Raymond Plank Passes

Raymond Plank, founder and chairman emeritus of the Ucross Foundation, died earlier this week.

His death was reported on the Ucross Foundation's Facebook page. According to news reports from Apache Corp., Plank died Thursday night at his home near Sheridan. He was 96.

Plank started Apache in 1954 from initial seed capital of $250,000 and grew it to a successful Houston-based independent oil and gas producer. Born in 1922, he retired as chairman of Apache in 2009.

He authored a memoir in 2012 titled “A Small Difference,” in which he outlined many of his adventures as a Texas wildcatter.

He was reported to be passionate about the Ucross Foundation, which he founded in 1981 to provide work space and living accommodations for artists, writers and composers.

Plank was a veteran of World War II, serving as a bomber pilot in the Pacific. After the war, he graduated from Yale.

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