George Elliott Crist

George Elliott Crist, age 99, passed away peacefully on November 29. 2021. George was born to American expatriates Donald and Mary Crist in Tampico, Mexico on July 5, 1922.  He joined older brother Don and, together the family, followed assignments with Humble Oil and Refining Company in Ingleside, Houston and Baytown, Texas.  After receiving an engineering degree from Texas A&M University in 1943, George deployed to North Africa, and was later transferred to the European Theatre and the Philippines during WWII.

Prior to deployment, he married Lillyne Francis Maroney, whom he had known since childhood.  They spent many happy years raising their three children, Candy Crist (Steve), Connie Crist and George, Jr. (Kathy), all of whom survive him.   George was employed by Humble Oil and Refining Company immediately after the War and enjoyed applying his engineering talents during his 42 years there, with assignments in Baytown, Cuba, the Netherlands, Baton Rouge and Houston.

George married Glenna Brannigan in 1982 and gained two beloved step daughters, Beth Murphy (Charlie) and Megan Horvat (Norbert). He and Glenna traveled the globe for over 30 years.  They also enjoyed their time playing tennis together and creating lasting memories for their 13 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

A true member of the Greatest Generation, George was a magnificent father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, soldier, Aggie, Exxon executive, and world traveler.  He was known for his terrible puns, his love of education, engineering, golf. tennis, painting, gardening and reading.  Most of all he loved his family, and for this we are both lucky and eternally grateful.

In honor of his memory the family asks that contributions be made to the Texas A&M Foundation Corps of Cadets General Scholarship Fund in Memory of George Crist (401 George Bush Dr. College Station, Tx. 77840) or Houston Hospice (


  1. So sorry about George. Always enjoyed talking with him at the mailbox and seeing him ride his bike around the neighborhood. He will be missed. Thoughts and prayers are with Glenna and the entire family.

    If there is anything we can do, please reach out to us.

    Gene & Cindy

    Gene Frankart and Cindy Carter
  2. What an amazing legacy George created. He surely lived his life to the fullest and spent 99 years being a blessing to his family and to the world. We are honored to have known him, even if briefly. Our prayers are with Glenna and all of his family as you grieve the loss of such a special man,

    Our prayers are with you all,

    Genie and Kemble

    Genie Walters
  3. Glenna –
    so sorry to hear of George’s passing last week. So many fond memories of tennis at Bay Area and Bay Oaks, dinners at the club and Aggie get togethers. Carl Konik and I toasted him at the Bay Oaks Christmas party last week.
    My sincere condolences

    Buck Rogers
  4. My heartfelt condolences to the family of the unforgettable George Crist, whose passing I learned about yesterday from a staff member of Freeman library, and the news of whose passing saddened me. George might have read, or certainly tried to read, more books than anyone I’ve ever known, and was for many years a charming, always-the-gentleman member of our Great Books of the Western World group which met at the library. He was a quiet, modest member, reluctant to speak about himself, but through the years interesting stories of his full, well-lived life became known to us, and he was missed when he could no longer attend our meetings. I will certainly miss him, and feel lucky to have known him.

    Jackie Skeen

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