Art Ekholm, Jr., 73, passed away on Saturday, July 20, 2013, in Mansfield. Services: 2 p.m. Wednesday in the J.E. Keever Mortuary Chapel of Ennis. Memorials: The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made in Art's name to the
. Art was born on Feb. 19, 1940 to Arthur Lee Roy and Neva (Stone) Ekholm, Sr. in Fort Worth. He grew up in Ennis and graduated from Ennis High School. Art went on to receive his Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Texas
of Austin in 1962, his Master's degree in Economics from Texas Christian University in 1968, and his Doctorate degree in Economics from Oklahoma State University in 1975. On Aug. 11, 1962 he married Jean Slovak and they made their home in Austin, then Fort Worth, Stillwater, Oklahoma in 1972, then Flagstaff, Ariz. until they moved to Mansfield, in 1975. He served his country proudly in the National Guard for six years. Art was the Manager, Marketing Services at TU Electric until his retirement in July of 2007 after thirty-three years of service. He was responsible for market research, economic analysis, the preparation of short and long-range energy, peak demand and revenue forecasts, demand-side management programs, and other regulatory and customer service support activities. He was employed with TU Electric since January of 1979, as well as during a previous period from 1964 to 1969. Mr. Ekholm has testified in twelve dockets at the Public Utility Commission of Texas, primarily on the subject of energy forecasts. He was a National Science Foundation Fellow and was elected to membership in two honorary societies, Omicron Delta Epsilon and Phi Kappa Phi. Mr. Ekholm has taught at the University of Texas at Arlington, Oklahoma State University, and Northern Arizona University. He was Director of Business and Economic Research at Northern Arizona University. He was also employed as an economist of the Federal Reserve Bank in Dallas. He was a member of the past chair of the Economics Committee of the Edison Electric Institute and of the North American Electric Reliability Council Load Forecasting Working Group. He was also a member of the National Association of Business Economists; the International Association of Energy Economists; the American Economic Association; and various regional economic associations. He was a member of the Methodist Church. He enjoyed outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, and photography. He liked all types of music, with Bob Dylan being his favorite artist, he was also an avid mystery and western novel reader. He is preceded in death by his parents, Leroy and Neva Ekholm. Survivors: Wife, Jean Ekholm; daughters: Karen Larson and Teri Lankford; grandchildren: Blake, Brittnee and Chase Lankford and sister, Betty Ekholm.