|Walter Perry Zivley was a prominent estate and tax attorney who touched the lives of many people over the course of his 60-year career. |
Clients knew him to be fiercely protective of their interests. Colleagues knew him to be willing to help with counsel gleaned from his experience and expertise in the law. Those who faced him in a court of law knew him as a formidable opponent not to be taken lightly and someone to be respected and admired.
Walter was all these things and more, but first and foremost he was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. For all of his many accomplishments, his greatest pride was the family he and his beloved wife Nancy built together. Walter’s four children and 12 grandchildren were not only the joy of his life, they are his legacy.
Walter was a man of deep faith, ever mindful of those whose lives are affected by misfortune or need. As a man of action, he helped found the Open Door Mission, a Christian facility that provides shelter, support, counseling, and rehabilitation for homeless men in Houston, Texas. He also served on the boards of many charitable organizations including the Student Intern Foundation of Houston, the Alzheimer's Foundation of Houston and Southeast Texas and the Foundation for Financial Literacy. His generosity and impact were far-reaching, touching the lives of many people to this very day.
A brilliant fifth-generation attorney, Walter helped shape the firm of Liddell Sapp Zivley Hill & LaBoon as a named partner. A highly respected member of the Houston legal community, he was known for his leadership, community activities, and as an exemplary role model for young lawyers. Walter received numerous awards during his sixty years as an attorney. His professionalism and high standards were surpassed only by his knowledge of and dedication to the law, and he was a strong and aggressive adversary in the courtroom.
Walter pursued every aspect of his life like he did his work, with enthusiasm and energy. He was an avid hunter and outdoorsman, active in the Houston community, and his church. Whether he was playing with one of his grandkids, mentoring a young attorney or engaged in a round of tennis, Walter lived in the moment and made himself available at all times. He always took the time to help others and had a knack for making people feel special, be it a friend, professional colleague or a client.
Not many men have the impact Walter did. He was kind, funny and protective. He was a good son, husband, father, grandfather and friend. He will be profoundly missed and remembered with great affection.
Farewell to a great man and a life well-lived.