Charles Christopher "Chris" Reed
"Chris" Reed, age 50, passed away on June 7, 2019. He was born in
Princeton, Indiana to Charles Reed and Lu Ann (Smith
) Clark on October 6, 1968.
heart belonged to his family. Chris and his wife, Jana, were married on
July 30, 1990. The couple's pride shines brightest for their three
amazing children Logan, Chase and Alexis. Over the decades together,
they shared a passion for education and improving the quality of life
for kids throughout Bay Area Houston.
Chris is survived by his wife
and children; his father Charles Reed and his wife Melinda; his mother
Lu Ann (Smith) Clark and her husband Malcolm, as well as by a large
family of brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, and nieces and
nephews. He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Robert and Mary
Reed and William Van Smith and Joyce Maier. His family and friends will
miss his sense of humor and exuberant spirit.
Chris dedicated his life to service. His service to his country and community began in the U.S. Army
where he was a graduate of the Military Police Academy and was
certified as a military policeman. Promoting to the rank of sergeant,
Chris was a paratrooper before his honorable discharge in 1990.
1991 he joined the League City Police Department, serving in numerous
investigative and training capacities. Chris held the roles of assistant
chief and, later, city administrator. During his time in League City,
he graduated from the FBI National Academy Command College, received a
Bachelor of Business Administration from LeTourneau University, and
earned his Master of Science in criminal justice administration from Sam
Houston State University.
In 2009 he was appointed city manager of
Nassau Bay where he served for six years. Chris then began his own
consulting agency, but his love of public service drew him to the City
of Kemah where he took on the responsibility of police chief
a civil servant and dedicated leader were just one part of his busy
life. Chris also passionately supported his community, serving on dozens
of boards and committees, many in support of Clear Creek Independent
School District. In 2016 he successfully won a seat on the CCISD Board
of Trustees, where he was recently named Secretary.
numerous leadership roles in child-focused philanthropic organizations
for nearly two decades. Some of the organizations that benefited from
his participation and guidance include the Clear Creek Education
Foundation, Communities in Schools, Bay Area Alliance for Youth and
Families, Hope Village, Lion's Club and several CCISD campus improvement
councils and school naming committees.
For years, Chris could also
be found on the wrestling mat. As a mixed martial arts fighter, he was
known to many as the Celtic Tiger. He lent this expertise to area youth,
when he founded the Houston Area Wrestling Foundation. The organization
provides opportunities to lower socio-economic wrestlers, helping them
improve self-confidence, discipline and good sportsmanship.
commitment to community, Chris was recognized through various awards,
including the Melvin Jones Fellowship for his humanitarian work. He was
selected by the Shepperd Leadership Institute of the University of Texas
Basin as Texas' 2012 Outstanding Local Leader and was a finalist for
the University of Houston Public Official of the Year in 2015.
memorial service will be held in his honor at Clear Creek Community
Church at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 14, 2019. The address is 999 FM
270, League City, TX 77573.
His family would be delighted if
donations, in lieu of flowers, were made to any one of the following
organizations: Texas EquuSearch at www.texasequusearch.org
, Communities in Schools at www.cisba.org
or the Concussion Legacy Foundation at www.concussionfoundation.org