Prominent citizen Welborn passes away
Aransas Pass native Michael E. Welborn, best known for the judicial positions he held in San Patricio County, passed away last week after a battle with cancer.
Welborn was a lifelong resident of Aransas Pass, and graduated from Aransas Pass High School. He went on to attend then-Texas A&I University and earned a bachelor’s degree, and later earned a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law.
Welborn as a U.S. Navy veteran, and as as an aerographer’s mate, he completed Operation Deep Freeze Winter Over in Antarctica. He was commissioned by Texas Governor as an admiral in the Texas Navy. He married his wife Laura in 1973 and they have one daughter, Elizabeth.
Welborn served several years as the 36th Judicial District Judge. In 2013 Gov. Rick Perry appointed Welborn as the district attorney. His appointment was confirmed, and he was sworn into office by 156th district judge Joel Johnson. He later served as judge of the San Patricio County Court-at-Law. His daughter Elizabeth now holds that position in San Patricio County. He was a member of the State Bar of Texas.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church, a Rotarian and past president of the Sinton Rotary Club, a founder of the Spirit of Aransas Pass, and a former trustee of the Aransas Pass Independent School District. He volunteered for Aransas Pass Toys for Tots, Corpus Christi’s Habitat for Humanity, and the Aransas Pass Fourth of July Celebration and Boat Parade.
San Patricio County Judge Terry Simpson called Welborn a “prominent figure” in the community who served in several positions. The judge said Welborn was always concerned about doing the correct things for both the state and the defendant, He was always conscious about the feelings of the public, he always made sure justice was served, and with dignity
Even in his final days, Welborn was concerned about his hometown’s recovery from Hurricane Harvey. Anyone interested in honoring Welborn’s memory in such a manner is asked to donate non-perishable foods to the church to benefit the relief efforts.