Obituary of Richard Lacy Bourland
Dick Bourland passed away on Sunday, March 10, 2019 surrounded by his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
Visitation: A visitation and celebration of his life will be held Wednesday, March 13, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Martin Thompson & Son Funeral Home, 6009 Wedgwood Dr., Fort Worth, TX 76133.
Service: On Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. a church service will be held at All Saints Episcopal Church, 5001 Crestline Rd, Fort Worth, TX 76107, followed by his burial service at 12:00 p.m. at Greenwood Cemetery.
Dick was born May 5, 1933 in Fort Worth, TX. His father passed away during WWII, and his family struggled for many years. He initially headed down the wrong path, until he met Father Montgomery and became a charter member of All Saint’s Episcopal Church. The church saved Dick’s life and helped guide him to become the successful man he was. Dick remained a member of All Saints for 71 years until his death. He served his church throughout his life and is directly responsible for All Saints School becoming what it is today.
Dick was an American Airlines Captain for 34 years. Initially hired by TWA at the young age of 23, he helped usher in the Jet age of aviation. Always interested in being a successful business person, Dick was a serial entrepreneur who flew airplanes for a living and created successful businesses in his spare time. He initially owned an apartment complex. He built El Lago Mobile Home Park on Lake Arlington in the 70’s and he and his wife, Jane, ran it until he sold it almost 30 years later. While running El Lago, he built Bourland Field near Cresson where he owned and ran an international flight school. In 2000, he and Jane built Bourland Field Estates, a luxury fly-in community.
Dick is preceded in death by his loving wife of 54 years, Barbara Jane Bourland.
Survivors: Dick is survived by his children, and their spouses: Blake & Dorothea Bourland of Fort Worth, TX, and Shelly & Jeff Steig of Parker, Colorado; along with five grandchildren and their spouses: Ashley & James Davis of O’Fallon, MO, Wesley and Emilia Bourland of Dallas, TX, Kristin and Patrick Rice of Belvoir, VA, Jesse & Lori Steig of Longmont, CO, and Amber & Jordan Wessling of Pasadena, CA; and 13 great-grandchildren, Elyse, Jace, Gavin, & Olivia Davis; William & Jacob Bourland; Danni, Reed, & Aspen Steig; Ace & Maverick Rice; and Malcom & Theodore Wessling.