Texas Oil Giant Curtis Mewbourne Dies at 86

Curtis Mewbourne founded his company, Mewbourne Oil, in 1965 and grew it over the years into one of the largest closely held oil companies in the U.S. focused in the Permian and Anadarko basins.

Hart Energy Staff
Texas Oil Giant Curtis Mewbourne Dies at 86

Texas oil legend and founder of Mewbourne Oil Co., Curtis Mewbourne, died on June 23 at age 86. (Source: Hart Energy)

Curtis Mewbourne, Texas oil legend and founder of Mewbourne Oil Co., died on June 23 at age 86.

Mewbourne founded his company in 1965 and grew it over the years into one of the largest closely held oil companies in the U.S. focused in the Permian and Anadarko basins. Headquartered in Tyler, Texas, Mewbourne Oil operates over 2,100 wells in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico with a staff of about 400 people, according to its website.

In recognition of his service and achievements, Mewbourne was recognized with the Distinguished Service award by the Texas Oil and Gas Association (TXOGA), the Top Hand award by the Permian Basin Petroleum Association, and the Trailblazer award by the University of Oklahoma, where he was also awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters in 2002.

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