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1029 South Greenville Ave, Richardson, TX

OBITUARY

Marvin LaVerne Katz

December 12, 1935November 22, 2019
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Marvin LaVerne Katz, 83, of Dallas, Texas, passed away on November 22, 2019 in Dallas.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 pm on December 2 at First Presbyterian Church of Richardson with David Schaefers officiating.

Marvin Katz was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Dr. Donald LaVerne Katz and Lila Maxine Katz on December 12, 1935. He went to Ann Arbor High School and married his high school sweetheart, Suzanne Gary, on September 10, 1955 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Marvin attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, earning a BS, MS, and PhD in Chemical Engineering.

Dr. Katz was first employed by the Sinclair Oil Corporation in Tulsa, OK from 1960-1969 as a Research Engineer and Systems Administrator. He then proceeded with a prestigious career as an executive with the Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO), serving in numerous leadership roles focusing primarily on exploration and production research, long-range planning and operations support. He left ARCO in the late 1980s and joined Chief Petroleum Company, retiring in 1992 as Vice President-Engineering.

Dr. Katz was a member of the Coordinating Subcommittee and chairman of the Technology Task Group of the National Petroleum Council's Committee on Enhanced Recovery Techniques for Oil and Gas in the U.S., and he served as a member of advisory committees to the Texas A&M and University of Tulsa Departments of Petroleum Engineering. Dr. Katz made significant contributions to the internationalization efforts of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). He was a member of the Boards of both SPE and the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME). He served as a Treasurer of SPE and was the 1980 President of the Society. Active in the efforts of the SPE Foundation, Dr. Katz served as a Trustee, Executive Committee member, Vice President, Senior Vice President, President, and Chairman. He is an SPE Distinguished Service Award recipient and an SPE Distinguished Member.

Marvin was an avid bass fisherman, enjoying many fishing trips with his sons and friends. One of his proudest moments was catching a 14.03 lb largemouth bass from Lake Fork in 1995. Marvin also played the piano from an early age, often playing songs by ear to the enjoyment of his friends and family. He enjoyed cheering for Michigan Wolverines football, the Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks, and Dallas Stars.

After retirement, Dr. Katz founded the West Highland Terrier (“Westie”) Rescue of North Texas. Through his leadership, countless Westies were nursed to health and placed in loving homes. He also was an active member for more than 40 years in the First Presbyterian Church of Richardson.

Dr. Katz is preceded in death by his father (Dr. Donald LaVerne Katz), mother (Lila Maxine Crull Katz), and sister (Linda Katz Cantrell).

He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Suzanne Gary Katz, three children, 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren: daughter, Laura S. Katz Duke, of Plano, TX, married to Damon Duke, with children Matthew Duke, Megan Duke Lewis (married to Christopher Lewis, with children Lorelai, Adalaide, and Finnian), Zachary Duke (married to Kathrine Schmidt Duke with a baby girl expected in December), Jacob Duke, Hannah Duke, and Caroline Duke (all live in the DFW metroplex, with exception of Hannah who lives in Washington D.C.); son, Donald E. Katz, of Dallas, TX, married to Kathleen A. Doyle Katz, with children Eric Katz (Dallas), Nicholas Katz (Denver, CO) and Madalyn Katz (Dallas); and son, Stephen LaVerne Katz, of Austin, TX, married to Janet A. Katz, with children Anna Katz Eckert (married to Sam Eckert), and daughter Lila Katz (residents of Denton, TX).

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be given to First Presbyterian Church of Richardson. The family wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Dr. Mark Fleschler for his years of caring.

Services

  • Memorial Service Monday, December 2, 2019

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Mary J Monty

December 3, 2019

I have wonderful memories of spending every holiday when I was young with Marv and my Uncle Donald and Aunt Maxine. I had the honor of being the flower girl at his and Sue's wedding. He was an amazing man and will be dearly missed by everyone.

Barbara Ott

December 1, 2019

I extend my sincere condolences to Suzanne and family on the passing of a great man, Marvin Katz. Together Suzanne and Marvin were mentors for me as I began the Austin TX westie rescue program. Their advice and guidance were always there when I needed it. I have always treasured their friendship.

Debi Neely

November 27, 2019

I’m so thankful to have met Mr. Marvin Katz and was honored to serve on the board of Westie Rescue of North Texas with him. We shared the same passion to make sure that no Westie ever would be without a family or without the medical help they needed. Marvin helped saved hundreds of Westie and through his founding of Westie Rescue of North Texas will continue saving hundreds more. I hope he is surrounded by all the Westies who crossed over the bridge and is being smothered with Westie kisses! May you Rest In Peace knowing that you touched so many people and furkids through your kindness and love! ❤️🐾❤️🐾❤️

Cynthia Cummings

November 27, 2019

Sorry to hear this. I have pleasant memories of being at their house in Ann Arbor as a child. He was my mom’s (Marilyn) cousin. There were 7 cousins and my aunt Lorraine is the only one left. Also remember my Great Uncle Donald and Aunt Maxine. Condolences to the entire family.

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