Jeffrey Wayne Essex

Jeffrey Wayne Essex, of League City, Texas, passed away on Friday, July 03, 2020, in League, Texas, at the age of 42. He was born on August 12, 1977 in Ventura, California.

Jeff married his true love and best friend, Nevia Lorraine Gonzales on January 4, 2003 in Las Vegas. Jeff was devoted to his wife and children. When he wasn’t with them, he was talking about them. Every free minute he had he chose to spend quality time with his family.

Jeff worked for Jimmy Changas and Gringo’s Mexican Kitchen the past seven years. He was currently at the League city location as an assistant manager. He was a dedicated employee. He was a kind, personable person. These qualities made lasting impressions on coworkers/employees and interactions with customers.  He was a great friend who will be missed by many.

Jeff is survived by his loving wife of 17 years Nevia Lorraine Essex; parents Glen and Sue Essex; daughter Brooke Ariel Essex; sons Brandon Allen Essex, Everett Kale Essex and Holden Elliott Essex, brother, Joe Cannon Essex and his two fur babies, Lily and Astro.

He also leaves behind to cherish his memory his in-laws Bernard and Lorraine Ward who adored their son-in-law; father-in-law Frank Gonzales; sister-in-laws Tricia Elkins, and Jen (Jason) Jones; Nephews Ethan Elkins, Jaxon Jones; Niece Preslee Jones; and many other loving family and friends.

The Family will receive limited friends on Friday, July 17, 2020 at 9:30 AM with a Ceremony to follow at 11:30 AM at Crowder Funeral Home, 1645 East Main, League City, Texas 77573.  Interment will take place at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Dickinson, Texas.

Due to the COVID 19 public gathering restrictions, Crowder Funeral Home requires all visitors to wear a mask and maintain a social distance of six feet from attendees. Maximum occupancy is 60 guests. Please maintain a social distance during the visitation and while seated in the chapel. We will offer the opportunity of viewing the ceremony via a private YouTube Channel. For information on how to access the ceremony online, please contact the family.

Memorials in memory of Jeffrey may be made to PTSD Foundation of America or a local animal shelter.


  1. So thankful for you Jeff. The world is a better place because you were in it. I love you so much. Aunt Deb

    Deborah Essex Willocks
    • You were truly an amazing manager,it was such a pleasure to work for you. You loved talking about your family you are definitely gonna be missed by many.
      Love, Taryn

      Taryn Flournoy
  2. Dear Family,
    My heart is sad loosing one of our own. I remember Jeff as a little boy. Didn’t get to see him as he grown. I did hear of his marriage and 4 children. Seems to have had a happy life. His passing so young and so much to live for. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Love and God Bless,
    Nanny Cannon and Family

    P.S. He will be missed.

    Faye Cannon and Family
  3. Jeff will be greatly missed. He was an outstanding father (always talking about his kids and how proud he was), husband and colleague/friend to so many.

    What an immeasurable loss. Our prayers go out to Nevia and the kids during this difficult time. We pray that you can find peace and comfort knowing he is loved and missed by so many of us.

    Our prayers and hearts are with you.


    Eric and Shawn

    Shawn Dujanovic
  4. My deepest and sincere condolences to all of you. I am truly saddened by this loss in our family Jeff will be missed. My heart and prayers to Nevia (God sister) and the boys if ever there is anything you need i am there for you always . Once again my Prayers to you all.
    Love you all
    Lynette Chavez-Smith

    Lynette Chavez-Smith
  5. Jeff was such a kind person. He taught me many things both in and outside of the workplace. I am deeply saddened by this loss. My heart goes out to the family. We were all so blessed to know Jeff. Rest In Paradise my friend.

    Jeffrey Kristensen
  6. I only had the pleasure of working with Jeff for a few weeks. He was taking over as GM of league city and kept telling me he wanted me there even though it wasn’t in the cards. He went out of his way to make me feel needed and it’s always stuck with me. And I’m sure I’m just one in a long list that Jeff had that impact on. My stepdad passed a few years ago and it was very rough for my family, but I still to this day hang my hat on the fact that we were better for having him in our lives. And we all feel the same way about you.

    Nick Bittner
    • Sending my condolences. I met Jeff while working at Johnny Tamales way back when. It was my first job out of high school, and I learned so much about service and professionalism from Jeff. He was just so good at his job, and I reflect on those days and laugh because it was a family type of atmosphere we had there, and Jeff was a big part of that. I’m glad to have known him even for that short period of time. Prayers to his whole family

      Jennifer Grizzaffi
  7. Hi my name is Derek Flores im so sorry for your loss i had the pleasure to work with Jeff at gringos in la porte TX when he was general manager i was his busser\dishwasher he was the kindest. Hard working person I ever had known and im glade the chance to meet him may god bless you and your family

    Derek flores
  8. Jeff was such a kind person. He taught me so much both inside and outside of work. I definitely looked up to him and considered him a mentor. We were all blessed to know such a wonderful man. My heart goes out to his family. Rest In Paradise my friend. You will be forever missed.

    Jeffrey Kristensen
  9. I’m so sorry to hear of Jeff’s passing. He and I went to middle school together in the SF Bay Area (Treasure Island military brats). Although it’s been many years since we last communicated, I will always consider Jeff to be one of the best friends I’ve ever had.

    Please accept my sincerest condolences for your family’s loss.

    Alvan Mangalindan
  10. My condolences to Jeff’s family. I am just now seeing this and my heart is broken. I knew him as Coach Jeff. We met when he coached my son’s t-ball team. We would still address him as Coach when we saw him at the restaurant or around town. What a sweet man, I am so sorry for your loss.

    Tracey Tegeler

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