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Jasper (Jack) Warren

MCALLEN, TEXAS - Jasper (Jack) Warren, 90, passed away August 5, 2013 in McAllen, Texas. Born in rural Mississippi, he grew up during the Depression learning the values of hard work. He positively touched countless people throughout his personal and professional life.

He served with the U.S. Army Airborne Engineers during World War II in the South Pacific and received numerous awards and citations, including the Purple Heart. Jack attended Colorado School of Mines and started what would become an extremely successful 60-year career in the energy business. He bought Goldrus Drilling Company in 1971 and built it into one of the largest private energy enterprises in the US, operating throughout Texas and South Louisiana. He pioneered the concept of "turnkey" drilling and had numerous patents for drilling tools and processes.

A personal friend and trusted confidant of President Jimmy Carter, Jack Warren had a significant impact on the nation's energy policy. He worked with Congress and the Executive Branch for the deregulation of petroleum product prices. Jack helped forge compromises among Congress, Consumer groups, the oil industry and environmental activists that led to enactment of key elements of the President's National Energy Plan, Including the creation of the U.S. Dept. Of Energy And the passage of the Energy Security Act.

Jack Warren Is survived by his wife, Maxine Warren, of McAllen, Texas; son, Thomas Warren and wife, Mary, of Dallas, Texas; son, Patrick Warren and wife, Susan, of Tomball, Texas; daughter, Cynthia Warren, of Denton, Texas; daughter, Michelle Connor and husband, Jim, of The Woodlands, Texas; daughter, Leigh Wooldridge and husband, Luke, of McAllen, Texas; stepsons, Marc Cheshire, Hall Cheshire, and Paden Cheshire; 14 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial celebration honoring Jack Warren's life will be held on September 6, 2013 at St. Dominic Village, 2401 Holcombe, Houston, TX, with a Mass at 2:00pm in the Warren Chapel followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Wounded Warrior

Published in the The Advertiser on Sept. 1, 2013
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