John F. “Jack” Lubben III, 80, a longtime criminal defense lawyer in Dallas with a memorable deep voice, died Jan. 24 at his home in Austin.
He was the grandson of John Lubben, the business partner of The Dallas Morning News founder G. B. Dealey. The News was founded in 1885.
Lubben was born in Houston and raised in McAllen. He lived in Dallas for more than 40 years, until he and his wife, Ann Logan-Lubben, moved to Austin in 2013 to be closer to family.
Logan-Lubben said her husband was inspired by his father, a physician, to do volunteer work and by his grandfather’s newspaper background to study history and political science at the University of Texas. He went to law school at St. Mary’s University and graduated in 1968.
“His grandfather was an accountant and apparently good enough with numbers that G.B. Dealey allowed him to help him open The Dallas Morning News,” his wife said.
Lubben believed that everyone deserved representation and worked with those experiencing homelessness in Dallas, she said. After he retired, he continued to volunteer in Austin, where he delivered Meals on Wheels throughout the pandemic.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, son Mark Andrew Lubben and daughter Shanna Alexandra Lubben, as well as grandchildren Jennifer and Jordan Lubben, and Isabella, Liam, and Katrianna Edwards, as well as great-grandchild, Isabel Lubben.
A funeral mass is set for 10 a.m. Feb. 6 at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, 4800 Convict Hill Road, Austin, with the Rev. Lou Brusatti presiding. A small reception in honor of his life will follow at noon at Jack Allen’s Kitchen, 7720 W. Hwy 71, Austin.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Loaves and Fishes, Austin Meals on Wheels or the Central Texas Food Bank.