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Forrest Venable Fitzhugh

Obituary for Forrest Venable Fitzhugh

December 4, 1938 - June 9, 2018
San Antonio, Texas | Age 79


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.

JUNE 14, 2018
12:00 NOON

2:00 P.M.

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