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Dr. Gene Alan Chapman

In Loving Memory of Dr. Gene Alan Chapman, DC, DACAN, DAAPM, APC

Dr. Gene Alan Chapman, 64, of New Waverly, TX, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, December 12, 2021 at Huntsville Memorial Hospital in Huntsville, TX of natural causes due to complications from Covid and a heart attack. Born on August 4, 1957 in Houston, TX, the son of Annie Lois (May) (Chapman) Burdine and the late Bobby Gene Chapman. Those who knew Dr. Gene well, realized he possessed a life-long passion for learning, healing, and serving others. He researched daily and never stopped adding new natural and holistic healing methods to his techniques. For those who would listen and follow, he carried a towering torch, guiding others with their health, and sharing his healing secrets with anyone who was interested. Dr. Gene grew up in Houston, TX in the Heights behind a fire station and a short walk from Shipley’s donuts on North Main Street, two of his favorite hangouts. He graduated from Reagan High School in 1975. After high school, he attended the Sheriff’s academy and had a short stint as a Harris County deputy sheriff. Then, he attended University of Houston in the 1980’s before attending Texas Chiropractic College from 1985 to 1988. Dr. Gene graduated with his Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree in 1988, and still held current licenses to practice in Texas and New Mexico. He continued his chiropractic education with Board Certifications in Chiropractic Neurology and Pain Management. In 2013, Dr. Gene completed the Advanced Practice Chiropractic Course in New Mexico, gaining both DC and APC licenses in New Mexico. With these credentials, Dr. Gene held a DEA license with limited prescriptive authority. Dr. Gene’s best friend, Dr. David Richard Bellamy, met him in the mid-1980’s and was instrumental in encouraging him to become a chiropractor and attend TCC. The two attended the neurology diplomate program together and served patients together doing Manipulation Under Anesthesia at Doctor’s Hospital – Airline. Dr. Gene is survived by his mother, Annie Lois Burdine of Humble, TX, and her husband Willie Eugene Burdine; and by his brother Dale Lee Cooper of Pearland, TX and his wife, Kathleen. Dr. Gene is survived by his wife Nancy Kay Whittemore, whom he met in 1991, and has been married to for 27 years. He is survived by his son William Warren Chapman, of Richmond, TX and his wife, Cassee; and by his daughter Celeste Catherine Chapman of New Waverly, TX; and by several nieces and nephews. Gene’s sister Sandra Gail (Chapman) (Reyes) Burson predeceased him earlier this year. Dr. Gene started private practice at his hand-built office on East Mount Houston. After a year, he moved his practice to Greenspoint and furthered his healing arts there until 1995. He then served the residents of The Woodlands until 2012 from his beautiful office in which Dr. Gene incorporated divine numerology into the architecture. His philosophy in practice was “provide more service than you are getting paid for” and he loved serving his patients by performing his Chapman-special “billion-star adjustment”. His patients were quite loyal and many professed he gave the best chiropractic adjustments they’d ever experienced. Most patients were local, but many came from afar and from around the world. Dr. Gene not only enjoyed studying the old chiropractic masters and a diverse number of chiropractic techniques, but he was a life-long student of The Demartini Institute, an exploration into spiritual and experiential self-improvement. These studies took him on travels around the globe and Dr. Gene not only attended every new seminar he could but was a frequent visitor at Dr. Demartini’s annual Empyreance seminar, where Dr. Gene thrilled other attendees with his profound insights and stories of travels with Dr. John Demartini and other students. Dr. Gene enjoyed adventuring around the globe which took him to Mexico, Hawaii, Peru, Bolivia, France, Eqypt, Hong Kong, China, Tibet, Nepal, Singapore, Greece, Turkey, and again to China. Most of Dr. Gene’s travels were shared with his wife Nancy, whom he wanted on every trip. Those who have spent time with them know Gene and Nancy’s personalities complemented each other well and they thoroughly enjoyed sharing adventure, serving chiropractic patients, traveling the globe, experiencing life together, and raising their children. During their journeys, their miniature Dachshund, Cleo, was always well cared-for by Alexandra (Jeanne-Marie) Platt, their close family friend. Dr. Gene and his wife adopted Cleo in 1994 shortly after his father, Bobby Gene Chapman’s death. His Dad always told Dr. Gene, “A house is not a home without a dog.” Dr. Gene has called himself the “Department of Transportation.” His grandfather and father owned and drove big rigs, which inspired his love of anything with wheels or that moves. Dr. Gene owned and enjoyed many automobiles, trucks, SUVs, motorcycles, an exotic sports car, tractors, a boat, and a motorhome. Dr. Gene studied flying in the 1990’s and owned a Cessna 172 airplane. He flew around Texas with a pilot friend to exotic locales such as Lajitas, TX on the Rio Grande. Dr. Gene’s life and focus changed when his son William was born in October 1998. His new greatest joy became raising and spending time with his son. He hung up his flight wings, no longer willing to take the risks of flying his small airplane. Instead, Dr. Gene kept his son close, taking him on the trip to Egypt and Turkey, where William celebrated his first birthday on a Mediterranean cruise ship and took his first steps in Turkey in a carpet shop. Dr. Gene immediately purchased the silken carpet that William graced with his first steps. When his daughter Celeste came along in 2004, he was again smitten. His great joy was to keep his children close, have great influence on their lives, guide them in his passions, and teach them chiropractic and natural healing. Dr. Gene retired from practice in 2012, which allowed him to spend more time raising and home-schooling his children, and teaching them to live life to the fullest. During this time, William accompanied Dr. Gene to New Mexico for his training in Advanced Practice Chiropractic. In 2016, during William’s senior year in high school, Dr. Gene and William traveled to Hawaii for William’s senior trip. They spent quality father/son time enjoying the sun, surf, and beaches of Honolulu. Since moving to New Waverly, TX in 2010, Dr. Gene has enjoyed the peacefulness, serenity and privacy of seemingly unlimited space; originally an investment property that transformed to the family residence. He enjoyed the wildlife, the nature, and creating a “deer preserve”. Dr Gene was known by his daughter to have a kind, tender heart, so in 2018 when three starving stray dogs approached Dr. Gene, he couldn’t turn them away but instead he fed them, and they stayed although he and his family already had a 9-year-old Doberman Pinscher named Beamer. Two of the young females were pregnant and provided the family with a 14-pup “puppy riot”, which Celeste and her father enjoyed together immensely. Eventually, many of the puppies were re-homed, but 5 dogs remained as Dr. Gene’s four-legged furry exercise companions. Dr. Gene lifted weights, walked, and ran with his pack of fur babies. Dr. Gene Alan Chapman will be most profoundly missed for his amazing chiropractic adjustments, his guiding light, his enthusiasm, his laughter, and especially for his passion to live life large. A true Texan at heart!

Viewing and Service will be held on Monday, December 20, 2021 from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Family First Cremation Services, 25702 Aldine Westfield Suite 401, Spring, TX 77373.

Dr. Gene Alan Chapman’s ashes will be interned at the Historic Hollywood Cemetery in the Heights of Houston, TX next to his grandparents, father, uncle, and sister.

If you would like to make a charitable donation, memorials can be made in the name of Dr. Gene A. Chapman to the Star of Hope Mission, 4848 Loop Central Dr., Suite 500, Houston, TX 77081-2356, 713-748-0700.

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