A prominent San Antonio developer who helped build thousands of affordable housing units was found dead of a gunshot wound in his Monte Vista home Saturday.
Police were called to the home of Dan Markson — senior vice president of development for Cleveland-based developer The NRP Group — in the 300 block of W. Summit Avenue around 12:05 p.m. Saturday, a spokesperson said Monday.
The cause of death was a gunshot wound to the chest, the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office said Monday. Homicide investigators, however, are still investigating the circumstances of Markson’s death.
Markson, who had a four-year-old son, was 59.
The local real estate community, elected officials and City Hall insiders mourned Markson Monday. A funeral and service was held Monday morning at Temple Beth-El Memorial Park.
“He was a true renaissance man and a great citizen,” said David Adelman, head of San Antonio development firm Area Real Estate.
Markson co-founded NRP’s Texas office in 2003. Under Markson’s watch, the affordable housing firm built the first residential development at the Brooks master-planned community on the city’s South Side.
Markson also spearheaded the construction of Cevallos Lofts in Southtown, Tobin Lofts at San Antonio College and The Baldwin near the Alamodome.
“Dan’s efforts in San Antonio have changed the face of our city,” state Sen. José Menéndez said in a statement.
NRP and the San Antonio Housing Trust Public Facility Corp., a nonprofit created by the city in 2009, partnered in recent years to build apartment complexes with half their units reserved for residents who make less than the local median wage — including Upton at Longhorn Quarry near Morgan’s Wonderland and a $57 million, 283-unit project on the corner of Broadway and Jones.
“Dan wasn’t just a housing developer, his projects radically changed the notion of what housing can do to a family, a community and a city,” District 10 Councilman Clayton Perry wrote in an Instagram post. “His projects reflected a vision for San Antonio that we can only hope continues.”
In addition to his development work, Markson was active in the local Jewish community. He served on the board of Temple Beth-El San Antonio and was previously a San Antonio Jewish Family Services board member.
The developer was particularly passionate about finding descendants of Sephardic Jews, a sect of Jews originating in Spain and Portugal, who emigrated to Mexico in the 1500s and 1600s, Adelman said.
“He was deeply connected to his Jewish heritage,” Adelman said. “It meant the world to him.”
Markson also took part in local education initiatives, serving on the Southwest School of Art’s board and was involved with the César E. Chávez Legacy and Educational Foundation.
“We always wanted to work on a project together,” Adelman said. “Someday we thought we would, though we never have found the right deal to work on.”