James Arden Crist
James A. Crist, at the age of 80, passed away on July 31, 2021, in McKinney Texas from preexisting conditions exasperated by COVID-19. He was born October 10, 1940, near Hitchcock, Oklahoma where he was raised on the family farm. Jim graduated in 1962 from The University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. He was married to his childhood sweetheart Wanda for 62 years, had 3 sons and 10 grandchildren.
Jim had a great sense of humor and his approach to life was “everything will be alright.” He was a dedicated and loving husband, father, and grandfather. He took great pride in his family’s achievements in sports, at university, or professional success. He also enjoyed family gatherings, teaching his grandchildren how to fish, and he always looked forward to their time together. Jim was an avid sports enthusiast who enjoyed watching his sons and grandchildren play football, baseball or soccer as well as supporting his college alma mater.
Jim was predeceased in death by his parents and siblings, Harold and Verla Crist, Harold Crist Jr., Vonna Crist, and Eldon Crist. He is survived by his wife Wanda, sons Ricky, Loney, and Doug and siblings Kerwin Crist, Harlene Huckins, and Gaytha Kreymborg. Jim is also survived by his ten grandchildren Kendall, Garrett, Quintin, Teagan, Connor, Cody, Duncan, Davis, Alessandra and Gabriella as well as many beloved relatives and friends.
Donations in remembrance of Jim may be made to the Plano Wildcat Football Team at https://planoqbclub.membershiptoolkit.com/form/m/157392
In the interest of yours and the family’s health and safety, we encourage attendees to the graveside service have at least one Covid-19 vaccine shot.
The service will be held at the Kingfisher Cemetery on August 21, 2021, at 9:30am under the direction of Matthews Funeral Home, Edmond, OK.