his niece, Cayla Skillen-Brauchle, and countless friends. Paul was born in Houston, Texas, on November 29, 1942 to Dr. and Mrs. Charles Alton Brauchle. At an early age he moved to Pampa, in the Texas panhandle, and graduated from Pampa High School in 1961. Paul attended West Texas State University in Canyon, Texas, where he met his first wife, Eva Kapus. Paul and Eva were married from 1968 until 1978, and had one child, Kristen Hawkins. After graduating from West Texas State, Paul moved to Lubbock for law school. In 1970, he graduated from Texas Tech School of Law, part of the second class to graduate from that new law school. Upon graduation Paul moved to Dallas. He remarried in 1981, to Tierney Burgett. They remained married for 36 years. In Dallas Paul began a criminal-law career that would last almost 50 years. He was board certified in criminal law in 1976. During the mid-1980's, Paul also worked as a Dallas County magistrate and Chief Magistrate. For most of his career in the law, though, Paul represented individuals accused of felonies. Paul's cases were often newsworthy, and were covered by the Dallas Times Herald, the Dallas Morning News, Vanity Fair, and one was featured in the book "Travels with Dr. Death," by Ron Rossenbaum. Paul was soft spoken, had a dry, quick wit, and frequently spoke out of the side of his mouth. Aware of his propensity for speaking out of the side of his mouth, he once quipped: "I am the final exam for lip readers." Paul had many and varied interests. He enjoyed watching NASCAR, was a founding member of the Texas Motorplex in Ennis, and held season tickets to the drag races for years. Rumor has it he worked for a short time on the Blue Max pit crew during his younger years. Paul cycled recreationally and enjoyed watching professional cycling. He regularly attended football games at the University of Texas at Austin with his daughter. Paul also enjoyed watching UIL state playoffs for football and basketball. Always up for adventure and travel, Paul once took his 8-year-old daughter on an overnight train trip from Nuevo Laredo to Mexico City. He enjoyed visiting Paris, San Francisco, Mexico, and New York City. Paul was an avid collector of photography, and was generous with his collection. In addition to loaning his photographs to multiple Texas art museums, Paul donated numerous photographs to the Amon Carter, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Paul's support of his daughter, Kristen, was unwavering. For example, in 2016, when Kristen ran for judge, Paul campaigned tirelessly for her. He worked every day of early voting in the primary, runoff, and general election. And no one was prouder when she won than Paul. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his honor to Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, or Salvation Army.
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