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Obituary for Mr. Fredrick "Fred" William Darmstetter

June 18, 1926 - May 22, 2018
San Antonio, Texas | Age 91


Fredrick "Fred" William Darmstetter, age 91, passed away on May 22, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas. Born on June 18, 1926 to Walter and Anna Darmstetter in Longford, Kansas he was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Garnet Darmstetter; and son, Doug. Fred is survived by his sons, David Darmstetter (Southlake, TX) and Erik Darmstetter (San Antonio); siblings Mary Johnson, Jene Darmstetter (Wichita, KS), and June Rosenhagen (League City, TX); grandchildren Rachael Carter (Hominy, OK), Kirsten Howell (Barnsdall, OK), Devyn Darmstetter and Dylan Darmstetter (San Antonio); great grandchildren Amanda Hall (Sand Springs, OK) and Karl Swanson (Tulsa, OK); and great-great grandson Luke Hall (Sand Springs, OK). Fueled by a boyhood interest in aviation, he attended what became Wichita State University in Wichita, KS studying aeronautical engineering with a desire to become an aviator or aircraft designer. After three years of college, he was recruited as a draftsman with an aeronautical company in Wichita, later joining the predecessor of Marathon Oil Company (The Ohio Oil Company) as a draftsman in Wichita, embarking on an oil and gas career progressing from exploration scout, to landman, and then to Region Land Manager, and taking him and his growing family to Oklahoma City, back to Wichita, Tulsa, OK, and on to Shreveport, LA with Marathon Oil. While Marathon in Shreveport in 1974, Tesoro Petroleum of San Antonio, TX recruited him to spearhead property and corporate acquisitions. He would often later say that being recruited by Tesoro Petroleum in 1974 was like being recruited by the Dallas Cowboys. Retiring from Tesoro at the end of 1986, he continued with oil and gas projects and consulting. He was very active in his church, Coker United Methodist, especially upon retirement, and tried to keep up with his many friends, and maintained his interest in aviation by keeping abreast of the happenings of his boyhood neighbor and friend, famed aviator Clay Lacy. His love of family continued through his book of life, with his role as a very active grandfather, whenever he could be with his grandchildren. As with his own children, he would play with cars and trucks in the dirt with the boys, or be a willing participant in Devyn's tea parties, igniting their own imaginations and fueling their future memories, stoked by his famous chocolate malts. Visitation will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at Coker United Methodist Church in San Antonio, TX.


Rev. Adam Knight will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Coker United Methodist Church.

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