DeWitt C. (Dee) Shreve

Dee died at home in Dallas on Thursday, June 18 2009 after a year long battle with metastatic lung cancer.

He was survived by his wife Shirley, daughter Lynda Bettinger, Ingatestone, England, granddaughters Kate and Alice Bettinger and sister Marnell Melvin of Lenexa, Kansas.

Dee was born on January 15, 1936 in Ada, Oklahoma to c.c. and Thelma Shreve. He attended McCall Chapel Primary School in Allen, Oklahoma and in 1954 graduated from high school in Great Bend, Kansas.  Majoring in geology he attended Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS and graduated from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas with a BA in History.  He went on to Washburn University Law School and received a J.D. from the University of Tulsa School of Law.

In his professional life Dee worked for Sunray DX Oil Company (Sun Oil), Texas Eastern, Mesa Petroleum and SEDCO Energy, working in both legal and land departments.  He specializing in International Contract Law which took him around the world. He was self-employed in various ventures in the oil & gas industry over the past 25 years. He joined Hunt Exploration Mining Co. Inc. as Manager of Land in December 2007.  He was also a founding partner and actively involved in Acoustic Reservoir Imaging (ARI), a passive seismic company at the time of his death.

Dee is fondly remembered by many friends and business associates all over the world.

He was preceded in death by his parents and infant daughter Susan Deann.

Dee donated his body for research to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and there was no funeral. Friends were invited to join the family at an evening of remembrance on Thursday. June 25 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.

I became friends of Dee and Shirley through his long time friend and business partner, John B. Hastings.  I had known him for the past 15 years, but got to know him much better in the last 5 years.  He was a very interesting person and I liked talking to him.  Neither one of us were/are known for our conversational abilities, so we hit it off perfectly.  We could travel together in a car for miles and never say a word.

Dee went fishing with us to Colorado several years ago and never wet a hook.  He spent his time reading.  He was my kind of guy!  I will miss him.

Return Home