Douglas J. Howard, age 79, went to be with the Lord February 21, 2012 ending his valiant battle with lung cancer. Doug is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Eloise Howard; son Alan Howard and wife Karen; daughter Allyson Phillips and husband Bob; son Andrew Howard and Glenda. He was also blessed with 7 grandsons, Brad, Ross, Douglas, Austin, Carter, Zachary and Glenn. Doug was born on August 7, 1932 in San Diego, California to James and Kathryn Howard. He lived in Manila, Philippines before moving to Killeen, TX at 8 years of age. Doug attended the University of Texas at Austin, earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Geology in 1954. He served his country in the United States Army for 2 years before starting his career in the oil and gas business. He was a staff geologist for a small oil company in Houston for 2 years before becoming a lifelong independent oil and gas operator. Doug was responsible for several oil and gas discoveries along the Texas Gulf Coast. He was a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geology, Houston Geological Society and the Gulf Coast Geological Library. Doug was a devoted family man who enjoyed real estate ventures, traveling, golf, watching UT football, grandsons' sporting events, and family gatherings. Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00pm on Saturday, February 25, 2012 at Champion Forest Baptist Church, 15555 Stuebner Airline Road, Houston, TX 77069. Doug's family wishes to thank the incredible people at MD Anderson especially Steven Haydon, Dr. Waun Ki Hong and Mary Lind. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests in memory of Douglas J. Howard, donations may be made to MD Anderson or the
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Published in Houston Chronicle on February 24, 2012