Jeffrey M. Cullen

Jeffrey M. Cullen,  6-15-1961 – 1-17-2023

Jeff Cullen, son of Roger and Beverly Cullen of San Antonio, passed away unexpectedly at his new home in League City, TX. Jeff graduated from Churchill High School in 1979, studied at Trinity University, and graduated from University of Texas, Austin, in 1985. Soon after graduation he began working as a management trainee at Kelly AFB, TX. Two years later he accepted a position with NASA in Houston, beginning a 35-year NASA career as a contract specialist. While in Houston he also obtained a master’s degree from U of H, Clear Lake. Jeff rose through the ranks over the years, which culminated in a Senior Executive Service position at NASA headquarters in Washington DC where he approved contracts valued in the billions of dollars. He retired in 2021 and moved back to League City last summer. Jeff is survived by his parents; brothers Steve (Yvonne), Dan (Diane), Dave (Jennifer), Mike (Jessica), and Ryan;  8 nieces and his beloved  dog Jeana. Memorials in memory of Jeff can be made to League City Animal Shelter  at 755 W Walker Street; League City, Texas 77573 or a charity of your choice.

A celebration of life is pending and will be announced soon.


  1. My condolences to Jeff Cullens’ family and friends. Jeff was a wonderful NASA colleague and friend. He will be missed. Gone too soon. My prayers are with you all.

    Julia B. Wise
  2. While I am still in utter disbelief at I am writing this, I reflect on what exceptional man, distinguished executive, ever faithful dog dad, son, brother and brother-in-law, uncle and most of all, lifelong and dear friend to me Jeff was. I will always remember our deep discussions on so many topics from the best and worst Professors at Trinity, current events and scientific discoveries, our aches and pains while “getting up there” in age as Jeff would say, to our family events and milestones over four decades. Jeff left an indelible mark on my life through his strong character, genuine kindness, ever caring and gentle spirit, analytical and philosophical approach to life, and quick witted humor. I will miss his great Christmas cards with always a wonderful update and message. I will also perhaps most of all miss our long walks in Hardberger park reminiscing about the past, chatting about our respective jobs, and first and foremost, what each of our family members were up to. Jeff loved you all so very much, Cullen family, and cherished each and everyone of you. I am so very sorry for your loss. My heart is with you all at this tough time.
    -Shelly Power

    Shelly Power
  3. Dear Jeff thanks for being a great roomie in college.learnt lot from You. Will always remember…

    Luis Carlos Rodríguez
  4. We are saddened by Jeff’s sudden passing and pray for the family in this difficult time. The Cullen family is a very close knit and loving family and Jeff will undoubtedly be missed, and the many memories and good times shared by all will be cherished forever.

    Gary and Jeanne McCaffrey
  5. As Jeff’s next door neighbor and close friend in Alexandria Virginia I am devastated by his tragic premature passing. I have sorely missed him since moving 5 months ago back to Texas. We organized a neighbourhood farewell for him on our street and the everyone showed up to wish him well and thank him for being such an incredible friend and neighbor. During Covid- he was part of our Covid bubble and we were always supportive and ensured continued connections, be it walking our dogs, having a driveway happy hour, or coming to visit us last spring at our beach house in the Outer Banks where he and Jeana so enjoyed the open space and ocean.
    We kept in good touch these past few months, following what was going on in each others lives. Both Mike and I can’t imagine how hard all of this is for the Cullen clan which Jeff clearly was so, so proud to be part of. He always had a Cullen story to recount and was so proud in sharing when new babies arrived within the family.
    The outpouring of comments and condolences on Face Book are such a testimony to who Jeff was to so many people- caring, empathetic, fair, full of wit at the right moment, and much more. He was a man full of kindness, positivity and integrity. We miss you, Jeff and send our sincerest sympathies to your parents, brothers and in-laws, many nieces and nephews. We were so fortunate to have your part of our lives all these years.

    Janis Timberlake
  6. I’m at a loss for words and so saddened by the sudden death of my good friend Jeff. I worked with Jeff at NASA and always admired his professionalism, good humor, and work ethic. He was an insightful person to whom I always could reach out for good advice. I’m going to miss Jeff’s laugh and I’m so sad that after 35 years of working his retirement was cut so short. Say hello to Connie in heaven for me Jeff.

    Sheryl Goddard
  7. Mike and I are completely shocked and saddened by Jeff’s sudden death. We have known Jeff since 2000 when we were neighbors in Cameron Station. We spent many days in the park playing with Bonnie and having various happy hours at our houses. When he moved back to Cameron Station it was like he never left! We used to talk about Bonnie and about how Jeana healed his heart. He was one of the kindest people we have ever known and honestly, it’s so hard to believe that he’s actually gone. God speed my friend you will be missed.

    Mike and Barbara Douglass
  8. It saddens me greatly to hear the news that Jeff is no longer with us. I´d known and worked with him for almost 30 years. He was one of the people who made me feel welcome and at home when I worked at NASA HQ. Always quick witted, and kind. He was incredibly generous with his time, always willing to lend a hand. He will be missed. To his family, he spoke of you quite often and always had great stories of family gatherings. Wishing you peace and May fond memories comfort you during this difficult time.

    Cheryl Hurst
  9. Jeff was a co-worker (at both Kelly AFB and NASA) and a groomsman. Most importantly he was a great friend. He was responsible for my working at NASA and for that I have been and always will be grateful. I can’t express the depth of the loss I am experiencing at his passing. Thank you Jeff for allowing me to be a part of your circle of family and friends; a large circle as you were loved and admired by all whose lives you touched.
    To Roger, Beverly, and all 5 of your brothers, my life is better because Jeff shared you with me. My deepest condolences to each of you. May it be of comfort to you to know your son and brother was so loved and respected by so many.

    James A Bastien

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