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Marvin Odell Teague (1933-1991)

Judge, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, 1981-1991

Marvin Odell Teague was born November 10, 1933, in Caldwell, Texas. He attended Southwest Texas State Teachers College (now Texas State University) in San Marcos, where he earned a bachelor of education degree in 1954 and a master of education degree in 1957. He served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956 before earning a law degree from the University of Houston School of Law in 1961. He was admitted to the Texas bar that year.

Teague was city attorney for Spring Valley, ten miles west of downtown Houston, from 1969 to 1971. He was a senior administrative assistant for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals from 1971 to 1972. Teague practiced law in Houston for the following decade, from 1972 until 1981. He served as president of the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association from 1975 to 1976, and as director of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association from 1976 to 1980, and was active in numerous other professional organizations. He served as author and editorial consultant for the first Texas Criminal Practice Guide, a comprehensive resource guide on criminal practice and procedure for legal practitioners published in 1979.

Marvin Teague joined the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in 1981, serving as a judge for the next ten years until his death on February 20, 1991, at the age of fifty-seven. He was buried in the Texas State Cemetery in Austin.


Marvin Teague, Texas State Cemetery (accessed December 19, 2006).