Damon Matthew Whaley


Damon Matthew Whaley
Damon Matthew Whaley

Damon Matthew Whaley, 39, of Dalhart, Texas passed away on April 22, 2022.

Services will be at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, April 26, 2022, at First Baptist Church in Dalhart, Texas with Robert Ledbetter and Dean Whaley officiating. Burial will be at 3:00 P.M., Tuesday, April 26, 2022, at Palo Duro Cemetery in Wildorado, Texas. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Damon Matthew Whaley was born to Dean and Debbie Whaley on August 18, 1982, in Ada, Oklahoma. He attended school in Pampa, Texas, Las Vegas, Nevada and Dalhart, Texas where he formed lasting friendships. Shortly after high school, Damon got a taste of the entertainment business and traveled around the United States with a well-known Christian entertainer. It didn’t take long for Damon to become the star and he began performing on his own and produced his first CD. Most people are familiar with Damon by his many impressions or charismatic performance of Great Balls of Fire. In his late 20’s, Damon decided he needed to grow up and get a “real” job and went into the IT business. He worked for Coon Memorial Hospital for twelve years and has been the IT Manager for JBS for over three years. But Damon never gave up his passion for life. He was an avid collector and could always find a hidden gem when everyone else would see junk. His musical talents continued as he played in various bands, but he has always stolen the show with his incredible piano skills and larger than life personality. He was a loyal son and brother and was always there to help in any capacity.

A while back, Damon was fortunate enough to meet the love of his life, Jennifer Wheaton. He had plans to marry her and be a stepfather to her three sons, Keelan, Lane, and Ryder. People who know him well say that this was the happiest they’ve seen him.

Damon was preceded in death by his grandparents, Dean and Margaret Whaley, Juanita Grantham and Frank Balko. He is survived by his parents, Dean and Debbie Whaley; a brother, Dustin Whaley; a sister, Dionne Whaley Lott; a niece, Karson Lott; a nephew, Keller Lott; and a host of relatives and friends.

In Damon’s brief 39 years, he LIVED life. If he pursued something, he gave it everything he had. He loved all people, young and old. He always had a joke, a funny story, or an impression to brighten your day. To know Damon is to love him. We lost one of the brightest lights to ever walk among us the day God took him home. Damon, life will never be the same without you.

Viewing will be available from Noon – 8:00 P.M., Sunday, April 24, 2022, at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home in Amarillo, 2800 Paramount Blvd., and from Noon – 6:00 P.M., Monday, April 25, 2022, at Horizon Funeral Home in Dalhart, 701 Elm Ave.

The service will be live streamed on the Facebook page of First Baptist Church Dalhart: https://m.facebook.com/fbcdalhart

44 Replies to “Damon Matthew Whaley”

  1. Dean and Debbie and family, Sara and I just found out about Damon’s passing, and we’re so sorry for your loss. What a fine and talented gentleman Damon was, and I know you were extremely proud of him! Sara said he was absolutely one of her favorite students in the fifth grade at Austin Elementary. Our thoughts and prayers are with you always, and may God’s richest blessings be poured out on you!

    Doug and Sara Carmichael

  2. I never got to meet Damon, but my late sister-in-law. Connie Harwood, said he was extremely talented with the piano and his comedy. (I can still hear her laugh) She saw him perform at the Oldham County Chamber of Commerce banquet years ago. I am very sorry for your loss

  3. Dean, Debbie and family—my deepest condolences to you both and your family. I only met Damon a couple of times, but his love for you both was so evident. May God’s strength be with you all at this time.

  4. Jr (Dean) and Debbie, Dustin and Dionne, after reading the obituary for Damon, it makes me realize how much I’ve missed by not having been around him (and all of you) in a long time. It seems that he loved life and lived it to the fullest. My heart breaks for all of you. I watched part of the service this morning. We’re on our way to a granddaughter’s ballet recital in Dallas or we would have been there. Please know how much we love you and will continue to bathe you in prayers for peace and comfort. We’ll be in touch soon.

    1. Rest in peace my friend. We will miss your smiling face and the joy you brought to so many. May God receive you with open arms and give you that wonderful space in his mansion.

      God bless,

      Sam & Kenda Coffee

  5. I knew Damon through my sister Sallye Files there in Dalhart and through many melodrama’s. He was so talented and I know he wl be missed. God bless his family.

  6. Dean, Debbie & Family,
    We pray this for you. May you find strength and comfort in our Lord Jesus Christ.
    “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”
    Psalm 147:3

  7. There are no words for this kind of loss
    I am so sorry for your pain. Love to this
    beautiful family praying for your comfort.

  8. Dean and Debbie,

    Chett and I are so sorry about the loss of Damon . Heaven gained a wonderful person. He will truly be missed. Prayers for your family and his friends.
    Love ,
    Chett Shelly Coleman & Girls

  9. Damon’s passing is such a shock. My heart and prayers are with his family. He was amazingly talented. He performed for us at the Oldham County Chamber of Commerce banquet when I was with the Chamber. It was one of the best banquets we ever had. Damon was such a joy to work with and just made people happy any time they were with him.

  10. I first met Damon over a old cigar sign I had , it was a cool piece that got from a salvage job in Whiting Ia it had been shot up and weathered but that even made it even more desirable to Damon . He hounded me for at least 3 yrs about that sign ! Then he invited me to his place and as soon as I saw his passion , sold him the sign ! For I knew it was going to a very good home and the story behind it would be told ! Then after he met Jennifer he would visit the bowling alley regularly, then he started to bowl on leagues ! He was so funny to watch . He enjoyed everything he did ! He was so in love with Jennifer! Weeks ago at leagues he showed me the ring he was going to give her . He was just bursting with joy !! I’m so sorry for your loss!! Damon could brighten any room he walked into ! We will all miss him!!

  11. My deepest condolences to Mr. and Mrs. Whaley and family. I remember Damon when he enrolled into band at Grant Sawyer Middle School. He was a super talented young musician, playing trombone, piano and and loved to sing. He went from student to an adult friend and always made time to visit, or call when in Las Vegas. Damon was a ray of sunshine that made everyone smile and laugh. My God watch over him, take him where he needs to be, and watch over his family.

  12. Dean and Debbie, you’re in my thoughts and prayers, I’m so sorry for your loss of Damon. Love you and family, Jeri

  13. Dean and Debbie,
    We are so sorry for your loss. May God surround you with His love, peace, and healing. You and all your family are in our thoughts and prayers. We have fond memories of your family from your time living in Pampa. Love and prayers, Randy and Donna

  14. Dean and Debbie,
    We are heartbroken over your loss of Damon! We loved him and thought of him as another son. He was a good friend to Adam and Ryan. We’re praying for y’all.

  15. Still in shock over this tragedy…Deepest sympathy for your family and all your loved ones …you will be missed ..especially your laugh

  16. Dean and Debbie:
    How my heart hurts for you and your family. May you feel His Presence and His arms around you.

  17. Bigger than life and loved by all. I don’t know how many times I was in trouble and Damon was involved. My heart breaks for Dean and Debbie and family as well as Jennifer and her boys. May God comfort you all and help you find peace.

  18. Damon, you will forever be my Batman….I miss you so much and I know my dad does too. You were apart of our family no matter where you were. 🥺💔

  19. Damon, I always loved seeing you when you mailed something at the Post Office. I never saw you that you didn’t make me laugh. You always were a bright spot to my ordinary day.
    Blessings to your family.

  20. I worked with Damon at JBS for several years he was an outstanding IT professional I always considered him a friend and I looked forward to meeting him and drinking a cuppa coffee we worked on many IT projects together long days and long nights he was a great guy we had lots of fun joking around he always made me laugh and I’ll never forget him!

  21. Dear Dean and Debbie, Jack and I want you to know you and your family are in our prayers. We were shocked to hear about Damon. And know that words are very little comfort to you. But we pray that our loving you and thinking about you helps a little. We cannot imagine the pain you feel now, but we know God understands and will be with you each day. That is our most assured hope. We pray for your comfort and peace. We love you both, Jack and Linda

  22. To all the family: Words can’t express the pain I have for you guys. Just know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Our God will see you through this awful time. Just keep the faith and he will help you through this. Love and prayers to all.❤️🙏🏻🙏🏻

  23. Praying for the family. I briefly knew him from working at Barlette Lumber yard. I I I know he will be missed. Hugs and love to the family.

  24. Dean and Debbie

    So very sorry for the loss of your son. I didn’t have the pleasure of knowing him but he sounds like an amazing young man. Sending my love and prayers to you and your family.

  25. I’m so sorry for your loss. I have read so many beautiful stories about Damon. Praying for your broken hearts now and in the months to come.

  26. You will be missed. Haven’t seen you for quite a while since I don’t live in dalhart. You was always a character. Rest easy 💔

  27. Damon, I’m sorry I never met you. We’d have been fast friends, liking the same geeky things. Your facebook posts reveal a larger than life presence. I’m sorry I can’t be at your celebration of life, and I doubt there will be a seat in the building. God bless your parents and siblings. Having suffered the loss of two siblings, I know a little bit of the pain they are experiencing. May God comfort you at this time.
    Bill and Saphronia Whaley

  28. Dean and Debbie, I am so sorry. May the love and grace of God comfort you and the peace that passes all understanding be felt in your inner being even as you grieve.

  29. RIP Damon. Your memories will live on forever in all the lives you touched. Heaven gained a very talented soul and earth lost a funny, talented piano player and great friend to many! Rest easy in Gods arm and we will see you again some day. ❤️

  30. My deepest condolences to all his friends and family. He will be missed and may God see his loved ones through this difficult time.

  31. Dean and Debbie,
    With deepest sorrow, we want you to know that we are thinking of you & your family and that we “Care”. Dalhart will miss Damon and all his talents.
    Love you,
    Gary and Judy Heiskell

  32. We’re deeply sorry for your loss. Many prayers are being said for peace and comfort to blanket your family

  33. Dean I never had the chance to meet your son but have heard so many good things about him. I’m so sorry to hear about his accident. Sending prayers to you and your family.

  34. Oh man I still can’t believe your gone you definitely lived life to it’s fullest. Every time I go to an auction I will always think of you and remember the time you bought that whole pallet of old books for something like 25.00 and I asked you what in the heck are you going to do with all of those and I’ll be darned if you didn’t post one online and sell it for 100.00 before the sale was over!
    Rest easy Batman you touched so many lives. Prayers for your family.

  35. Damon,
    What an amazing human being you were. You were there for everyone else anytime they needed anything. You made everyone laugh with your charismatic self all around. You hold many memories in my mind but my fondest is sitting around the piano and writing a song with you Briana and Katie for our Sr. Class. We laughed as we tried to find the words to describe the years we spent together. Your talent forever amazes me and to know you and be blessed enough to share that special moment with you will forever touch my heart. Shine on and rock on in Heaven until we meet again, keep that piano seat warm until I get there to sing with you again. Love you friend.

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