Harry Filmore “Pete” Schram passed away peacefully on April 10, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas. He was born October 27, 1930 in Midland, Texas to Gladys Marie Tanner and Harry Filmore Schram, Sr. and subsequently raised in Temple City, California. While growing up in the shadow of the Signal Hill Oil Field, he discovered his passion for geology and the outdoors. He was an Eagle Scout and breeder of champion show beagles, winning best of breed on numerous occasions. When not raising dogs, he was raising hell and attending Pasadena Junior College. He entered active service in the US Marine Corps and served for three years during the Korean Conflict. Once honorably discharged, Pete enrolled in the University of New Mexico where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in geology. After graduation, Pete began practicing his craft in New Mexico and West Texas and was responsible for the discovery of a number of notable oil and gas fields. He traveled across the country in search of new discoveries in locals such as Oklahoma, Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, West Virginia, Ohio, Arkansas, California, and Louisiana in addition to his favorite haunts in the Permian Basin. During a career spanning 60 years, he lived in Roswell, New Mexico, Midland, Texas, Parkersburg, West Virginia, Houston, Texas, Corpus Christi, Texas and San Antonio, Texas. In the 1960’s, he was elected to the House of Representatives in New Mexico and served with individuals like George Koran, Joe Skeen, and Pete Dominici.
While he always considered himself an exploration geologist, his first love was prospecting and the “search”. He would often comment that he never found the Lost Dutchman’s treasure but had a hell of time looking and wouldn’t have traded his prospecting exploits for all the lost gold mines in the southwest. When not working, he could be found traveling to gold camps and ghost towns like Oro Grande, White Oaks, Jicarilla, or Mogollon with his partner in crime and wife, or sitting in his easy chair reading Lost Treasure and deciding on their next adventure. He was a man of few words and would often express his displeasure with his middle finger.
He is survived by his wife Judy Keehan Schram of San Antonio, his son Peter and wife Roxanne of Boerne, his daughter Christina Ross and husband Daren of Austin, his stepson David Smith and wife Cathy, his stepson Daniel Smith and wife Stephanie, thirteen grandchildren, and numerous other relatives and friends. He will be interred back in his beloved Roswell under the crystal blue skies of New Mexico, with a spectacular view of Capitan Mountain.
His counsel, knowledge and friendship will be severely missed as will his humor and compassion. While it is easy to think of him as “gone”, it is more realistic to imagine that he is out in the mountains and foothills of the Gila Wilderness or Black Range looking for “color” in the rock and that next “strike”. Adios old friend. We will meet again on the trail.