Richard Allan Startzman, age 52, passed away peacefully at home in Houston, Texas on Thursday, January 24, 2013 after a lengthy illness.
Richard was born in Houston, Texas on August 8, 1960 to Howard McLane and Margaret "Peggy" (Eby) Startzman. He attended St. John's School in Houston for many years. Upon graduation from Lamar High School in Houston in1978, he attended The University of Texas at Austin and was a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity.
As a youth, Richard was a natural athlete and enthusiastic competitor, whether in the swimming pool or on the track, on the basketball court or on a fishing boat. He became quite the accomplished football and tennis player. In addition to competitive sports, Richard enjoyed time spent in the Boy Scouts, attempting to master the piano and the family time at "Burr's Bay" on Clear Lake. As an adult, he remained a passionate sports fan, statistician & supporter of the Houston Astros, Rockets, Oilers and Texans..and of course, his treasured Texas Longhorns. Recently, Richard greatly enjoyed his volunteer work with the Houston SPCA , Goodwill Industries of Houston and The Guild Shop of St. John the Divine. He was a longtime member of River Oaks Country Club and The Church of St. John the Divine.
Richard's trials & tribulations during these past years have finally ended, his peace and serenity restored. We shall miss his unparalled fun-loving nature, quick wit and mischievous smile, yet keep close his eternal light shining bright.
Richard is survived by his father, Howard McLane Startzman and his wife, Deborah Nelson; his sister, Sharron Startzman Burnett; and his brother, Brian McLane Startzman. He was preceded by his beloved mother.
A memorial service for Richard will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, February 1, 2013, in the Chapel at The Church of St. John the Divine, 2450 River Oaks Boulevard, Houston, Texas, 77019. Prior to Friday afternoon's service, the family will have gathered for a private interment at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery in Houston.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make memorial gifts may do so to the
Published in Houston Chronicle from Jan. 30 to Jan. 31, 2013