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.
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.