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In every Texas Almanac since 1996, we include short obituaries for people who had passed away in the previous two years that had made an impact in the state.

  • Charles P. "Charlie" Robinson, July 11, 2021
Actor best known for playing "Mac" in the sitcom Night Court; native of Houston and member of the Actors Studio; performed theater in Houston before moving to Hollywood; returned to theater in 2010 and performed iconic roles including Willy Loman.
  • Johnny Solinger, June 26, 2021
Singer-songwriter and lead vocalist for Skid Row from 1999 to 2015; loved both rock and country music as a boy in the Dallas-Fort Worth area; released a solo country album in 2008.
  • Larry Jeff McMurtry, March 25, 2021
Novelist and screenwriter born in Archer City, his works were mostly set in the Old West or contemporary Texas; won the Pulitzer Prize in 1985 for Lonesome Dove, which was adapted into a TV miniseries that won seven Emmy awards; wrote the adapted screenplay for Brokeback Mountain (2005) with cowriter Diana Ossana, for which they won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay; as president of the nonprofit PEN America in 1989, testified before the U.S. Congress against an immigration law that denied entry to foreign writers based on ideological differences.
  • Raúl G. Villaronga, March 20, 2021
Vietnam War veteran and first Puerto Rican mayor of Killeen for three terms (1992–1998); after serving 26 years, retired from the U.S. Army as a colonel in 1985 while stationed at Fort Hood; while mayor, negotiated an agreement with the Army to make Robert Gray Army Airfield in Fort Hood a Joint Use Airport, allowing more transportation to the area.
  • Cathy Cochran, February 7, 2021
Judge on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals appointed by Governor Rick Perry in 2001 until retirement in 2014; earlier in her career, as Director of Criminal Justice for Governor George W. Bush, organized a committee that completely rewrote the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure.
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