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Skidmore, Jr., Frederick A.

January 14, 1933 –
 February 7, 2015


Born on January 14, 1933 to Annie and Fred Skidmore in Dallas, Texas and peacefully went home to His Savior Jesus Christ on February 7, 2015. Before graduating from Sunset High School in Dallas, Fred was the play calling quarterback for the 1950 State City Conference Champions for the Sunset Bisons. He played football at the University of Texas, graduating in 1956 with a BS in Geology. After working for Atlantic Refining Company in Guatemala, Fred returned to the University of Texas, earning a masters degree in Petroleum Engineering while coaching the Longhorn’s freshman football team. Fred worked for Texaco in West Texas, Texas Pacific Oil Company, and other independent companies before forming his own consulting company, CoSap. The consulting business took him to work in the Austin chalk of South Texas, and in the degasification of coal mines in methane gas production in Oklahoma, Penn-sylvania, Alabama, and West Virginia, as well as the Czech Republic and Australia. While Fred enjoyed supporting his family through work and sharing stories of his travels, he also enjoyed coaching his son’s elementary school’s football team and cheering for his children’s and grandchildren’s activities. Fred was a charter member of Park Cities Presbyterian Church, faithfully serving as a deacon, lead usher and hosting a small group Bible Study with friends. If Fred wasn’t at the church or consulting, he could be found on the tennis courts at Royal Oaks Country Club, and in later years the local University Park tennis courts, sharing his love of the game with his wife, friends, daughter and grandchildren. Fred was also talented in the detailed painting of soldiers, Santa Clauses and other intricate pieces. In his last year of his life, he walked the halls of Monticello West, with his Bible, sharing the love of Jesus. He was married on Valentine’s Day to Peggy Weddington Skid-more for 42 years. He has four children: Fred Skidmore, III; Todd Skidmore, wife Robin and children John Todd and Caleb; daughter Eugenia Skidmore Fersing, husband David and children Allie, Brittany and Maggie; step-son Tommy Reynolds, wife Michele and children Austin and Courtney. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at Park Cities Presbyterian Church (PCPC) on Monday, February 16th at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make your donations to PCPC 4124 Oak Lawn Dallas, TX 75219, the

– Greater Dallas Chapter 4144 North Central Expressway, Suite 750 Dallas, TX 75204, or a

Memorial service will be held at Park Cities Presbyterian Church, 4124 Oak Lawn Avenue, Dallas, TX 75219, on Monday, February 16th at 3 pm.  

Arrangements are under the direction of:
ARIA Cremation Service & Funeral Home
10116 E. NW Highway
Dallas, Texas 75238

    Todd Skidmore
    12 Feb 2015

    i love you dad. See you soon.

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