Prince Veilia, the founder and chairman of Veila Oil and Gas, died Wednesday.
He was 91.
Veilia was born in Texas in 1924 and graduated from the University of Texas in 1936.
Veila served in the U.S. Army from 1946 to 1951, and was a member of the U,S.
Navy from 1947 to 1953.
He also served as the chief engineer of the Panama Canal Company, and as a member the U of N.R.M.A., a regional United Nations organization.
Veille died at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; their three children; and four grandchildren.
Veilla had a lifelong passion for natural resources and was an avid fisherman and bird watcher.
Veil died at his home in Pahrump, Nev., near Las Vegas, and the family asked the public to pray for Veila’s spirit.
He had a strong sense of duty, and he was passionate about protecting and conserving the natural environment.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.