C.M. Van Zandt, III, passed away September 7, 2011 in College Station, Texas, after a valiant struggle against cancer. Van was born Jan. 19, 1945 in Chickasha, Oklahoma, the beloved son of C.M., Jr. and Jane Miller Van Zandt. After moving all over the Midwest and South as a youngster, he moved to Metairie, Louisiana when he was 9 years old. He graduated from East Jefferson High School. Van was a member of Acacia Fraternity, graduated from Louisiana State University in 1969 and went to work for Getty Oil as a Landman. Much of his career was spent with Louisiana Land & Exploration as an international negotiator, traveling all over the world, but primarily in South America and Southeast Asia. He and his wife, Linda Hudgins Van Zandt, lived in Metairie, LA, Los Angeles, CA, and Houston, TX, before spending more than 18 years in Mandeville, LA, where they served their church and community. Van and Linda moved to College Station in 2010 to be nearer their two children and five grandchildren. Van is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Linda Hudgins Van Zandt, his daughter, Cristi Faulkner, of The Woodlands, TX, his son C.M. Van Zandt, IV and his wife Shannon Smith Van Zandt, of College Station, TX, his sister Linda and her husband Lionel N. Bonck of Lake Mary, FL. Van will be missed by his beloved grandchildren: Faith, Bethany, and Andrew Faulkner, and Matthew and Lily Van Zandt. A memorial service celebrating the life of C.M. Van Zandt, III, will be held Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 4:00 PM at Christ Church United Methodist, 6363 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77381. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to Family Promise of Montgomery County, PO Box 692, Conroe, TX 77305; Hospice Brazos Valley, 502 West 26th Street, Bryan, TX 77803; or Brazos Valley Fellowship of Christian Athletes, PO Box 10802, College Station, TX 77842.
As a geologist I worked with Van at LL&E for several years. His skills as a land man and negotiator were awesome. He also had a wonderful sense of humor. One time when we were drilling a well in East Texas (one of his favorite places) he was on location and told me he was having some trouble with the title and asked if it was too late to skid the rig. I was shocked because we were below 10,000 feet! Then I looked back at him and saw that famous grin.
Van’s love of God and his family was always clear.
I will miss him greatly, but he will live on in my memories of this wonderful man.
Dear Linda-we are so sorry to learn of Van’s death and send to you and your family our deepest regrets.One of my fondest rembrances was a lengthy round the world trip Van and I took in 1982 with a stop in The Netherlands,his ancestral home,where he had never been.It was the highlight of the trip for him.He was great to work with and we had the highest regard for his knowledge and contribution to our efforts in the international arena.You and your family are in our prayers and we know that Our Lors will welcome him into His kingdom to enjoy everlasting peace and joj.With our affection.Ed and Mary
Linda and all children and grandchildren of Van. He was a special person to us and we have missed you so much since you moved. Remembering the St Timothy experience and love you gave to all of us. Also, the investment club – didn’t make much money, but really enjoyed the friendship. Anne & Psul
Van was a joy to know, as all of his associates at LL&E would agree. It was always a pleasure to witness his sense of humor and contagious grin. He was a respected professional and a delight to be in his company. Van will indeed be missed. My deepest sympathy is extended to the entire family on your great personal loss.
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