F.E. “Tut” Ellis, age 79 passed away February 9, 2013 at his home in College Station. A private service will be held for the family.
Tut was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming March 9, 1933 and though he traveled the world and was extremely successful in the oil and gas business, in his heart he remained a Wyoming Cowboy. He attended school in Thermopolis, Wyoming, graduating from Thermopolis High School where he played basketball and football. Ellis attended the University of Wyoming (UW) and graduated in 1955 with a general engineering degree/petroleum option. With three job offers on the table, he took Conoco’s because they were the largest operator in Wyoming and he wanted to stay close to home. He spent his entire 34 year long professional career with Conoco Inc. , retiring at the age of 55 after serving as Executive Vice President for Exploration and Production International, Group Vice President of E.I. Dupont de Nemours and Company and sitting on the Conoco Board of Directors. In addition to attending UW, in 1969 he earned a masters degree in management from the Sloan School, MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 2001, Ellis was inducted into the UW College of Engineering Hall of Fame and also honored as a UW Distinguished Alum.
Ellis was very much a hands on engineer and the high points of his career were many innovations and improvements that benefited the industry. He was involved in many groundbreaking projects including the outstanding development of the Hutton tension-leg platforms in the Gulf of Mexico and the first oil field automation systems in North America. Ellis’ highly valued integrity and honesty were shown in his participation in instituting a Business Ethics program that insisted on safety standards for Conoco employees that far surpassed the industry norm. Tut was a member of a wide variety of civic and professional associations including both the American Petroleum Institute and the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
After retirement, Ellis and his beloved wife, Diane divided their time between homes in College Station, Texas and Thermopolis, Wyoming and visiting family. The energy he previously had centered on work, he now focused entirely on loving his family and grandchildren and supporting their countless activities and dreams. Tut was a loving husband and father who will be remembered for the faithful way he provided and cared for his family. Though they traveled all over the world with Conoco, he and Diane continued to travel after retirement. Tut used his love of photography to capture the legacy of his family, the various wonders he saw through his travels, and his love for Wyoming landscape.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Erma Ellis and his beloved granddaughter, Darien Jochen. Tut is survived by his wife of 58 years, Diane Ellis and their three children, Valerie Jochen and husband John of College Station, TX, Marley Richards and husband Dan of Woodbridge, VA, and Kipp Ellis and wife Angela of Sugar Land, TX. He also leaves behind five grandchildren, Brenan Richards, Dane Richards, Vincent Jochen, Paige Jochen, and Karis Jochen, and his brother Dale Ellis and wife Jan of Columbus, GA., and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank Emily and the entire staff of Brazos Valley Hospice for their care for Tut in his last days.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in Memory of Tut Ellis to either Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Building Fund, P.O. Box 950, Thermopolis, WY 82443 or the charity of your choice.