Reubin Ray Close

September 9, 2006December 21, 2018

Reubin Ray Close

September 9th 2006 to December 21st 2018

Reubin came into the world on the night of September 9th, ensuring that the Close kids would have a matching set of birthdays. He was born in Katy, Texas to Tara (Graham) Close and Aaron Close, joining older siblings Kayla, Oran, and Micah.

Reubin’s early years were spent living in Katy with his family and attending Redeemer Community Church. He enjoyed playing with friends and neighbors. To Reubin everyone was a friend, never considering a new person as a stranger, instead he was willing to talk for hours with someone whom he had just met. Everyone he contacted remembered the bright-eyed young man who would come by to visit and bring a big smile with him every time. He started online school while in Katy. In May of 2013, Reubin moved with his siblings and mother to Midland, Texas. While in Midland, he lived closer to many of his cousins and got to know them much better. He joined cub scouts and made new friends at Emmerson Elementary and Midland Bible Church. His favorite event for cub scouts was the pine car derby, where he built and decorated small wooden cars to race. At church, he participated whole heartedly in Awanas, Sunday School, and Vacation Bible School, waiting for the exciting day he could join the youth group and be allowed to eat their Sunday donuts.

In 5th grade, he transferred to Bunche Elementary. In 6th was able to join Orchestra and was working hard to learn the Cello. Having just played his first concert on December 4th he was thrilled to have both his parents there to enjoy the music and watch he and his brothers play. He enjoyed the opportunity to be moved up into the boy scout troop with his big brothers and being able to go to all the scout outings, following in Oran’s footsteps and going to lots of scout camps. This past summer, he got the chance to visit Australia where the highlights of his time included a chance to go the Crocodile Hunter’s Zoo and playing in the waves of the ocean. During his recent trip to Great Wolf Lodge, Reubin welded his wand to fight the dragon with his mother, played in the pool with his siblings, and flew down the water slides with the goofy grin so often plastered on his face.

Reubin’s free time was mostly spent with his cousins and brothers in Midland. Whether he was watching YouTube, playing video games, or having nerf wars there was always fun to be had. He worked hard to have good grades with the hope of being able to go to Early College High School like his big sister and possibly become a Geologist like his dad. Reubin hugged everyone he met, bear hugged those he loved, and always gave extra hugs and cuddles to his beloved mother. He cherished the nightly prayers he shared with his mom, calling her daily whenever he was away. Reubin’s loving and radiant personality brightened any room. On December 21st, 2018, Reubin went to be with the Lord. He joins his grandfather Alan Graham, and all his great grandparents. He leaves behind sister Kayla, brothers Oran and Micah, mother Tara Close of Midland, Texas and father Aaron Close of Sealy, Texas. He is survived by his grandparents Vernon and Kathryn Close of Springfield, Colorado and Lisa Graham of Midland Texas, 7 Aunts and 7 Uncles, 27 cousins and numerous other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be at Midland Bible Church, 5900 Whitman Drive on Thursday December 27th from 6:00 - 8:00pm. Services will also be at Midland Bible Church, Friday December 28th at 11:00am, with burial to follow at American Heritage Cemetery, FM 1788, Midland, TX at 2:00pm

Contributions may be made to Boy Scout Troop 175 in Midland or the family requests that you bring a wrapped Christmas present to the Church in lieu of flowers.


  • Boy Scout Troop 175


  • Visitation Thursday, December 27, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, December 28, 2018
  • Burial Friday, December 28, 2018

Reubin Ray Close

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Jennifer McDuffie

January 8, 2019

I work in PTA at Bunche Elementary and I could always count on Reubin to help me with setting up tables or bringing in products. He impressed me immediately with his manners and how kind he was. Always a smile on his face and just a really nice young man with a wonderful spirit. . I will miss him dearly and I am so sad to hear if this loss.