Darryl Wayne Maddox


Darryl Wayne Maddox
Darryl Wayne Maddox

Darryl Wayne Maddox, 74, of Amarillo, Texas died on Tuesday, August 24, 2021, after a short illness. He was a loving husband, brother, and uncle to five nephews, plus he was always his own unique personality.

He was born on February 26, 1947, to Wilson Clifford (Bing) and Willie Lynn Maddox in Borger Texas. He received his education at West Texas State University with a BS in Geology and an MS in Physics. While he worked many years as an educator at both Amarillo College and West Texas A&M; his real love was fieldwork. He happily ended his professional career owning his own Mudlogging business which allowed him to use his in-depth knowledge of geology and oil exploration. He was proud of his patent for “Apparatuses and method for paleocurrent direction determination using reflected light.”

He is survived by his wife of 38 yrs, Patricia (Pat) Maddox; a sister, Lynn Schroth and husband George of Houston; nephews: Cameron, Clayton, and Connor Cook of Frisco, Texas; Kevin Dalley of Houston; and Brian Walts of Atlanta. Plus, Oreo his cat will dearly miss him.

He was an active member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church where he valued his Friday Men’s Group. He particularly enjoyed the magnificent organ as his first College major was in music.

Services will be held at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Amarillo, Texas on Friday, Aug 27, 2021, at 2:00 P.M. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd. The burial service will be livestreamed to Facebook, Youtube, and the St. Andrew’s website.








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In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the following organizations:

Storybridge: Dolly Parton Imagination Library. PO Box 50524, Amarillo, Texas 79159

BSA Hospice of the Southwest. HospiceSouthwest.com

Boynton Chapel UMC: Music Academy. 2812 Milby St Houston, Texas 77004  

14 Replies to “Darryl Wayne Maddox”

  1. Mr. Maddox was a professor of mine when I went to college at AC in 2003. I remember I had an event in my life transpire and he did everything in his power to help me be successful, which at the time I was not, but later I would go on to become a teacher myself and passionate student of geosciences, especially paleontology. I thought about him often over the years, despite having moved away from Amarillo area almost 20 years ago. I just decided to google him today and found out that he had passed away almost a year ago. He touched my life and he might not have even remembered me from all those years ago, but I certainly remember what an amazing professor and person he was. Thank you for everything, Darryl.

  2. I was so saddened to hear of Darryl’s passing. Darryl always had something interesting going on. It was an adventure working with him at AC. Prayers and blessings for peace to Pat and the family.

  3. To my Uncle Darryl – The conversations we had on science and the universe stuck with me for life and opened a world of learning for me. Just like Granddad Bing, you had a depth of knowledge that you were always willing to share and it was delivered with patience and wit. I can still hear your laugh and the sound of your voice as we discussed Skunkworks and Jovian chickens all those years ago. I hope your journey leads you to learn the knowledge and wonders of the greatest of creations. With love and appreciation, I wish you a peaceful journey Uncle Darryl.

  4. Sissy, Bill and I are so very sorry for your loss. Sure was a shock to us.
    Darryl was a quite, sweet man. He truly loved his work.

    We remember running in to ya’ll at Carlsbad caverns years ago. Although it seems like just yesterday. It was a pleasant surprise and gave us a little time to catch up.

    May God give you peace and comfort in the days ahead. You will always have your memories. I rely on mine a lot. Please let us know if you need anything. Love you always. Bill and Cheryl

  5. Darryl and I met and worked together at William’s Exploration decades ago, and we have remained best of friends and colleagues ever since. Darryl was an excellent, competent, minerals and hydrocarbon exploration geologist. I will miss his enthusiasm, persistence and optimism in all our many conversations, and cooperative efforts.
    Darryl is remembered for his friendship, loyalty, and integrity.
    I will miss him and think of him often.

    Andy and Carol Hampf

  6. Darryl Maddox was interested in everything And Darryl did not just scratch the surface on anything he saw as interesting. He dug deeply into it.. Some might say he would go overboard. But Darryl was a Renaissance Man. And that is what a Renaissance Man does.
    More than that, he was a loyal and true friend with who could have a reasoned discussion about any subject.

  7. Met Darryl at WT (Geology Dept.) in 1976. My first impressions were that he was a really “cool” guy and was extremely intelligent and knowledgeable in the field of Geology. He helped me on several occasions to understand geological concepts and mineral identification. I will never forget his kindness. The Lord has a seat for Darryl hear him at HIS Table. RIP.

  8. I’ve heard numerous times, “Life is short. Make good use of it.
    Or “Life is short. Try to make a positive lasting change for others.”
    Darryl has achieved both versions of these.

    That’s a tremendous accomplishment.
    I have felt his positive attitude and perseverance to help others.
    I expect many people who knew him have better attitudes than they would have had if they had not known him.

  9. So very sorry to hear of Darryl’s passing, I worked with him for many years at A.C. and went on many excursion in the field. We enjoyed many conversation over the years. All the best to Pat, and great blessings during this time.

  10. I am deeply saddened, hearing about Darryl’s passing. We had many great conversations about geology and all things science. You never knew what his next project was going to be, but whatever it was, he was extremely passionate about it. He will be greatly missed!

  11. You have our deepest sympathies in this difficult time. Sending our prayers and love. The Hollihan Family

  12. RIP Darryl, prayers for your families loss, May the Holy Spirit surround you with memories of Darryls Love and devotion.

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