Charles Christopher “Chris” Reed

Charles Christopher “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.

His 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.

In 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.

Being 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.

Chris held 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.

With such 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-Permian Basin as Texas’ 2012 Outstanding Local Leader and was a finalist for the University of Houston Public Official of the Year in 2015.

A 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, Communities in Schools at or the Concussion Legacy Foundation at


  1. My deepest sympathy to the Reed family. The loss of a loved one is so hard to bear. I recently lost my mother and as I watched the tragedy on the news my heart went out to you. Our heavenly Father lovingly assures us that he “is close to the brokenhearted.” (Ps.34:18) He also promises “I will really hold on to you with my right hand of righteousness.” (Isa. 41:10) May the God of all comfort be with you at this difficult time. (2 Cor. 1:3,4)

  2. I did not know him but I pray for him and his family. May he Rest In Peace the lesson from this always wear a life jacket when on any size boat. God Bless his family I feel for you.take care.

    Marcy moslak
  3. Jana, my heart is breaking for you and the kids. I am so sorry. You and Chris and the entire family have been in my constant thoughts and prayers. I will continue to pray for your family.

    David Hutton
  4. May you be wrapped up tight in God’s peace & comfort as
    you & yours transition through this season of your lives.
    Your heart ❤️ will beat again.

    Glenda Dewbre
  5. Jana, I don’t know if you remember me, but Rita and I live in Greenridge almost across the street from where I used to watch Logan and Haley play on the grass. Whenever Milton or Izabelle would check on them too often I think they went down to your house and out the back gate to do it in the park. I always enjoyed the times that I would get the chance to talk with Chris, especially when Notre Dame was playing a football game. I have walked a dog three times a day for the last fifteen years and got to know all of the kids in our small neighborhood but never got a chance to know your younger children as you moved before I got a chance. Rita and I want to express our sorrow for your loss to you and your family, Chris was one of the finest men that I have ever known in my lifetime!

    Bob McCarthy

    Robert and Rita McCarthy
  6. Praying for the Reed family.

    Rick Aguilar
  7. Our sincere condolences to the Reed Family.

    Joe and Linda Lamb
  8. Many in our community are saddened this day. We all feel your loss n will
    Miss the kind n helpful things youndid to make this a better place to live!
    May the memories you left behind carry us through these dark days n our faith
    In the Lord help us all know we are not alone.
    Fear not for the Lord is here by your side RIP Chris

    Joyce Magliolo
  9. Today I am thinking of Chief Reed’s family, the Kemah Police Department and all of those who love him as they mourn and celebrate his life today, a life well lived and full of service. I do not know him or his family personally but want them to know that I appreciate all that he gave to so many. May you feel the love and peace that God offers you in abundance. May the love and support of our community help lift you. You are in our prayers and hearts. I am so very sorry for your loss

    Wendy Watts
  10. God’s blessings on Chris, his family, and thousands of friends. Among his many acts of giving of himself, I am particularly admiring that he found time to serve on the CCISD Board. His contributions to the area are countless. Ralph Parr

    Ralph Parr

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