Judge A. D. Azios, first Hispanic judge elected in Harris County, dies at 92

March 25, 2013 8:34:50 PM PDT
Family, friends and former colleagues are mourning the loss of Judge A. D. Azios -- the first Hispanic judge elected in Harris County.

Arnulfo Daniel Azios died peacefully Friday in Houston. He was 92 years old.

He graduated from South Texas School of Law in Houston, then practiced as an attorney for 26 years before he became a municipal court judge in 1964.

Azios served in the following positions: Justice of the Peace, Pos. 1, in Harris County Precinct 6 from 1973-1974; County Civil Court at Law No. 3, Harris County, 1974; County Criminal Court at Law No. 9, Harris County, 1977-1982; and the 232nd Judicial District Court, Harris County, 1983-1995.

He retired in January 1995 -- one month prior to his 75th birthday -- and then served as visiting judge presiding over district courts in 17 Texas counties. He last served on the bench in 2011 at age 90 in a Houston courtroom where he began his law career in 1949.

Azios is survived by his wife of 66 years, Lauren Cuellar Azios, three children, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

At his request, his life will be celebrated in a private memorial service.

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