Obituary for Jacquelynn Miller Sipe (1951–2020)
Jacquelynn "Jacque" Miller Sipe was born in April 8, 1951 and moved with her family to the Houston TX area as a youth, graduating from Waltrip HS where she was friends with late actor Patrick Swayze and family. Jacque graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.S. in Petroleum Land Management (PLM). She was an active Sooner supporter in sports and otherwise, and remained close to many fellow crimson/cream OU Sooners for life.
After working as an Independent Landman for several years for David Parnell & Associates in New Orleans LA beginning in 1979, Jacque joined The Superior Oil Company there in 1981, transferring to Lafayette LA in 1984, then to Houston TX in 1987. Jacque was transferred to Dallas TX by Mobil Exploration & Producing USA, Inc. (successor to Superior) in early 1992. In 2000, Jacque left Mobil to work for Watson Energy in Houston TX as Business Development Manager. The following year 2001, she joined seismic company Fairfield Industries Inc. in Sugar Land TX, near Houston, as Land Manager. From 2007-2009, Jacque worked for El Paso E&P Company, L.L.C., in Houston as Sr. Staff Landman. She joined Texas Petroleum Investment Company (TPIC) in Houston in 2009, leaving TPIC in early 2020.
Over her career, Jacque worked in many oil and gas exploration and production prospects onshore in states such as Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Alabama and Mississippi, and offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. She participated in Federal OCS lease sales and related events for many years in New Orleans, including being crowned Queen several years ago at the Slatery, Marino & Roberts law firm's Mardi Gras luncheon at Arnaud's in the French Quarter. She loved attending Landmen and industry events, including many AAPL annual meetings.
For many years, Jacque was a member of the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL), the Houston Association of Professional Landmen (HAPL) and the Professional Landmen's Association of New Orleans (PLANO). She served as First Vice President and a Director of HAPL, and was named HAPL Outstanding Landman in 1991. She was scheduled to take over as HAPL President in July 1992; however, she was transferred that spring by Mobil to Dallas. Jacque became a Certified Professional Landman (CPL) in 1985. She was recognized with an AAPL Community Service Award in 1994 after having been nominated by HAPL for an AAPL Education Award in 1992. Jacque was so generous with her gift of puppetry for many HAPL events and delighted many children and adults.
Jacque passed away unexpectedly at age 69 on July 12, 2020, in Sugar Land. She was buried in a private graveside service in Houston. She is survived by husband Paul Sipe, Jr., of Sugar Land (who has no plans for a formal memorial service), and a sister in the Houston area. Jacque was an outstanding friend and colleague to many fellow Landmen and other industry professionals, who are planning a casual gathering in the Houston area to honor Jacque's memory when it is safe to proceed. Our contact for those wishing to be included is Leslie Moore, whose email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. We thank Land Manager Richard Kimberlin and staff at TPIC for their assistance in preparation of this obituary, and Diane Snyder at HAPL for attached photo of Jacque.
Paul F. Nielsen, CPLAugust 25, 2020