Landmark Bank owner remembered for love of fitness, the arts

Monday, August 27, 2012 | 9:03 p.m. CDT; updated 10:29 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, August 28, 2012

COLUMBIA — Marquis Carl Landrum was an intelligent banker, a health enthusiast and a patron of the arts.

Mr. Landrum, owner of Landmark Bank, died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, at his Columbia home. He was 73.

Mr. Landrum was born on June 6, 1939, in Ardmore, Okla., and grew up in Tishomingo, Okla.  He spent his summers working at his father’s bank.

After his family moved to Hobbs, N.M., Mr. Landrum attended Hobbs High School where he excelled both in and out of the classroom. A star basketball player and valedictorian, Mr. Landrum went on to attend Yale University. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1961 and played collegiate basketball.

Andrew Beverley, Landmark Bank president, described Mr. Landrum as devoted to sports and fitness, even after his collegiate athletics career ended. He participated in numerous marathons, including the Boston Marathon in his 40s, finishing at the top of his age group.

His athleticism and dedication proved useful when he served in the Army from 1962 to 1964 as a First Lieutenant in Munich, Germany.

When Mr. Landrum returned to the country, he attended Harvard Law School and received his Juris Doctorate in 1967. He later worked at law firms in Nevada and New York.

In 1969, the family banking business brought Mr. Landrum to Columbia where he worked at First National Bank and Trust Company — the bank bought by his father in 1964. Mr. Landrum devoted most of his life’s work to the family business and eventually became the third generation majority owner in 1994.

“It goes all the way back to his grandfather in 1909,” Beverley said.

Mr. Landrum was instrumental in the expansion of the family banks across Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas that merged to become Landmark Bank in 2009. There are currently 41 locations in 29 cities.

“One of the things that was so great about Mark was how committed he was to what he called ‘hometown banking,’” Beverley said. “He was a pretty remarkable man.”

Beverley said Mr. Landrum believed it was his responsibility as a hometown banker to be a good corporate citizen. He felt compelled to do good both in the bank and in the community.

One way Mr. Landrum gave back to the community was through his passion for music and art. Local artist Larry Young recalled Mr. Landrum’s reputation as an art enthusiast.

“Mark was quite an art collector and the bank has a lot of artwork that they’ve purchased over the years,” Young said.

In addition to his personal collection and the collection displayed at Landmark Bank, Mr. Landrum also donated and helped finance many pieces in the communities where his banks were located. Young’s 6-foot-tall bronze “Marathoners” sculpture in Flat Branch Park is just one of many examples.

“He was a real supporter of the arts and it is a real loss to the community, no doubt about that,” Young said.

He is survived by his wife, Yulia, and eight children, Veronika, Valeria, David, John and Lara of Columbia, Rebecca of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Michael of Washington, D.C., and Jennifer of Haines, Alaska. He is also survived by his sister, Brenda Bingham of Cedar Grove, N.J., and three grandchildren, Montana and Costi of Buenos Aires, Argentina and Rose of Columbia.

One grandchild died earlier.

A visitation will be held Wednesday, Aug. 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home.

Supervising Editor is Karen Miller.

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