John Peter Klumpyan, 60, of Friendswood, TX passed away on Sunday, January 20, 2019.He was born July 28, 1958 to Joseph Klumpyan and Etta Fallon Klumpyan in Sherman, TX.
He graduated from high school in 1976 in San Antonio, TX and enrolled at the University of Texas at Austin. In 1978, he moved to Houston and began working for Houston Lighting & Power through their co-op program. John put himself through many years of night school at the University of Houston and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering in 1984. While he only spent two years at UT, he was always a Longhorn at heart.
John had an extremely successful career in the electric power industry, growing up with the Houston, Lighting and Power (HL&P) family of companies. He spent most of his career in the Engineering and Construction organization leading and executing major Power Plant projects. His project successes and disciplined approach to problem-solving vaulted him to Vice President of Engineering Construction. John was soft spoken and a good listener, contributing to his reputation as a strong, fair leader. John’s opinion was valued by co-workers at every level as he always focused on the work, solving the problem, helping people both personally and professionally, and above all, just doing the right thing, even if unpopular or the most difficult path.
He married Katherine Delcambre on January 3, 1981 and together they had 3 children. Even though highly successful at work, John was most proud of his 3 children and the kind, confident, self-sufficient adults they have become. A true family man in every sense of the word, John lovingly taught his children by example – honesty, fairness and the importance of hard work and achievement.
A lover of the outdoors, John enjoyed running while the sun rose and spending time in his yard. He loved traveling throughout the US, especially hiking in the National Parks – lucky to have crossed 32 of the parks off his list. When it was time to unwind, nothing beat a drive in the Camaro with the top down on a sunny day.
John will most be remembered for his quirky sense of humor, his quiet but unwavering faith, and the strength and courage he displayed over the last 2 1/2 years battling brain cancer. John was proud and humbled that friends, family and strangers answered his call and contributed almost $150,000 to brain cancer research since his diagnosis.
He was preceded in death by his father Joseph Klumpyan.
John is survived by his mother, Etta Klumpyan of Carrolton, TX; his loving wife of 38 years, Kathy Klumpyan; son, Bryan Klumpyan and wife Blair of Houston, TX; daughters, Michelle Hranitzky and husband Kevin of Houston, TX and Karen Scruggs and husband Daniel of Spring, TX; brothers, Joe Klumpyan and wife Sharon of College Station, TX and Patrick Klumpyan and wife Chandra of San Antonio, TX; sisters, Mary Johnson and husband Dale of Flower Mound, TX and Ann Klumpyan of San Antonio, TX; numerous nieces and nephews and in-laws that loved him dearly.