Forrest Venable Fitzhugh

  • Born: December 4, 1938
  • Died: June 9, 2018
  • Location: San Antonio, Texas

Porter Loring Mortuary

1101 McCullough Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78212
Tel. (210) 227-8221

Tribute & Message From The Family

Forrest Venable Fitzhugh was born in San Antonio on December 4, 1938 and died on June 9, 2018 at the age of 79.

Forrest was the eldest son of James Venable and Eloise Holman Fitzhugh. His maternal grandparents were Addie Alston deGraffenreid and Jesse Burette Holman, of Weimar, Texas, and his paternal grandparents were Ara Agnes Venable and Olin Minos Fitzhugh, of San Antonio. Except for one year in Fairlington, VA, and one year in West Hartford, CT, during WWII, Forrest grew up in San Antonio and remained here through his graduation from college.

Forrest was proud of having graduated from Woodlawn Elementary School in 1950, Horace Mann Junior High School in 1952, and from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1956. He went to Trinity University and earned his B.A. in psychology and philosophy in 1960. Upon graduation, Forrest attended Pittsburgh Theological Seminary where he earned his Master of Divinity degree in 1963. He became an ordained Presbyterian minister on November 10, 1963.

Forrest was proud of many organizations to which he belonged during his life. He was brought up in Madison Square Presbyterian Church and eventually became the oldest attending member there. As an undergraduate at Trinity, he was a member of the University Choir, APO, and TUPS (Trinity University Players). In seminary, he belonged to the Preaching Association and the Seminary Choir. Forrest especially appreciated having been a Boy Scout who attained the Eagle rank and he acquired several other Scouting Awards. After working on the staff of Indian Creek Scout Camp for three summers, Forrest was especially happy to find himself in a unique group of ten of his Scout Camp Staff alumni who have gathered for over fifty years for annual reunions. Forrest was a Rotarian for three years when he lived in Montana, and in 1998 he became a Certified Professional Tour Guide and maintained his membership in the local San Antonio Professional Tour Guide Association.

Forrest is survived by his first wife Nance Jane Lindsley Fitzhugh, and their children, James Jonathan (wife Jennifer) and Kerri Colleen. He is also survived by his wife Natasha Ostanina Fitzhugh, and their son Ilya Liam. Forrest has five grandchildren: Seth and Emma Fitzhugh, Keegan, Jack and Charlie McQuin.

During his career as a minister, Forrest served churches in Houston, Menard, Gonzales, Pilgrim, and he was pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Deer Lodge, Montana from 1969-73. He acquired ten quarters of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) in San Antonio State Hospital, Folsom State Prison, Austin State Hospital, St. Luke's and Texas Children's Hospitals, and Baptist Memorial Hospital. Forrest was a Fellow of the Academy of Parish Clergy and served as the Book Review Editor of APC's quarterly journal for 32 years. Forrest was the founding pastor of the Canyon Lake Presbyterian Church.

In addition to his career as a minister, Forrest went on to earn both his Master's and his Doctorate degrees in psychology and he became a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). He maintained a small private practice, but also, at various times, worked as a therapist in treatment centers, and out-patient clinics. He was a staff therapist at the Villa de Tejas treatment center for alcoholism and drug abuse for four years.
He is to be buried in Mission Burial Park South, next to his parents and his paternal grandparents. Memorial gifts may be made to the Memorial Fund of Madison Square Presbyterian Church, or to any favorite charity.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Porter Loring.

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Condolence & Memory Journal

I knew Forrest through Journey into Wholeness conferences and the San Antonio C.G. Jung Center. He was a kind and gentle man and a compassionate friend.

Posted by Martha K. Grant - Boerne, TX   June 19, 2018

I condole with Forrest's family and friends. He always encouraged me to be a better servant of the gospel. He sometimes commented on a book review I presented and seemed to enjoy my perspective. At meetings of APC he was invariably polite and respectful, professional, and courteous to younger pastors of whatever stripe. I shall miss his merry smile. R. E. Langford, Jr. (retired)

Posted by The Rev'd R E LANGFORD JR - Charlestown, MD - Acquaintance   June 14, 2018

Sending prayers for the family and many thanks for serving the Academy of Parish Clergy. Rest in God's peace. Rev. Charley Lopez +

Posted by The Rev. Charley Lopez - Anaheim, CA - Friend   June 13, 2018

I remember Forest well for his many years of ministry in the Academy of Parish Clergy, especially as Book Review editor. He left a positive mark on all of us in the APC. We will miss him. My prayers are with the family.
Bill Tuck

Posted by William Tuck - Midlothian, VA - Friend   June 13, 2018

Rest in peace, Forrest. I will always treasure our friendship, and the ability to keep in touch with him through the years. "Well done, good and faithful servant." My heartfelt prayers to Natasha and his entire family.

Rev. Kip Harris
Carlisle, Iowa
Successor to Forrest at First Presbyterian Church, Deer Lodge, Montana (1988-1993)

Posted by Kip Harris - Carlisle, IA - Friend   June 13, 2018

Forrest was a beloved colleague in the Academy of Parish Clergy. We have missed his distinctive voice and contributions in recent years, but will cherish his memory. Rest In Peace, Forrest, and Rise in Glory.

Posted by Suzanne Schafer-Coates - Hightstown, NJ - Friend   June 13, 2018

Forrest was a long time member of the Academy of Parish Clergy, serving in many capacities, including as a member of the College of Fellows. On behalf of the APC, I want to share my condolences and prayers.

Rev. Bob Cornwall, FAPC

Posted by Robert Cornwall - Troy, MI - Coworker   June 13, 2018

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