Howard McLane Startzman, age 86, passed away peacefully on Palm Sunday, the 24th of March, 2013, in Houston, Texas after a lengthy illness. Howard was born at home on Leland Street in Houston on the 2nd of April, 1926 to Allan Louanne and Marie Dickinson Startzman. Growing up in the Montrose area near Cherryhurst Park, he attended Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, Sidney Lanier Junior High School and Mirabeau B. Lamar High School in Houston. Upon graduating from Lamar, Howard attended The University of Texas
at Austin for one semester before being called up for service by the United States Navy
. After completing training in California, he served in the Pacific Fleet aboard the USS Munda (CVE104) as a Radarman 2nd class, from February 1, 1945 thru the duration of World War II
. Upon discharge from the Navy in 1946, he returned to Austin and resumed his studies at The University of Texas where we was a 2 year letterman in 1948 & 1949 on the tennis team, a member of The T Association, The Texas Cowboys and Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. Howard graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with honors.
Returning to Houston, Howard married Margaret "Peggy" Eby on the 14th September, 1951 and began his professional career with Ernst & Ernst. In January 1957, he received his Texas State Board of Public Accountancy license which he had maintained for over 56 years. Upon leaving Ernst & Ernst, Howard's professional career includes joining the late Glen Wood Bruner in the firm, Bruner & Startzman, where he remained until forming his own company, Howard Startzman & Company, which he operated for over 40 years. In 2001, he joined Briggs & Veselka Co. and remained until 2007.
Due to his hard work, keen business sense and dedication to family and friends, Howard became highly respected in both his personal and professional life. Some of his professional associations include The Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants for over 56 years and The American Institute of CPA's for over 50 years. On a more personal level, he was longtime member of Galveston Country Club, River Oaks Country Club and The Church of St. John the Divine.
Howard was also a very accomplished tennis player, beginning with his father's encouragement in the early years, his love of tennis grew and continued throughout his lifetime. He began playing on the public courts of Houston and while in high school strung racquets and gave tennis lessons under the guidance of River Oaks Country Club tennis professional, Andrew Jitkoff. Over the next 50 years, he won countless city, and state titles in boys' & men's singles and doubles, mixed doubles, husband and wife doubles and father-son doubles. Some of his favorite tennis memories include attaining the number 1 ranking in the state of Texas for father-son doubles and husband-wife doubles; his match against the world ranked number 1 men's' doubles team of John Newcomb and Tony Roche at the River Oaks Tennis Tournament; playing on the United States Osuna Cup team for many years; and all of the countless doubles matches over the decades with his lifelong doubles partner and friend, Jack Blanton. As his competitive playing days ended, he remained an enthusiastic and active part of the Houston tennis scene.
He was predeceased by his parents; wife, Margaret "Peggy" (Eby) Startzman; son, Richard Allan Startzman; brother, Allan Freeman Startzman; and cousins, John Brewster Neibel and Charles Dickinson Neibel.
Howard is survived by his wife, Deborah Nelson; his daughter, Sharron Startzman Burnett; his son, Brian McLane Startzman; sister-in-law, Dee Dee (Nelson) Seeds of Dallas, TX; sister-in-law, Elizabeth (Eby) Nelson of Spicewood, TX; along with numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and a host of long-time friends. Howard was well loved by many and his wisdom, sense of humor and kindness will be missed by all.
A memorial service for Howard will be held at one o'clock in the afternoon on Monday, the 8th of April, in the main sanctuary of The Church of St. John the Divine, 2450 River Oaks Boulevard, Houston, with the Rev. Reagan W. Cocke officiating. A reception will immediately follow the service in the adjacent Sumner's Hall.
A private interment was held on Good Friday, the 29th of March, at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery in Houston. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to The Methodist Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 4384, Houston, TX, 77210-4384, Houston SPCA, 900 Portway, Drive, Houston, TX, 77024; or to the