Arlen L. Edgar

Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home

Arlen L. Edgar

Midland - Arlen L Egar.(87) of Midland, Texas passed away on Monday, June 14, 2021. A visitation will be from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Friday, June 18 at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

Arlen was born on March 30, 1934 in Stephenville, Texas to Zeddie and Ruby Edgar. Arlen attended Tarleton State University from 1952-1953, where he also served in the Army ROTC. He then attended the University of Texas at Austin and graduated with a degree in Petroleum Engineering in 1956.

He began his career with Pan American Petroleum in Odessa, then moved to Midland to serve as junior and intermediate engineer. After three years in Midland, Pan American asked Arlen to move to Fort Worth. Leibrock, Landreth, Campbell and Callaway (LLC&C) consulting engineering firm offered him a job as well. He accepted the job and remained there six years, becoming manager of the consulting division. At the same time, he served as secretary and a director of Canada-based Kanata Exploration and southern Louisiana-based Offshore Exploration Company.

In 1967, Edgar joined Robert M. Leibrock's new company, Tipperary Land and Exploration, which was involved in farming, cattle, shrimp fishing, hard minerals – but no oil. He spent time exploring Australia, discovering a major bauxite deposit there. He later served as president of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

After four years with Tipperary, he joined Western States Producing Company as general manager of the San Antonio-based company's Midland office. After spending two years there, he decided to branch off as an independent investor and consultant. Since 1973, he spent his time as an independent oil and gas investor, while also staying involved with professional organizations and community and church activities in Midland.

Edgar was recognized as a distinguished alumnus of Tarleton State University as well as a Distinguished Engineering Graduate of UT Austin's Cockrell School of Engineering. He received many awards from organizations such as the Society of Petroleum Engineers; the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers; the Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers; and the Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists, as well as various other recognitions for his many achievements. Among these were the 2004 Top Hand Award from the Permian Basin Petroleum Association, the 2008 Hearst Energy Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Midland Reporter-Telegram, the 2012 SPE Permian Basin Section Presidential Scholarship in his name, and most recently, a 2019 inductee into the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum Hall of Fame.

He was an active supporter of the Midland Community Theatre, serving in various roles on the Board and participating in the Summer Mummers.

Arlen was a long-standing member of Grace Lutheran Community Church serving in a number of volunteer roles in including President (three terms), Vice President of Congregation, Chairman of Endowments Committee, and a member of the Stewardship Board.

He is survived by his sister Marcia and her husband Jerry Norris of Stephenville, Texas, and two sons and their families: Mark, his wife Patti Rennscheidt Edgar and their daughter Lindsey of Midland; and Brad, his wife Ankie Turcios Edgar, their son Jackson, and their daughters Rosiana and Lillian of Oakland, California.

He was preceded in death by his wife Betty Knudson Edgar, having been married from November 9, 1957 until her passing on December 30, 2010.

Arlen will be laid to rest at Resthaven Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Midland Community Theatre, The Permian Basin Petroleum Museum, or Grace Lutheran Church.

Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland. Online condolences may be made at

Posted online on June 18, 2021