Arlen Edgar
March 30, 1934 - June 14, 2021
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Arlen L. Edgar, (87) of Midland, Texas passed away on Monday, June 14, 2021. Arlen was born on March 30, 1934 in Stephenville, Texas to Zeddie and Ruby Edgar. Arlen attended Tarleton State University from 1952-1953, where he also served in the Army ROTC. He then attended the University of Texas at Austin and graduated …
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John Orban - Oklahoma City left a message on August 20, 2021:
In 2000, as banquet-speaker during an East Texas field trip, Arlen gave a hilarious presentation. Next day, he and I sat together on the bus. For hours, we exchanged war stories (summer oilfield jobs in college), London stories, and like that. For the past 20 years, I visited Arlen whenever in Midland. He was always generous to share whatever might be useful, and introduced many Permian Basin people that he thought I should know. Back in the 1980’s, I was struggling to pitch some kind of oil and gas investment concept. I received one particular, politely-worded letter in reply: “no interest”. I had forgotten about it. (There were SO MANY “no interest” replies. ALL of them, actually!) Closing down my warehouse last year, I came across that letter, to realize that it was signed by Arlen! Midland will not be the same. Rest in Peace, Arlen.
Barbara and Glenn Osterwisch left a message on July 2, 2021:
We are grateful that we had the opportunity to know Arlen & Betty. Our now-grown children remember his antics and his counsel fondly. Wishing you peace and comfort in your memories.
Abdallah Harouaka left a message on June 20, 2021:
Dear Arlene, You have been one of the pillars of the PENG department at UTPB. Thank you for everything.
JON G MASSEY left a message on June 18, 2021:
Over the past 50 years in the oil business and politics I have been lucky to know several men who made other folks lives better - Arlen Edgar is foremost. His intelligence, experience, integrity and sense of humor were exceeded only by his sense of fellowship. As a result of Arlen's input I doubt that he ever met anyone who did not become a friend. All of us will miss communicating with Arlen to receive his treasured thoughts. My condolences to Mark and Brad and their families on the loss of a great role model and exemplary human being.
Professor Robert and Helen Dibble left a message on June 18, 2021:
Professor Dibble and wife Helen, Berkeley CA. We share your sadness. We will miss our spirted debates about the Presidents from Midland.
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Professor Robert and Helen Dibble left a message on June 18, 2021:
Professor Dibble and wife Helen, Berkeley CA. We share your sadness. We will miss our spirted debates about the Presidents from Midland.
D. Briggs Donaldson left a message on June 18, 2021:
I am deeply saddened by Arlen's passing. There is so much more I want to learn from him. He was a wonderful man and I am honored to have known him and to have him as a friend.
Chris Renaud left a message on June 18, 2021:
Growing up in Midland, graduating with a Petroleum Engineering degree from UT Austin and then beginning my career with Amoco, Arlen and I had quite a bit in common. His sense of humor, positive attitude and genuine love of all will always be remembered and cherished. It will be difficult coming to the realization that I won't be running into Arlen again in this life, but his impact on my life will always be with me. Godspeed and Hook 'Em!!
Jens Würthner left a message on June 18, 2021:
My thoughts and prayers go out to my American host brothers Mark and Brad and their families! I met Arlen in July 1983, and the first thing he and his wife Betty told me when I arrived as their German Exchange Student: “You call us Mom and Dad.” The hospitality “Mom and Dad” offered to a complete stranger was unprecedented for me, and it still is. The Sunday mornings, going to church in the black English cab all together, the lunches afterwards, the evening at Summer Mummers sometime 1984, our road trip to Big Bend, … so many wonderful memories. He had a great sense of humor, his laughter to some of the jokes cracked in the Saturday Night Life Show are still ringing in my ear, almost 40 years later. I won’t be able to introduce my children to him now, which I regret, but I will make sure to circle by the Petroleum Museum with them one of these days. He will be dearly missed, yet the fond memories of him will live on.
Peter Keller left a message on June 18, 2021:
Arlen was a giant. An excellent engineer but an even better person - from when I 1s met him in 1981. I learned a lot from him, about the oil patch & engineering to W. Tx history, but also had great fun from RPI Odysseys in TX & NY, to the Mummers and MCT. On one early business visit, without my knowledge he changed my Friday return flight to NYC as he told me I had to go the MHS pep rally and then to the game that night vs Odessa!!
Robert Anderson left a message on June 17, 2021:
Arlen was a career long mentor and good friend. Of the many local oilmen who made Midland an important place on the world map, Arlen was a man among men. His wisdom and community service will be greatly missed.
Suzanne Thomas left a message on June 17, 2021:
I was associated with Arlen Edgar when he served on the Board of Directors for the Abell-Hanger Foundation and I was on the Abell-Hanger staff. His wide interest in the Midland community made his input very valuable. Mr. Edgar was always very kind and friendly and full of interesting stories. Only a few days before I learned of his passing I finally got to watch the Iron Orchard movie where he made a cameo appearance as a wheeling and dealing oil man gathered with other oil men at the historic Settles hotel in Big Spring, Texas for an important meeting - a role he was well suited for. Rest In peace, Mr. Edgar knowing you served God and our community well. You will be missed and I will especially miss your humor, love of life, and your oil field related Christmas cards. My condolences and prayers to the family.
Mike Robinson left a message on June 17, 2021:
Arlen's character was an inspiration for me. I will miss him.
Doris Anderson left a message on June 16, 2021:
Our thoughts and prayers are with Brad & Mark and their families, and Arlen's sister. What wonderful memories you must have, and that goes for anyone who knew Arlen! How many of us got cartoons sent to them if it could be applied to you! Always thoughtful, and had the most interesting and funny stories that could fill up a book. I know heaven is rejoicing to have such a man....he will always be remembered, and greatly missed.
Lyn Arscott left a message on June 16, 2021:
Arlen preceeded me (by many years) as President of the Society of Petroleum Engineers so I was blessed to have his excellent advice on many complicated issues. I think he sympathized with me when, as a young Welshman, I moved to Monahans as a production manager. He was determined that I should enjoy the experience of West Texas. He was an example to us all of a true gentleman. We will miss him.
Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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