Jim Gregory

19760317 –

 20171102

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Jim was born to Pat and Cathy Gregory in Englewood, Colorado on March 17, 1976. The Gregory family moved to Texas in 1988, and Jim graduated from Fritch High School in Fritch, Texas in 1994. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas Tech in Lubbock in 1998. Jim then moved to Austin to work at Dell. In 2001, he moved to Seattle to work with his brother Daniel at Slingshot. In 2005 he moved to Moss Landing, California to accept a job with Ducks Unlimited. He transferred to Lubbock in 2010 and became the Regional Director of West Texas and New Mexico, and he was later promoted to Senior Regional Director.
Jim is remembered by family and friends for his humor and ready smile, his generous and compassionate heart, and his quick wit. Jim was active in the community, and he loved helping people. He also loved to build things, and he had no fear when it came to taking on new projects—from building a massive reception desk for his employer Slingshot, to building a boat, adding a new deck to his house, and most recently, building a photography darkroom for his brother. Across his life, Jim loved to collect things. He especially loved collecting family heirlooms passed down by his elders, and symbols of his Texas pride, and he never met a tool he didn’t like: new or old. He was also known for having an amazing memory and a remarkable amount of knowledge on a wide variety of subjects. Jim’s family and friends on Facebook looked forward to reading Jim’s always funny and touching Ponderings about life.
Family was the most important thing in Jim’s life. He kept in regular touch with his own large, extended family, and for Jim, “family” didn’t stop there. His Ducks Unlimited family meant the world to him, as did everyone at the Catholic Student Center, the Texas Tech Alumni Association, and his whole Texas Tech family.
Jim is survived by his parents, Pat and Cathy; his brother Daniel; and his sister-in-law Lori. He is survived by his aunts and uncles Jan and Jerry McKee, Vicky and David Montano, Babs and Peter Morris, Julie and Mike Adams, Tish and Bill Resnik, Betsy and Jim Buckel, John and Sylvia Vogel, Bob and Bernadette Vogel, Tom Vogel, Jim and Christen Vogel, Valerie and Russel Barber, and David and Theresa Gregory. He is also survived by 80 cousins. He was predeceased by his grandparents Dick and Marilyn Vogel and Ralf and Grace Gregory. Jim, you are deeply loved and will be sorely missed.

Memorials

In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family asks that you make a donation in Jim’s name to Ducks Unlimited (www.ducks.org), to Raider Awakening (https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/CatholicStudentCenteratTexasT/RAdonations.html or Raider Awakening, 2305 Main Street, Lubbock, Texas 79401), or to the wildlife or wetlands conservation organization of your choice.

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19 thoughts on “Jim Gregory”

  1. Jim was a pleasure to work with. His deep compassion for people was evident in all of his actions, and his love of learning (anything and everything) was refreshing and inspirational. He will be deeply missed by the Ducks Unlimited family.

  2. Jim was an amazing person. Fun, kind, loving, smart… I’m so saddened by his passing. Everything about him was positive. I hope we are all connected with him again one day.

  3. Dave and Linda Marsh

    Jim was a delightful breath of fresh air and we will miss him. My husband is the Albuquerque Chairman of Duck’s Unlimited, and I am a committee member. We have had the pleasure of working with Jim for many years, most recently was on October 28, this year. Jim was in town for our annual DU Fundraising Banquet., and was his usual happy, vivacious self. We had a lovely evening, with Jim at the helm of the event. He calmed the jitters of our newest committee members, diffused an issue with the venue staff, and then made sure the rest of the night was a huge success . He spoke eloquently of our own treasurer, who passed away suddenly in March, and led us in a moment of silence. He educated us about DU , and then ran the raffles and auction with his dynamic expertise. All of this, and Jim noticed I was cold during the evening, and he loaned me his warm vest. That was Jim, God Bless him. To his family, our deepest condolences. We know what fine people you must be, because we have known Jim Gregory. Dave and Linda Marsh

  4. Jim & Cindy Wolfe

    To the Gregory Family:
    Please accept our sincere sympathy on the untimely passing of your son, Jim. His death was a total shock to all of us. It was so unexpected.
    Jim was a valued leader to the New Mexico Duck’s Unlimited Family and I had the pleasure of working with him on many New Mexico Ducks Unlimited Projects. He was a tireless leader and a great asset to Ducks Unlimited, INC.
    I know that losing a family member is never easy to accept, especially when it is so unexpected it adds to the grief. I know for sure that I would have liked the opportunity to let Jim know how highly regarded he was. I will always be sorry that I didn’t do that as much as I should have.
    Both my wife and I plan to honor Jim’s memory and leadership through Ducks Unlimited. I hope that this small gesture will be a filling tribute to a good, hardworking and dedicated leader that Jim was to all of us.
    Please extend my sympathy to your wonderful family.
    In Symapthy
    Jim & Cindy Wolfe
    Magdalena, NM

    Former New Mexico State Chairman – Ducks Unlimited
    Socorro NM Chapter Chairman – Ducks Unlimited

  5. Pat, Cathy and Daniel,
    My name is Rick Jackson and as Chair of the Building Committee for the new Catholic Student Center at Saint Elizabeth I had the great honor of becoming a dear friend to Jim over the last several years.
    I want you to know he nevered said No he was always willing to help. I will miss his smile dearly, but God will receive a new dear friend.
    God Bless Your Family and you all are in our prayers.
    Rick & Diane Jackson

  6. Dear Family,
    I want to express my Deepest Sympathy in your loss. The pain, the grief, and the feelings of helplessness can seem unbearable. The Bible promises that we will see a time when death will be eliminated. “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”
    I hope this will bring comfort to your family. If you would like to know more about what the Bible promises, Please visit: jw.org at no cost or obligation.
    Deepest Sympathy, Kristy

  7. Jim was a great man and touched many lives. He will be greatly missed. I know many of the student at the Catholic Student Center looked up to him and he was a great influence on many lives.

  8. Jim always had a great smile and a sharp wit, no matter what the circumstances. And he was never too busy to answer all my dumb questions over the years and I learned so much from him. His passion and dedication to all of the causes he supported was readily apparent and he was never shy about sharing his opinions — which will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with all of his family, both by blood and those he thought of as family, and the hearts he has touched through the years.

  9. Greg and Nancy Karp

    Pat, Cathy, Dan and the rest of Jim’s extended family,
    Please accept our deepest sympathies. Besides being a very intelligent man, Jim lived a life that I envied, and had a heart of gold. We know you are going to miss him greatly. Hold on to the memories.

  10. Monte and Sharlot

    We are deeply saddened for your loss. May God and your family and friends be your comforter during this time. We love you and Pat…

  11. Please accept my deepest sympathy in the loss of your dear son. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  12. Crystal Moran Miller

    I knew Jim in high school. I had the pleasure of developing a high school newspaper in conjunction with our community newspaper with Jim. I considered him a friend and a person with high integrity and ethics. Please accept my deepest sympathy and continued prayer for your family.

  13. Junior and Bonnie Kerns

    Bonnie and I have known and worked with Jim since his selection to be the Regional Director and then the Senior Regional Director for Ducks Unlimited over New Mexico and West Texas. His enthusiasm was contagious and he was a great person with whom to work. He was willing to think outside the box and allowed us volunteers to also try new approaches to fund raising for the mission. We will all miss him and his assistance.

    We both enjoyed talking with him a few days prior to his death and were all looking ahead to next year. I know that he enjoyed the outdoors and conservation. Jim was still trying to teach me the finer points of using Facebook and how to make it more productive for our State and local chapters of Ducks Unlimited. Thank you for everything, Jim. Our deepest sympathies are extended to Jim’s family and friends.

  14. Clifford and Deborah Clarke

    Dear Gregory Family;
    Our sincerest condolences on your loss. Jim was a wonderful friend and neighbor.
    We moved to Lubbock 4 years ago to pursue graduate degrees at Texas Tech. We moved into the house next door. Right from the start Jim was there to help. He lent a hand and lent us his tools. He jump started our car when the Winter cold killed the battery. In Spring, he even lent me his lawn mower. He was full of great advice and great stories about Lubbock. If I had a rough day, he would sit and talk on the porch with a cold Shiner Bock. We could talk hunting, weather or football. But he could also carry a conversation on computers and technology.
    He took me to my first Red Raiders game and introduced me to the other devoted fans and tailgaters.
    He was a true friend who helped us when we settled in and never stopped, even when it was time to graduate and move back.
    He will be missed.

  15. So sorry for your loss, Jim was my Regional Director while in California. He will be greatly missed by all that have met him. You raised a very fine man, Jim would pitch in or lend a hand, no matter what the task. Jim is one of the good guys.

  16. I am so sorry to hear of the recent death of your son. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  17. Jim was a great man, and brought joy to others around him. I personally have grown up being at DU events and I always had a great time when Jim was around. Jim was my go to when starting up the NMSU chapter of Ducks Unlimited, and was always there when ever you called. It didn’t matter if you called him with a 5 minute question or a major problem he always had an answer, and the call ended up being an hour of laughs and coming up with new fundraisers for DU. Jim’s passion for waterfowl and conservation was evident in everything he did. He will be greatly missed.
    To the family I send my deepest condolences .

  18. Pat and Kathy. This is from Mike and Janet Hammonds. Only God knew that we would reconnect September at a 50th high school reunion for the purpose of strengthening us for an on slot of life. The death of your son. We laughed, we loved , and we build each other up. Let it remind you of who you are, who you became to your son, and who you are moving forward. Love you.

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