Jim Smith Hogan

November 19, 1922May 29, 2012

JIM S. HOGAN, age 89, passed away peacefully on May 29, 2012 in Houston, Texas. He was born in Orange County, Texas on November 19, 1922 to Virgil and Verletta Pennington Hogan, the third of six children. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Melvid and Robert, and sister, Adrienne Mize. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, WIlladeen and three children, Beth, Brad, and Barry and wife, Elizabeth; granddaughter, Regina June, and great grandchildren, Hogan and Jillian June, all of the Houston area; his brother, Alton Glen Hogan of LaPorte, Texas, and sister, Betty Merle Day, of Orlando, Florida.

Jim graduated from Orange High School and enlisted in the United States Army Air Corp in June, 1942. He was accepted for pilot training and commissioned in March, 1943, at the age of 20. He was an accomplished instrument pilot and instructor, serving over four years in the military, honorably discharged with the rank of Captain in 1946. He followed that training into civilian life as a corporate pilot for Fish Engineering Corporation for five years. He entered a training program for engineering and worked for Fish for twenty two years, retiring as Vice President.

In 1969, he formed Val Verde Corporation, which provided engineering services for the oil and gas industry and developed designs for modular oil refineries which they built and installed in several states and foreign countries. The company continued in business over thirty years until his retirement at 77. In the late 1970’s, he started a business for the reclamation and clean-up of petroleum wastes which grew to become the current DuraTherm that operates domestic and international processing units including the largest oil recovery facility for refinery waste located in Texas City.

Jim was a prolific inventor with an inquiring mind and the inventor of record of over 30 years United States Patents. Until shortly before his death, he continued to pursue studies that interested him, always learning and exploring ideas. He was also passionate about the land and enjoyed times with his family at his ranch south of Bastrop. He is dearly loved and will be missed beyond measure by his family.

Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Friday, June 1, 2012, at The Settegast-Kopf Co. @ Sugar Creek, 15015 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land (Williams Trace Exit). Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, June 2, 2012, in the Morrow Chapel of The Settegast-Kopf Co. @ Sugar Creek, with the Rev. M. Eugene Vickrey, officiating. Interment will follow on Monday, June 4, 2012, in Coolidge, Texas.


  • Visitation Friday, June 1, 2012
  • Funeral Service Saturday, June 2, 2012

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Nancy Gabany

June 4, 2012

Mrs. Hogan, Brad and family,

My deepest sympathy for your loss. I enjoyed workind with Mr. Hogan and loved visiting on the phone with him. He was a great man and will be deeply missed.

My God grant you peace and remind you of all the many precious memories you shared with Mr. Hogan.

June 4, 2012

Praying for the Hogans. Jim was a big man with a big footprint on all those he touched. Great legacy. The Robideaus


June 4, 2012

Papa, Hogan and Jillian and I will do our best to honor your legacy and make you proud. We love you.

June 2, 2012

Mimi and family:
Words cannot express my sorrow and grief.
Jim was my mentor and my inspiration in the engineering and construction industry. I was proud to have been a member of the after 5:00 pm J&B tutorial given by Jim.
God bless the family,
Tom Sherman

June 1, 2012


Edna Glover

June 1, 2012

When a great oak tree leaves the family courtyard, it leaves behind a large hole of light.  For those who did not share anything with this great oak, there is simply nothing.  
On the other hand, for those who took shelter under his great branches or shared in his presence, rich in memories, that hole of open sky, makes him present again with each dawn.
He will be forever in our hearts.

Ramsey & Tricky Horton

June 1, 2012

Our prayers are with the Hogan Family -

Tom & Jackie Knight

May 31, 2012

We'll miss you Jim. Our hearts and prayers are with your family.

Sherry Johnson (Dupuy)

May 31, 2012

I had the pleasure of working with Jim and Willadeen and his sons Barry and Brad for several years. I can honestly say it was one of the best work experiences I've ever had. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

George & Joni Breland

May 31, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the Hogan family during this time. The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace. (Numbers 6:24–26, NIV)