Heart Attack Proves Fatal to Tynan
Former Texas State Senator and Bexar County Texas District Attorney Walter Tynan, whose political career spanned two of the most tumultuous decades in Bexar County politics, died Wednesday, January 20, 1965, of a heart ailment. He was 67.
A man who declared his politics always has been against the political machines and whose pet aversion was the political boss, Tynan honed his talents as a young prosecutor in the district attorney's office in the late 1920s, rose to Bexar County first assistant district attorney, and became Bexar County district attorney in 1930.
Backed by the emerging Citizen League, which was to break the hold of the city - county machine by defeating the machine incumbents in the 1930 county elections, Tynan was elected to office. His running mates, all of whom blasted out their opponents from their courthouse stronghold, were Maury Maverick for tax collector; William Wurzbach county judge; Albert Maverick Jr. and Bob Uhr for Bexar County commissioners; and D. K. Davis for county attorney.
10 Years in Office
Tynan served four years as Bexar County district attorney, and six years as Texas state senator. During one senatorial race, Tynan defeated Texas State Rep. Red Berry in the liveliest pairing of the campaign. Although he retired from politics as a candidate after completing his term Dec. 31, 1952, Tynan kept his hand in as a political mentor. A strong man not given to evasion, he endorsed Pat Maloney for district attorney in 1954. Maloney, one of his closest friends right on up to the day he died, lost a run-off race to District Attorney Austin Anderson, after leading in the first primary, and Tynan's long-time courthouse amigo P.E. Dickinson was destined to go down to defeat in 1960. Dickinson had been politically aligned with Tynan since the beginning of Dickinson's career. Tynan conducted a long and enduring political fight with the late Sheriff Owen Kilday, the Bexar County courthouse leader for many years.
After he left the state Senate, Tynan entered private law practice. A resident of 217 E. Craig Place, Tynan entered the Nix Hospital after a heart attack Friday, January 15, 1965. His condition was aggravated by a cold, but Tuesday, January 19, 1965, he felt well enough to tell close friends he hoped to go home Wednesday.
Tynan, of Irish descent, obtained a bachelor of science degree from St. Mary's University and his law degree from the University of Texas. A Catholic, Tynan was a life-long resident of San Antonio. He was a veteran of World Wars I and II.
Survivors included two sons, E. Walter Tynan III and Richard A. Tynan, two daughters, Miss Ann Tynan and Miss Mary Tynan, and two brothers, Leo Tynan and Harold Tynan, all of San Antonio; two. sisters, Mrs. W. C. Davis of San Antonio, Mrs. Kenneth Wendler of Austin, and eight grandchildren.
A rosary was said for Tynan at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, January 21, 1965, in the Georgian Chapel of the Porter Loring Mortuary. A service was held at 9 a.m. Friday, January 22, 1965, in the Georgian Chapel, and mass was said at 9:30 a.m. in St Mary's Catholic Church. Burial was in San Fernando Archdiocesan Cemetery, arrangements by Porter Loring.
San Antonio Express; Tuesday January 21, 1965.
See also, Edward Walter Tynan, III, Mary Tynan Davis, Walter Costello Tynan, Johanna Tynan, Edward K. Tynan, Eliza Tynan, Lizzie Tynan, and Leo Costello Tynan, Jr.
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