EL PASO -- Juan Stockmeyer, a judge and businessman who also dabbled in politics and writing, died Monday. He was 72 and had diabetes.

Stockmeyer was a municipal court judge before running for state representative in 1972.

Stockmeyer owned Club Morocco before retiring in 1998, and also owned the Pistolero Saloon and several restaurants Downtown.

Also an author, Stockmeyer wrote the book "Carpentry for the Horseman and Rancher."   And for years he owned Crichet Printing, which was on Myrtle Street near Downtown.

El Paso lawyer and longtime Democrat Tom Diamond said that back in the '70s, Stockmeyer was referred to as the "mad printer" by his political friends, who included Judge Woodrow Bean.

"He owned that print shop and would use it to print stuff for his political causes," Diamond said. "He was a real nice guy, and he will be sorely missed. He was a positive force in this community."

After retiring in 1998, Stockmeyer began building and selling items for arts and crafts shows, including wooden turkeys; his sister, Frederika Stockmeyer, said he liked to build small Thanksgiving turkeys that people could put in the front yard, "He said the hobby was relaxing and enjoyable." 

Juan Stockmeyer will be remembered for being involved and committed to the El Paso community, and for helping others.

Stockmeyer is survived by his wife, Barbara Stockmeyer. They were married in 1958 in Juárez. He is also survived by his son, Juan Stockmeyer, his daughter, Anna Walker, and three sisters.

He was buried Thursday at Memory Gardens of the Valley in Santa Teresa.

Ramon Bracamontes may be reached at rbracamontes@elpasotimes.com

Veronica - United States - Thursday Sep 3 - What a nice write up! I didn't know Mr. Stockmeyer was a muncipal court judge. We moved here in 1983 and I remember his name from owning Pistoleros. I know members of his family and they are wonderful people. May he RIP.

Elaine - El Paso TX - Thursday Sep 3 - Mr. Stockmeyer was the kindest of men. All of El Paso will miss his presence.  

White Slave - Corpus Christi TX - Thursday Sep 3 -  

Paloma - Houston TX - Thursday Sep 3 -  God bless you and may you be rounding up the youngins and telling your stories surrounded by old friends and your son Karl.  Juanito sponsored our bowling league and was kind enough to print T-shirts that said Sexual Harrassment Guaranteed at Pistoleros, during the time his friend Wayne, an old lawyer, was being sued for sexual harrassment, he supported him by letting him know that at his bar, it was a "gimme".  A tequila for you my kind friend.