Mark Alan Oldham

Published 9:47 am Monday, February 25, 2019


Mark Alan Oldham, 70, of Orange, Texas, passed away on February 21, 2019, in Houston, Texas.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, March 1, 2019, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be Dr. Gary McCormick and Mr. Pleas Evans. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, February 28, 2019 at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.

Born in Logansport, Indiana, on January 11, 1949, he was the son of Robert E. Oldham and Avis (Smith) Oldham. Mark loved all sports, especially baseball, playing for Lamar Tech from 1968 to 1971 and was honored on the 1970’s All-Decade team for his batting accomplishments. He enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren play their sports and loved hanging out with his old teammates at Lamar baseball games. Mark enjoyed taking his family to several Astros games each season but was a Cubs fan at heart. One of his most recent cherished moments was when he saw the Cubs play at Wrigley Field in 2016 with his son and cousin, where that year they went on to end their long drought and win their first World Series since 1908.

Mark enjoyed boating, water skiing (specifically skillful at barefooting), grilling steaks, and listening to baseball games on AM radio. He was an avid KOGT listener, frequent sports trivia winner, and always looked forward to his annual mushroom hunting trips in Logansport, Indiana, where he would spend time with his dad, brother and other family. Music was a huge part and influence over Mark’s life and will be carried on through his children, family and friends forever.

He was a man of God and a longtime and faithful member of First Christian Church from the time he moved to Orange as a child. Mark worked at DuPont as a maintenance mechanic for 33 years, retiring at 55 years old. He was a generous and hardworking family man, a wonderful husband, dad, grandfather, friend, and so much more to so many. Mark will be dearly missed by all those who came to know and love him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Avis Oldham; and sister, Christy Blanchard.

He is survived by the mother of his children, Diana Toohey Trimble; children, Todd Oldham and wife Dena of Orange, Keri Oldham of Austin, and Billy Oldham of Orange; grandchildren, Cade Oldham, Greenlea Oldham, Paxton Oldham, and Porter Oldham; and brother, Robert D. Oldham and wife Kay of New Braunfels.