Frank Calvert Oltorf (Posh) died June 14, 2004, at his home in Marlin. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 16, at Calvary Cemetery in Marlin. Rev. Hollingsworth Mitchell of First Presbyterian Church, Marlin, will officiate.
Mr. Oltorf, born Jan. 20, 1923, in Marlin, was the son of Frank Oltorf and Madeline Bartlett Oltorf. He graduated from Marlin High School in 1940 and attended Rice Institute in Houston.
Mr. Oltorf was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Marlin.
Oltorf enlisted in the United States Army in World War II, served in India, and was discharged as a first lieutenant. While in India, Mr. Oltorf announced for the Texas Legislature in which body he served as one of its youngest members for two terms representing Falls County. During this time he also attended law school at the University of Texas in Austin.
Mr. Oltorf left the legislature to manage State Senator Ben Ramsey’s successful campaign for Lt. Governor of Texas and later organized his congressional district for Lyndon B. Johnson’s campaign for the U.S. Senate. At the urging of Johnson and Senator Tom Connally, Mr. Oltorf became regional coordinator for the Young Democrat of America. Mr. Oltorf then traveled throughout the country on behalf of President Truman’s 1948 campaign for re-election. Mr. Oltorf later served on the State Democratic Executive Committee and was appointed a member of the Advisory Hospital Council by his friend Gov. John B. Connally.
Mr. Oltorf was an executive with Brown and Root for several years and managed their Washington, D.C. office. He left that organization when he purchased stock in the Burkhead Mfg. Co. of Houston and became its president. After selling his interest in the Burkhead Company, he returned to Marlin in the 1960s where he has since been engaged in ranching.
In 1967, Mr. Oltorf wrote The Marlin Compound, which was published by the University of Texas Press and favorably reviewed by many newspapers and periodicals.
Mr. Oltorf is survived by his wife, Rowene; three children, Madeline Jackson of Marlin, Rowene Giarzzo of Powell, WY, and Kathy Weems of Pacific Palisades, CA; four grandchildren, Tyler Jackson, Maria Giarzzo, Guinluca Giarzzo and Elyse Hasenbert. A daughter, Debbie Weems, preceded Mr. Oltorf in death in 1978.
Pallbearers will be Tommy Jackson, Tom Sehon, Dr. Bart Norton, Bill Norton, Andy Norton, Jimmy Welch, Johnny Rogers, and Ronnie Neumann.
Honorary pallbearers are George Wilson, Jack Welch, Robert Stem, Gov. Bill Hobby, Paul Hobby, Wesley Anderson, Joe Brown, Hammond Norton, Bill Jackson, Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, James King, Bill Dunkum, Dr. David Burton, Ed Moody, Pat Beard, Joe Holloway and Bob Ellett.
The family has suggested that memorials be sent to either the First Presbyterian Church, 411 Oaks, Marlin, TX 76661, or the Marlin Public Library, 301 Winter Street, Marlin, TX 76661.