In Memoriam

Douglass Lee Simmons (Texas Certificate #105407 Life Member) passed away on October 18, 2021, at 92 years of age. Douglass earned a BBA and MBA from Texas A&M University and became a CPA. In 1951 he was called to active duty in the U.S. Army where he served in Germany and attained the rank of Captain. He retired from Tenneco as Director of Corporate Systems and Computer Services in 1985 after 30 years of service.

A memorial service celebrating Douglass' life will be held at St. Philip Presbyterian Church, 4807 San Felipe, Houston, Texas 77056, on November 4, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. For those who cannot attend in person, the service will be live-streamed on www.saintphilip.net. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Douglass' memory to St. Philip Presbyterian Church Kids Against Hunger Program.

Read Douglass' full obituary here


Myron Bergson Marks passed away on Friday, October 15, 2021, at 100 years of age. Myron attended the University of Texas at Austin, and he received a Bachelor of Business Administration in June of 1941. Myron volunteered to join the Navy and served on active duty in a number of different positions until the summer of 1946. When released from active duty, Myron returned to the University of Texas, completed the last year of Law School, received a Degree of Bachelor of Laws, and passed the State Bar exam in 1947. He enrolled for another year, excelled in all the accounting courses, and passed the State Certified Public Accounting exam.

After working for a CPA, Myron started in 1950 to build his own firm. In 1951, he formed an accounting partnership, Kobb, Marks & Company, with Sol Kobb. In 1967, with the advent of computers, they merged with another local firm, and formed Bahme Lee Kobb & Marks, with Bernard Lee and Jay Bahme. In 1969, as Houston and their firm grew, they merged with a National CPA Firm, Seidman & Seidman, that had opened offices here. In 1975, Myron was appointed national director of practice development. After merging with a British, a Dutch, and a German firm to become an international firm, Seidman became BDO Seidman, presently BDO USA LLP. In 1986, according to the partnership agreement, the year in which he attained the age of 65, Myron had to retire, after a tenure of 37 years. Myron loved attending seminars to keep his Law and CPA licenses current. 

Read Myron's full obituary here


Clinton Frank Bateman (Texas Certificate 005892, issued July 1962) passed away on June 25, 2021. Clint was a graduate of Baylor University and a member of TXCPA and TXCPA Houston for 59 years. Clint proudly served as the 1985-1986 President of the Houston CPA Society.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Thursday, July 1, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. at Tallowood Baptist Church, 555 Tallowood Dr., Houston, Texas. Memorial gifts may be directed to Tallowood Baptist Church.

Read Clint's full obituary here


Roy Edgar Box, Jr., Texas Certificate 005899 issued July 1962, passed away on June 8, 2021. Roy was a graduate of the University of Texas and has been a life member of TXCPA and TXCPA Houston for 58 years.

Memorial Service: Monday, June 28, 2021, at 1:30 p.m. at The Settegast-Kopf Co at Sugar Creek, 15015 Southwest Freeway in Sugar Land TX 77478 with a reception to follow.

Memorial gifts may be made in Roy’s memory to the Junior League of Houston 1811 Briar Oaks Ln, Houston TX 77027 or the charity of your choice.


Charles Edward McDonald, Jr., Texas Certificate 020081 issued January 1979, passed away on June 13, 2021. Charles was a University of Houston graduate and has been a member of TXCPA and TXCPA Houston for 41 years.

Memorial gifts may be directed to the Cushing Support & Research Foundation, 60 Robbins Rd #12, Plymouth, MA 02360 USA. Website: www.csrf.net


Walter A. Saunders, Jr, Texas Certificate 007120 issued August 1965, passed away on April 25, 2021. Walter was a University of Houston graduate and has been a member of TXCPA and TXCPA Houston for 55 years.

Memorial gifts may be directed to the St. Paul’s Methodist Foundation, 501 S. Main St, Houston, TX 77004, to the University of Texas Foundation, 9011 Mountain Ridge Dr, Suite 150, Austin, TX 78759, or to the Houston Hospice, 1905 Holcombe Blvd, Houston, TX 77030. View Walter Sanders' obituary here.


Randolph “Randy” Peyton Burch, Sr. passed away May 28, 2021, at the age of 88. Randy founded his CPA firm Burch & Co. in 1965. An early adopter of technology for the accounting profession, he built a national reputation with his firm Burch Consultants. Randy volunteered with Houston Chapter committees including Members in Industry, PAC Steering, and Charity Event Steering, and served in developing the Members of an Accounting Practice “MAP” curriculum.

Texas CPA License #006645, issued August 4, 1964
Texas Society of CPAs and Houston Chapter member for 57 years