Calvin Wayne Shinn
May 15, 1933  -  May 8, 2019

Calvin Wayne Shinn

Calvin Wayne Shinn
May 15, 1933 – May 8,2019

Calvin Wayne Shinn, Wayne to his friends and Sonny to his family, was raised a farm boy east of the Llano Estacado. He graduated from Paducah High School and went to Texas Tech, where he met the love of his life, Ann. They were married in 1952 and began married life farming in Hockley County. After severe drought drove Wayne to the oilfield, he started a water hauling business in Colorado and North Dakota, and later a ready-mix business in Perryton with his brother in law. Eventually he began roughnecking which resulted in a short adventure in Brazil. After the Brazil experiment, they settled in the Texas Panhandle where he went to work for Drilco. There he discovered the vocation that he followed the rest of his life, Drilling Stabilization. The family was transferred throughout Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana as he promoted up through the company ranks.

After the oilfield bust in 1982, he eventually started Tech Drill in Odessa. He started with a 4door sedan and a trailer and worked hard to build a company that he was able to turn over to his son and brother. He had many friends and associates that he loved in the oilfield and stories to go along with them.

Wayne is preceded in death by his son, Jay; granddaughter, Jillian; sisters, Jorene and Glenna.

He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Ann; sons, Kim and wife, Nan, Kurt and wife, Robin; grandsons, Zachary, Keaton, Jacob, Hayden, Christian; daughter in law, Shara; brother, Rusty and his wife, Roz and sister, Wanda.


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  1. Karen Hopkins Smith
    Waxahachie, TX

    Uncle Wayne is loved and will be missed!
    I will remember his laugh!
    Love to Ann, Kim, & Kurt and their families,

  2. Hurt Exterminating
    Odessa, TX

    Ann, please accept our deepest sympathy for your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family at this time.
    Sincerely, Sharilyn Gunn and Hurt Exterminating

  3. James Silhan
    Levelland 79336, TX

    Wayne, was very good man and I used his drilling tools on my rigs, He will be missed in the oil fields. James Silhan

  4. Bob Mims
    Odessa, TX

    Please accept my deepest sympathy in the loss of Wayne.

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