Mark B. Webster
October 2, 1928 – May 7, 2020
Mark Bremer Webster was born in Santa Monica, CA on October 2, 1928.
He graduated from Santa Monica High School in 1946 and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Wyoming and a bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from USC.
Upon leaving college he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army and was called into active duty on October 15, 1950.
Mark married Ruth West Hilliard on June 3, 1951 at San Marino Community Church.
He left for Korea on July 13, 1951 and served as a 1st Lieutenant during the Korean War. He was promoted to Captain after returning to the states and serving in the Army Reserves.
His first son, Stephen, was born in Pasadena, CA on 11/11/1953. His second son, Robert, was born in Casper, Wyoming on 12/2/1955 and his third son, Craig, was born on 9/17/1958 in Whittier. CA.
The family moved to their first house in La Mirada, CA in 1956. They moved to Ventura, CA in 1963 and then finally to Costa Mesa, CA in 1965.
Mark worked in the petroleum industry as a petroleum engineer all his life. He initially worked for the Continental (CONOCO) Oil Company in Los Angeles and then Ventura. In 1965 he went to work for the THUMS (Texaco, Humble, Union, Mobil & Shell) Oil Company in Long Beach, CA. After retiring from THUMS he continued working as a consulting petroleum engineer for Signal Hill Petroleum. He was a mentor to many young engineers in the petroleum industry.
He was a passionate gardener/farmer and for many years owned avocado groves in the Fallbrook, CA area. He became an expert in the preparation of guacamole.
Mark’s greatest accomplishment however was his decision to believe in Jesus Christ and because of that decision years ago he is in Heaven now with his wife and two sons who preceded him there.
Mark B. Webster
May 19, 2020
My thoughts and prayers go out to Mark’s family during this difficult time. I was one of the fortunate young engineers to start their careers in the oil and gas industry under Mark at THUMS. He was a great mentor to us all and then a friend for life after our careers took us in different directions. Over the years, I enjoyed seeing Mark at the golf course or just calling him to see how he was doing. He was always genuinely interested in how things were going and would still provide guidance. Mark will be missed by many. RIP my friend.
May 16, 2020
Mark was the engineering manager at Thums when he hired many young engineers at Thums in the 1980s. I was one of those young engineers. Everyone had great respect for his leadership skills and for him as a kind caring and knowledgeable person. We are all indebted to him in helping make us all successful in our lives. We all became a family. I will miss him.
May 15, 2020
Mark was my mentor, my friend. I will always remember his kindness, his support, and his guidance. His words and his example are with me even today. His memory will forever live in my heart. Rest at last, my dear friend, in the arms of God.
Until we see each other again.
May 14, 2020
I met Mark while working at THUMS Long Beach Company. Mark was a mentor to many and he made a big impression on me as a young man starting out my career in the oil patch which would span over 42 years. We stayed in touch and I became close friends with his son Steve! Mark will be deeply missed & we will see him again one day in Heaven! My prayers are going out to his family! Rest In Peace Mark!
May 14, 2020
Wanted to express my condolences and thoughts to Mark's family. I worked and golfed with Mark at Signal Hill Petroleum and enjoyed those times immensely. An absolutely brilliant engineer! Also, please see attached photo including Mark during an industry charity golf tournament. That's me on the left..
I last talked with Mark about the New Year.
I will miss him!