Seagal Wheatley, who served as the Western Texas U.S. Attorney in the late 1960s, died of pancreatic cancer last week.
He was 77.
Wheatley served as the district’s top federal prosecutor from 1969 to 1971, according to the National Association of Former United States Attorneys, of which he was a longtime member. In that post, he was one of the youngest U.S. Attorneys in the country at the time.
He later became a partner at a Texas firm, specializing in complex business litigation. He represented the former oowner of the New Orleans Saints, the owner of the Houston Astros, owners of the Detroit Tigers and two former mayors of San Antonio, Texas. He later joined Jackson Walker LLP, also based in Texas. During his career, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the San Antonio Business Journal. He was a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law.
He is survived by two daughters, Jill Wheatley of San Antonio and Julie Gosh of Austin.
The Justice Department will fly an American flag over Main Justice in Wheatley’s honor and it will later be given to his family, according to NAFUSA.