CLEARMONT — Representatives from the Ucross Foundation announced Friday the passing of the organization’s founder, Raymond N. Plank.
Ucross President Sharon Dynak said Plank, 96, died Thursday at his beloved home in Ucross.
Plank was a World War II veteran, business leader, philanthropist and environmental steward. He founded Apache Corporation and managed it for 55 years as it became a global energy enterprise. He was active in state, national and international politics during his career, was a leader in promoting civil rights and founded several successful nonprofit organizations promoting the arts, education and conservation.
“Raymond was a force of nature,” Dynak said. “He would have loved the beautiful snowfall in Ucross last night. His long-range vision and generosity have left an extraordinary legacy here at Ucross — a creative sanctuary for artists and writers on an historic 20,000-acre cattle ranch on the High Plains.
“Raymond loved Wyoming and his work here included a dedication to land stewardship and historic preservation,” Dynak continued. “We are honored to continue the worthy mission that he originated over 35 years ago. He transformed the lives of thousands of artists whose work has influenced the culture of the world. He made an indelible mark on all who knew him, and we will miss him!”
Memorial services will be held in Houston, Texas.