Leo Ralph Dartez Jr.

August 18, 1952May 13, 2019
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Leo Ralph Dartez, Jr., Ralph, of The Woodlands, TX, born to Leo Ralph Dartez, Sr. and Jacqueline Larroque Dartez passed away May 13, 2019. Ralph is survived by his wife Ann Smith Dartez of 44 years, his children Leo Ralph III (Doreen) Oviedo, FL, Jeremy Wade (Jennifer) Allen, TX, and Jennifer Rose, Dallas, TX, his four grandchildren and three sisters, Denise Faust (Barry), Michele Rooney (James), Ann Schober (Andrew), and seven nephews and a niece.

Ralph was born August 18, 1952 in New Orleans, Louisiana and graduated from Port Sulphur High School. He attended Louisiana State University earning a Civil Engineering degree (Chi Epsilon) in 1973. Ralph’s engineering career spanned over 30 years and in 2005 he retired from Marathon Oil Company as Gulf Coast Region Manager in Houston, TX. Ralph talked fondly of his times at Marathon and remained close with many colleagues.

Ralph will be fondly remembered for his hobbies. He was an avid golfer. Ralph started playing golf in 1962 and referred to himself as a student of the game. He boasted about parring the Road Hole and shooting an 81 at Scotland’s St. Andrews Old Course.

In Ralph’s younger years, he developed a passion for sports, including tennis, football, baseball, track, basketball, rugby and soccer. He often told his family that he was not very good at any of these sports but he was proud of his never-give-up spirit. Ralph also loved history and was well-read on the Civil War, World War II and great leaders such as Churchill and Lincoln. In his later years, Ralph took up studying finance and enthusiastically spread that knowledge to friends and family.

Above all, Ralph loved his family, especially his four grandchildren Madeline Marie Dartez, Annabelle Claire Dartez, Louis Robert Dartez, and Addison Elizabeth Dartez. Ralph was a source of inspiration to all who knew him and his generosity is evident even after his passing. He was a great husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. He was deeply loved and will be dearly missed.

A Visitation will be held at 10:00am on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at Forest Park The Woodlands Funeral Home Chapel, 18000 Interstate 45 South, The Woodlands, TX. Funeral service will be at 12:00pm on Thursday, May 16, 2019 with a burial immediately following the service.


  • Visitation Thursday, May 16, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, May 16, 2019
  • Commital Service Thursday, May 16, 2019


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Alex Faust

May 16, 2019

I will always remember Uncle Ralph for his genuineness, kindness, and humor. He took a true interest in everyone around him, and he had a unique ability to find humor in everyday life.

I will also remember Uncle Ralph for his fighting spirit and determinedness. This was clear not only during family poker gatherings and golf games, but more importantly, through his will to persevere during such difficult times with his health. His spirit was a testament to his deep love for his family, friends, and life in general.

He was a great uncle, brother, father and grandfather. He will be deeply missed.

John Sylvest

May 15, 2019

Our families first intertwined in the 40's in Abbeville, my first memory being that of a toddler & trying to climb on Ralph's Uncle Alex's lap in my Mamon's kitchen. What a joy to my grandmother & parents to extend that relationship, via Mr Ralph & Mrs Jackie, in the early 60's in Port Sulphur, while otherwise navigating a new community with few prior acquaintances.

Little Ralph was always kind & indulgent, even of those of us a few years younger. He patiently taught me Battleship, Stratego & Chess and rowing on the Reservoir and, without a hint of condescension, acknowledged my presence at daily high school band practices, where I was just a kid among older classmates.

I was blessed to keep up with Ralph's adventuresome life's journey, fairly well, through contact with his beloved parents at Freeporter outings, often in Aurora.

My most enduring memory was an email exchange I had with "Little Ralph" when he was in MD Anderson (I believe it was). He was so unbelievably courageous, incredibly grateful to & so very highly complimentary of the staff, there. "If ever you have the need, God forbid, come to Houston," he urged. Ralph's attitude, I'm sure, largely determined the success of his treatment & gifted his friends & loved ones so many more precious, sacred years of his loving presence.

What a guy! What a man!

I'm so deeply grateful to have known him & his parents and sisters because of Msgr Alex. I pray for his spouse, children & grandchildren, for Denise, Michelle & Ann, that you'll all know every consolation of faith, family & friends during this moment of deep grief and that sweet memories of your beloved husband, dad, grandpa & brother will nurture you all the days of your lives.

The photo attached is of Ralph & Denise's school days circa 1968, a little collage I shared years ago with their Dad.

Richard Andre

May 15, 2019

We have had the pleasure of living across the street from Ralph and Ann for these past years. I will miss running into Ralph on the walking paths and exchanging stories about the “good old days” in the Gulf of Mexico oil patch. You couldn’t ask for a more cheerful and friendly neighbor. Rest in peace friend.

Gary Blackburn

May 15, 2019

Ralph was a very good friend. We met in Anchorage where we both served on the Alaska Oil and Gas Board of Directors and shared good times with our mutual friend Charlie Brown. We became reacquainted after all three of us had moved to The Woodlands. Charlie again brought us together to begin a weekly golf game. As time passed, we played many rounds of golf together and enjoyed several evenings playing Texas Hold-Em with friends. I talked Ralph into working with me for John M. Campbell where he developed subsea training materials and taught week long courses. As in everything I saw him do, he strove for excellence. We really enjoyed competing against each other and he was a serious competitor in everything he undertook. However, he was always fair, honest and willing to help others improve. We shared financial planning learnings and good books that we discovered and I highly valued his thoughts and suggestions. I don't recall Ralph ever loosing his cool other than temperature wise when he would dump cold water on his head and back while golfing because of the heat. He never complained about his health issues, but just plugged away. Ralph was lots of fun to be with, reliable, trustworthy, candid and honest. I really miss my friend!

Stuart Rooney

May 14, 2019

I will always remember Uncle Ralph for livening any gathering that he was a part of. He had such a fun and interesting personality that immediately brought joy to those around him.

I have many memories of him enthusiastically discussing history, finance and even poker strategies. His humor and intellect are wonderful gifts that will continue to live on through those with whom he shared them.

We are so lucky to have been surrounded by such a wonderful and impactful person - he will be greatly missed.

Louis Dartez

May 14, 2019

Ralph, Jr. was the first born of my beloved brother and his wife, Jacqueline. I first met my nephew when he was one month old and his parents were newly weds. It was love at first sight and this love transcends his lifetime. He was named my executor in my will. In fact, in early 2019 when his life was at stake, he was working long hours on an investment strategy to secure my future. I love him and will miss him greatly. It is beyond our scrutiny that God would take someone so young while others of us would live to be so old. - I love you - Uncle Lou

Kevin Rooney

May 14, 2019

Uncle Ralph was truly one of a kind. You always knew when he was in the room, and it was almost always accompanied by his wonderful sense of humor or a funny story. He helped to remind us all that life is meant to be fun. Uncle Ralph also had an impressive desire to learn new subjects such as obscure European history, the already mentioned financial subjects and even how to smoke certain foods that you could not imagine.

Uncle Ralph took a genuine interest in the lives of those around him. Not a visit went by where he didn’t ask me how school or work was going. This was a common occurrence between all of his nieces and nephews. Uncle Ralph brought joy to us all and showed us how to live with an upbeat attitude. Thanks for all of the memories.

Lori Golder

May 14, 2019

We owe Ralph and Ann a debt of gratitude we can never repay. When Marathon transferred us from Lafayette to Moscow in 1996, our son had just enlisted in the Army but wouldn’t report for training for months and we didn’t know what he would do until then. I turned to Ann and Ralph - could they feed/house/care for him for those months? Their answer was “Yes”.

Good friends are hard to find, great people even harder.

God Bless ...

Lori and Dave Golder

Jacqueline Faust

May 14, 2019

Renny and I were so touched to see Uncle Ralph and Aunt Ann at our wedding in January. We know he probably was not feeling well. He made such an effort and took time to travel all the way to New Orleans to celebrate with our families. He put up a valiant fight and was loved by so many. He will forever be in our thoughts and prayers.


May 14, 2019

I first met Ralph in Anchorage Alaska, where we took Brother on a midnight run for reds in the Russian River. We also played a bit of golf at the Full Swing indoor golf, during the long winters. I followed him to Lafayette and them to Houston for Marathon Oil. I will remember the good times we had playing golf and what an honest and caring person he was.
Our sincere condolences to Ann and the family.
Brad & Ginny Penn