HOUSTON – One of the largest funders of Democrats in the state of Texas passed away Wednesday “after a sudden onset and battle with a mental health issue,” according to a Nov. 16 statement issued by Amber Mostyn, Steve Mostyn’s widow.
“Steve was a beloved husband and devoted father who adored his children and never missed any of their sporting activities,” reads the statement. “He was a true friend, and a faithful fighter for those who did not have a voice.”
While the statement declines to detail how Steve Mostyn died, it does say: “If you or a loved one are thinking about suicide, or experiencing a health crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline right now at 1-800-273-8255."
Steve Mostyn, founder of the Mostyn Law firm in Houston, built his fortune and reputation suing insurance companies in the wakes of natural disasters.
He used sizable chunks of his wealth to fund Democrats, giving millions to candidates like Wendy Davis and Barack Obama.
The current chair of the Texas Democratic Party, Brownsville attorney Gilberto Hinojosa, issued the following statement: “Steve was a giant. He was the epitome of a Texas Democrat - big, bold, fearless, and caring. He dedicated his professional and personal life to fighting for the little guy.”
Hinojosa worked closely with Mostyn Law following the spring 2012 hailstorms that swept through the Rio Grande Valley – signing up individual victims and organizations and businesses impacted by the storms.
Amber Mostyn’s statement also says: "In honor of Steve's life and legacy, please consider supporting the important work of the Mostyn Moreno Foundation or the Special Olympics of Texas.”