Arthur Ray Tupin, 81, of Amarillo, TX died Wednesday, April 5, 2023.
Visitation will be from 6-7:00 P.M., Monday, April 10, 2023 at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home, 2800 Paramount Blvd. Services will be at 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, April 11, 2023, in the Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Murray Gossett, First Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial will follow in Llano Cemetery. Military Rites will be provided by Volleys for Veterans. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors.
Arthur was born December 15, 1941, in Amarillo, TX to Louis and Bettie (Elkins) Tupin Jr. He was a member of the 1960 graduating class of Palo Duro High School. Arthur married Charla Wells in May 1960.
Arthur had a law enforcement career spanning thirty-five years. He worked for both the Amarillo Police Department and Potter County Sheriff’s Office, as well as criminal investigator for Potter County Attorney’s Office. Arthur held an instructor’s certificate from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education. In 1993, he was a member of the 174th Session of the FBI National Academy. He held every rank for the Potter County Sheriff’s Office, eventually achieving the rank of Chief Deputy which he retired in 2000. He was twice awarded Officer of the Year from Amarillo Optimist Club for service to the community.
In his spare time, Arthur enjoyed working beautiful jigsaw puzzles and reading, especially books on history.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Bettie Tupin; his son, Arthur Ray Tupin, Jr.; and brother, Randy Tupin.
Survivors include his wife of sixty-three years, Charla Tupin, of Amarillo, TX; a son, Scott Tupin and his fiancée, Lynette Wheat Perry, of Amarillo, TX; granddaughter, Abby Shelton, of Denton, TX; granddaughter, Cassie and husband Brooks Vanlandingham, of Trophy Club, TX; granddaughter, Lacy and husband John Conness, of Amarillo, TX; granddaughter, Chloe and husband Cody Galbreath, of Haslet, TX; granddaughter, Bailey Tupin, of Garland, TX; great-grandchildren, Charley Grace Shelton, of Denton, TX, Barron and Calvin Vanlandingham, of Trophy Club, TX, Kenzlee, Kennedy, Hayden, Bentlee, and Bailor Conness, of Amarillo, TX, Gage and Sadie Galbreath, of Haslet, TX; and numerous other family members and friends.
The family would like to thank AccentCare Hospice for their ongoing support, guidance, courtesy and respect.
11 Replies to “Arthur Ray Tupin”
It was an honor and pleasure to for for you Chief. I always remember hearing your laugh coming down the hallway to our office. Rest easy Chief, you’ve done your tour.
RIP Chief. It was an honor and privilege learning from you and working with you. God Speed sir🙏🙏🙏
Our love to the family for our loss of this wonderful Cousin of ours. RIP Butch Tupin. Thanks for being you, a great friend and Cousin. We all will miss you.
Scott and Lynette please accept our sincere condolences in the loss of your dad. May you feel the peace and comfort that God provides.
Scott, everyone from Lubbock Airgas sends prayers and condolences for you and your family
RIP Chief, I enjoyed working for, and with you. You always backed your troops.
RIP Chief it was a honor to work with you so many years. I remember the ride to your house on the day of your retirement. Great memories for sure. God Speed
Was a great honor to work with you
Rest In Peace Mr. Tupin, I enjoyed our many talks while I was cutting your hair & shaving you!
I remember Art from way back when he was one of my coaches for Kids Inc football. He worked with my dad, Bobby H. Wilson, at Potter County. I started working there as he was retiring. He will be missed. My prayers are with his family and loved ones.
RIP Chief! Always kind and supportive of his troops.