10/20/1957 – 3/6/2020
William "Jeff" Wild passed away on Friday, March 6. 2020, at the age of 62. He was born on October 20, 1957 in Des Moines, Iowa, to parents L. Richard and Elizabeth "Betsy" Wild and was the oldest of their five children. The family moved to Lafayette, Louisiana, when Jeff was 3 years old, where he made many lifelong friends. Jeff graduated from Acadiana High School and completed his education at The University of Southwestern Louisiana. Soon thereafter, Jeff met his wife, Janet Hernandez. The couple married on April 26, 1980 and went on to have three beautiful, loving, supportive children.
Jeff spent the majority of his career in the Oil and Gas Industry. The family moved to Texas in 1996, where Jeff began his employment with Southern Petroleum Laboratories. At the time of his passing, Jeff had dedicated 24 long years of service to the company and was Executive Vice President of the Allocations and Project Management Division. Of his many accomplishments, Jeff was most proud of having received a Corporate Leadership Award (CORLA) from Minerals Management Services, which is now part of the Federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE). Jeff is a named member on SPL's multiple patents for Allocation Methodology.
Jeff enjoyed many aspects of his career, but one of his favorites benefits was the social aspect. As a natural host, he enjoyed meeting people and cultivating close relationships with his counterparts. Jeff had many hobbies, including golf, hunting, fishing and cooking for those he cared for. His greatest joy in life, however, came from being "Pops" to his four grandchildren who simply adored him.
Jeff is survived in death by his wife of 40 years, Janet; his three children Christina Lyons (husband, Nicholas), Matthew Wild (wife, Samantha), Allison Wild; and four loving grandchildren, Ethan Wild, Audrey Wild, Bennett Lyons, and Elliott Lyons. He is also survived by his mother Elizabeth "Betsy", sisters Kathleen West (husband, Dennis) and Gretchen Hughes (husband, James), and brothers Brady Wild (wife, Gabriela) and Richard Wild (wife, Diane), as well as their families, which includes nine nieces and nephews and one great-niece. Jeff was preceded in death by his father, L. Richard Wild.
Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 10:00 A.M. at the Mary Queen Catholic Church, 606 Cedarwood Drive, Friendswood, TX 77546 with a Memorial Mass to begin at 12:00 P.M. with Rev. James H. Kuczynski, M.S. officiating. A gathering honoring Jeff's life will take place from1:00 P.M. to 2:30 P.M. in the Mary Queen Life Center. The interment will be held in Lafayette, Louisiana at a later date.
In recognition of Jeff's love for the outdoors, memorial contributions can be made to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation at www.tpwd.texass.gov/business/donations. If you choose to make a donation, you will need the following information: Tribute Type: In Memory of Jeff Wild.
Condolences may be sent to the Wild family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.