Local Obituaries

Fort Worth oilman, philanthropist F. Howard Walsh Jr. dies

F. Howard Walsh Jr. in December 2006.
F. Howard Walsh Jr. in December 2006. Star-Telegram archives

F. Howard Walsh Jr., a Fort Worth oilman, philanthropist and a member of the family developing the Walsh Ranch just west of Fort Worth, died Saturday at his Fort Worth home, a family friend and business associate confirmed. He was 75.

Malcolm Louden, president of Walsh Holdings and Mr. Walsh’s executor, said Mr. Walsh died of heart attack. He declined to comment further.

“His written request to his family, friends and executor was that his privacy be respected,” Louden said in an email to the Star-Telegram. “That is the way it will be.”

Members of Mr. Walsh’s family did not return phone calls Monday. A woman answering the phone at Mr. Walsh’s son’s office at Walsh Oil said he was not available and that there would be no comment. The funeral home also declined to release any information.

Mr. Walsh was one of five children of the late F. Howard Walsh and the late Mary D Fleming Walsh, both major Fort Worth philanthropists. A fine arts center and an athletic complex at TCU bear the elder Walsh’s name.

Mr. Walsh was a 1963 TCU graduate and had served as a TCU trustee since 1983, the university said.

“He was one of TCU’s most generous benefactors providing extraordinary support for scholarships, academic programs, faculty, athletics and numerous facilities projects over many decades. Mr. Walsh and his family helped change the face of TCU and significantly enhanced its reputation,” the university said in a statement.

In 2011, Mr. Walsh and his wife, Renee, were honored by the Texas Ballet Theater.

He also donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Star-Telegram’s Goodfellow Fund, which provides clothes and shoes to Tarrant County children at Christmas.

The 7,200-acre Walsh Ranch straddles Interstates 20 and 30 just west of Fort Worth, where the two highways converge. For decades, it has been the headquarters of the F. Howard Walsh family ranching operations and one of the premier Charolais breeding operations in the country.

Just last week, the City Council approved the final residential zoning for 5,331 acres of the ranch. At buildout, the taxable value of the Walsh Ranch is expected to exceed $6 billion.

Staff writer Steve Kaskovich contributed to this report.