Prominent San Antonio attorney Jimmy Parks Jr. died unexpectedly at his home Sunday. He had been exercising on a treadmill according to family friends.
A family friend said Parks, 61, died due to complications from having an enlarged heart.
A viewing is scheduled for Friday from 6-8 p.m. at Porter Loring Mortuary.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Community Bible Church.
Parks was well known for his skillful trial tactics. And for his friendly gentle nature and his strong Christian convictions.
“He was a very powerful lawyer and he was very persuasive, but I think his real strength was his spiritual base," said defense attorney Alan Brown. “Jimmy’s always been a man of faith and accepted Christ as a real young person before he went to law school.”
Parks worked as a law clerk in Brown’s office before deciding to go to law school, Brown said.
“He wasn’t all about money, he was about justice and helping the poor and downtrodden”, Brown recalled.
Though friends say Parks had recently switched political parties and was considering becoming politically involved, they said his real love was in the courtroom.
“Jimmy Parks was one of those lawyers that when you heard his name, you knew you’d better bring your A game," said District Judge Angus McGinty.
Brown, too, had high praise for Park’s courtroom skills.
“Jimmy could make something happen. He could win some cases that wouldn’t have been won but for him," he said.
Parks is survived by his wife, Liz, a son and a daughter.