RIP John Papageorge 1955-2019

Submitted by Matt on Thu, 12/19/2019 - 16:38

Dad and I on Engineer Mountain

I lost my Dad back in December. He died after nearly a 10 year battle with Multiple Myeloma. I will miss him greatly


John Linton Papageorge, 64, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on December 11, 2019.

John was born on March 3, 1955 in Texarkana, AR, to George and Julia Papageorge and spent his childhood in Bossier City, LA.  John went to Airline HS and was an excellent scholar and athlete. John attended Louisiana Tech and graduated in 1977 with a BS in Petroleum Engineering.  After graduation, John moved to OKC to seek his fortune in the oil and gas business but his real fortune came when he met his future wife, Debbie.  While in OKC, John worked for Cities Service Petroleum, Berry Petroleum, Sohio and ultimately BP. In 1988, John was transferred to Houston which was made a home by the blessing of 3 beautiful children. 

John loved sports and especially football. He took great pride in coaching his youth football team. Raider Nation brought together great boys, families and friendships which continued well past youth football.

John retired in 2015, due to his illness, after a 32 year career with BP/heritage companies. John spent as much time as he could in retirement doing the things he loved; being with family and friends, travelling, fishing, and making memories at PapaLago on Lake Travis as well as the Papadome in Houston.

John was an example of courage in his 10 year fight with multiple myeloma. He placed his trust in God’s sovereign will but was determined to live as long as he could by not letting cancer rule his life.  “Cancer didn’t win today…I beat cancer another day” was his motto. 

He is survived by his wife Debbie, his son Matt and his wife Katherine, his daughter Morgan and his son Cole.  He is also survived by his mother, Julia Papageorge and sister Carol Neill. Additionally, John is survived by a group of loving in-laws, nieces and a nephew. John is preceded in death by his dad, George Papageorge. 

Special thanks to Dr. Robert Orlowski and the entire MDA team that so lovingly cared for John.  

There will be a Celebration of Life at Chapelwood UMC on December 19, 2019 at 2:00 pm.

The family would gratefully request that donations be made in honor of John to:  (waiting to get this info today from MDA)

dad and i fishing

dad and i wearing letter jackets'

dad and I football

dad and i golfing

dad and i skeet shoot

dad watching the eclipse

dad at joe exotic's zoo
Dad at Joe Exotic's Zoo


Christmas Star
We put the Taylorcrest Christmas star up for him one last time the night before we lost him.

Do not waste time! We are only on this world for so long.  Make the most of every second you are here.