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 > Little League Online > Media > Little League News Archive > 2013 > January-April > Little League International Mourns the Passing of Former Texas District 29 Administrator Olan McBroom

Little League International Mourns the Passing of Former Texas District 29 Administrator Olan McBroom

Little League International Mourns the Passing of Former Texas District 29 Administrator Olan McBroom

Olan McBroom
Olan McBroom

Little League International mourns the passing of former Texas District 29 Administrator. He was 92.

Born on Feb. 7, 1921, in Rusk County, Texas, Mr. McBroom of Refugio, Texas, was a Little League volunteer for more than 50 years. He managed local Little League teams for 19 seasons prior to his election as Little League’s Texas District 29 Administrator. He served as District Administrator for 36 years, retiring in 2011.

Mr. McBroom attended Rusk Texas School System, graduating in 1940. Following graduation, he joined the United States Army serving with the 36th Infantry Division of Texas (T-Patch) in Africa and Italy during World War II. Mr. McBroom was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.

On Nov. 3, 1944, in Jacksonville, Texas, after completing his military service, he married Devena Scates. The couple moved to Refugio in 1956, where Mr. McBroom worked for Humble Oil (Exxon-Mobil) for more than 35 years. He also served on the Refugio City Council, both as Councilman and Mayor.

Mr. McBroom is survived by his wife of 69 years, Devena: two sons, Ronald McBroom and Gary McBroom; four grandchildren, Ronald McBroom, Melinda Henkhaus, Casey McBroom and Stacy Broome; seven great-grandchildren; three brothers, C.J. McBroom, Thomas McBroom and Ruben McBroom; and three sisters, Savannah Witt, Ruth Conway, and Josephine Watkins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Curby and Ida; and three sisters, Dorothy McBroom, Sue Gage and Murrell Reynolds.