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Colleagues mourn former judge Villarreal

Posted at 10:36 PM, May 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-28 23:39:15-04

It was a cheerless day at the Nueces Co. Courthouse for retired District Court Judge Joaquin Villareal’s former colleagues.

He died Wednesday after a lengthy illness.

"It hurts my heart to know that he's gone, but it also makes me feel incredibly wonderful that I got to know such an outstanding citizen of our community," said local attorney Robert J. Gonzalez.

Villarreal served as an asst. district attorney, a county commissioner, and a judge for Co. Court at Law No. 1.

He later was elected to the 347th District Court.

"He was just a great character, and a great person, and just a really nice man, and his loss Nueces county is gonna be felt by many, many people," said Pct. 4 county commissioner Brent Chesney. "He was just a really . . . a good man.