Searchers Find Missing Attorney’s Body

By: Lauren Westbrook Email
By: Lauren Westbrook Email

Searchers Tuesday recovered the body of Fort Worth lawyer Tom Zachry, 66, who had been missing since his bass boat capsized early Friday afternoon on Lake Aquilla.

Crews found Zachry’s body at about 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Hill County Justice of the Peace Martis Ward pronounced Zachry dead and ordered an autopsy.

Zachry and Gerald Mack, 75, a retired mechanical engineer from Fort Worth, were on the lake Friday afternoon when their boat capsized.

Mack was able to cling to the overturned boat for about four hours until someone spotted the boat and called for help.

Zachry, however, went under as he tried to swim to shore, authorities said.

Officials said the temperature of the water in the lake Friday was 57 degrees.

It was the first drowning on the lake since 1984, officials said.

Zachry, a Waco native, Baylor Law School graduate and longtime Fort Worth lawyer, won the Republican primary race for Tarrant County’s 432nd State District Court on March 2.

He defeated incumbent 432nd District Court Judge Ruben Gonzalez, Jr. and wasn’t facing a Democrat in the November election.

Friends said Zachry's lifelong goal was to be a judge.

According to his law office Web site, Zachry was born in 1943 in Waco.

His father, W. M. Zachry, was a trial lawyer.

Zachry graduated in June 1961 from Waco High School, earned a BBA from Texas Christian University and graduated from the Baylor Law School in August 1966.

He worked as an assistant district attorney in the late 1960s in Tarrant County and had been in private practice since.

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