Joseph M. Deffner
1968-2017, Joe Deffner, 49, a resident of The Woodlands, Texas, was tragically taken from us on Tuesday, November 7th as a result of an automobile accident. He was a man full of fun and life, a sharp quick wit and a beautiful mind. A devoted and loving husband and father, Joe will be deeply missed by family and friends. Joseph Michael Deffner was born in New Orleans and raised in Metairie, Louisiana. Joe graduated with high honors from: Jesuit High School in New Orleans; LSU (B.S. Finance); and The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University (MBA). Joe enjoyed playing the trumpet in the school band at both Jesuit and LSU. In addition to his sharp intellect, Joe's ability to connect on a personal basis with every person he met served him well in his business career. At the time of his death, Joe was a Managing Director of the Houston office of HPS Investment Partners, where he started in 2013. Previously, Joe was a Director within Citi Global Commodities, Executive Director at UBS, consultant at Amaranth, and a Managing Director in the Global Finance Unit at Enron Corp. Joe was highly respected and regarded as a leader in his field. Joe's business success garnered him the opportunity to give back to LSU by becoming an invited member of the Dean's Advisory Council for the LSU Business School. As a member of the Krewe of Babylon, Joe was thrilled to ride in a Mardi Gras parade this year. Joe's first experience with The Boy Scouts of America was as a member of Saint Edward the Confessor Church Cub Scout Pack 496 in Metairie Louisiana. Since Joe's three sons all joined Cub Scouts and became Boy Scouts, Joe was an active adult scout for many years. He last served as Scoutmaster for Troop 204. As a result of his time on High Adventure trips with his sons, Joe planned to hike the Appalachian Trail from start to finish. Joe is survived by his wife, Lisa Bills, his former wife, Christine Kainer, and their three sons, Justin (fiancée Erika), Brett, and Jackson Deffner. He is also survived by his parents, Mary and Joseph Deffner; sister, Cheryl Deffner Calkins; niece and nephews, Maia, Liam, and Aidan Calkins; mother-in-law, Donna Bills; and brothers-in-law, John and Eric Bills. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Hilda and James Nolan, Allen E. Deffner, Sr. and Gertrude Miller. He is also survived by numerous loving aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives. A Vigil and Mass of Christian Burial were held at St. Simon & Jude Catholic Church in The Woodlands, Texas. The Homily was delivered by Joe's childhood friend, Rev. Chris DeLerno. Condolences may also be left at josephjearthman.com .
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