Longtime Texas City attorney and community volunteer Ronald Plackemeier died over the weekend. He was 65.
Plackemeier was well-known in Galveston County, particularly in legal circles and for his involvement in numerous local causes and organizations, including the Rotary Club of Texas City and the Texas City-La Marque Chamber of Commerce.
On Monday, many of his friends remembered his larger-than-life personality.
Plackemeier was found dead Saturday morning at a home he owned in College Station, Galveston Mayor Jim Yarbrough said. He had visited for the weekend with plans to go to a Texas A&M University football game, Yarbrough said.
Plackemeier had a minor surgery in recent months and apparently had struggled to recover, Yarbrough said. He turned 65 Thursday.
“He added energy everywhere he went and the people who knew him know exactly what I mean by that,” Texas City Mayor Matt Doyle said. “He was larger than life.”
Plackemeier went to work at a Texas City law firm managed by William Lyons in 1979. He became partner in 1981 and the firm became Lyons & Plackemeier, PLLC, where he practiced real estate and corporate law. He later became the city of Texas City attorney, a position he held until his death.
“He was an attorney by trade, but really more of a counselor and friend,” Doyle said. “He knew there was more than one way to solve a problem or answer a question and was always open to that discussion. He was a dear friend of mine, a dear friend of a lot of people.”
Plackemeier was involved with many organizations in the county. He was the past president of the Texas City-La Marque Chamber of Commerce, the past president of the Texas City Optimist Club and longtime member of the Rotary Club of Texas City. He had also served as the chairman of the Bay Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
He was awarded the Leslie Hayley Community Service Award in 1998.
“It’s a sad, sad deal. He was my buddy,” Yarbrough said. “I’m gonna miss him, I’m gonna miss him for sure.”
Plackemeier was known for his deep love of the Aggies. In the 1990s, Plackemeier and Yarbrough, a University of Texas alum, started taking bets on the annual Thanksgiving Day football game between the schools. The tradition continued until Texas A&M University left the Big 12 Conference for the Southeastern Conference in 2012.
The bets always included some sort of public payback, Yarbrough recalled. Plackemeier once had to ride a Longhorn lawn mower around the county courthouse after an Aggie loss. After a Longhorn loss, Yarbrough once had to get a henna tattoo of the game’s score, he recalled.
“Ron and I had a bet for everything,” Yarbrough said. “We’d bet today is not Monday. We’d make bets about how many pounds of crawfish we could eat, just crazy little stuff.”
In 1998, the two started an annual Louisiana crawfish tour, a voyage Plackemeier came up with that they took every year on the first weekend of March. The tradition grew each year with as many as 25 people taking a party bus to Louisiana to try out different crawfish haunts in some years, Yarbrough said.
Plackemeier had already started planning their 20th-year trip.
“He loved planning trips and events,” Yarbrough said. “He should have been a travel agent; he was damn good at it.”
Plackemeier is survived by his wife, Gayle Plackemeier, and their four children, Yarbrough said.