Dave Tedrick


Dave Tedrick
Dave Tedrick

Dave Tedrick, 64, of Amarillo, TX passed away on June 1, 2021.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 P.M. – 6:30 P.M., Friday, June 4, 2021, at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home, 2800 Paramount Blvd. Military Honors will be provided by Volleys for Veterans. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, Amarillo.

Dave was born on August 8, 1956, in Torrance, CA, to Wayne and Betty Tedrick. He has been a resident of Amarillo, TX for twenty-nine years.

Dave was a proud soldier of the United States Army for six years, going into the reserves upon returning to the United States. He was stationed in Germany and Korea during the Vietnam War, twice. He received the National Defense Service medal and became a sharpshooter in rifles, an M 16. He was also a personal carrier driver and drove M 35 series 2 and a ½ ton military trucks. He was a proud lifetime member of the VFW. While in the service, he was also awarded the Good Conduct Medal.

After returning to the states, he spent time in California, Louisiana, and Arizona. He was a Forest Firefighter in Northern California, often getting animals from the fire to the communes. He was a specialized welder in a cannery and RV production facility and a European Auto Mechanic in Monterey Bay also. He was fortunate to return cars to celebrity homes, i.e., Walter Matthau. After returning to Arizona, he trimmed palm trees, jumping from tree to tree, and transplanted saguaro cacti and palm trees. He started school in Phoenix, AZ and began working in the Physical Rehabilitation Department at the Carl T. Hayden VA. Dave had 48 years of federal service. Dave met his wife, Debra, there and they moved to Amarillo, TX to be closer to her aging parents. They both transferred to Thomas E. Creek VA. Dave attended Amarillo College and became a certified occupational therapy assistant. He was still working at the VA upon his death. He enjoyed working at the VA because he wanted to do the most he could for his fellow veterans, which he called a cause.

Dave and Debra raised their son, Trevor, in Amarillo, TX. Dave was always active in his son’s activities. He volunteered in Boy Scouts, Paramount Terrace Christian Church Youth Groups, and Hillside Christian Church Youth Groups. He ventured with these groups to El Porvenir Christian Camp in New Mexico, the Believe Christian Youth Conference in Oklahoma and Texas, Mount Rushmore, Sea Base in Florida, and Canoe Base in Minnesota.

Dave enjoyed going on ski trips, to the fishery in New Mexico, and to Knotts Berry Farm, all with his son. He accompanied his father-in-law, WWII Veteran, Roy Ehly, for the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.

Besides being an advocate for his fellow veterans, he wanted to help other people without acknowledgment. Dave never met a stranger in his lifetime. He had a heart for people, doing anything and everything he could for those in need. As a good friend, Andrea Walker, once said, “Dave was a steadfast friend for all he met, dedicated to his family, always open to new adventures, never steered from a challenge, loved remodel opportunities, and fought for what was right. The spark in his eye and musical laugh brought joy to each person he visited. The world lost a friend, and his Veteran comrades an advocate.”

He was preceded in death by both of his parents, Wayne and Betty, as well as a stillborn twin sister.

Survivors include his wife, Debra Tedrick, of Amarillo, TX; son, Trevor Tedrick and wife Kaitlyn, of Amarillo, TX; sister, Marty Balmer, of IN; brother, Wayne Jr. Tedrick and wife Linda, of IN; niece, Michelle and husband Art of WA; niece, Tammy and husband James of Spain; nephew, Danny and wife Sai of Thailand; and many friends who became family.

Donations can be made in his name to 24 Hours in the Canyon, 6600 Killgore Drive, Amarillo, TX 79106, or Volleys for Veterans, 4209 S. Hayden, Amarillo, TX 79110.

11 Replies to “Dave Tedrick”

  1. Debbie and family,
    My deepest condolences as you grieve the loss of husband and father. No one could top Dave’s “can do” attitude here at the VA. He will be missed. Well done, good and faithful servant. Keeping you in my prayers during this difficult time.

  2. Debbie & family: I was so sorry to hear about Dave’s sudden passing. I enjoyed working with him at the VA nursing home, and he was always so cheerful and helpful to anyone that knew him. He truly enjoyed working with the Veterans here and was a blessing to all that knew him. He will be missed. May God wrap His arms around you and give you comfort in the days ahead. Sending my deepest sympathy to you and your family.

  3. Debbie, my deepest condolences to you and your family. I will always remember Dave. You are in my prayers.

  4. Debra:
    Im so sorry for your loss. Dave will be missed and a wonderful man.
    It will take time to heal but you never will forget Dave..

  5. Dear Debbie,
    Please accept my deepest sympathy and condolences on your loss. Dave was a hardworking, sincere, calm and friendly person.
    VA is at loss. Dave was a asset to VA. He was gentle with Nursing Home Residents. We will miss him. Take care. Will stay in touch.
    Love , Dr. K

  6. Debbie so sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers for peace and comfort for you and your family. David was a great guy and Amarillo Veterans and staff were so blessed when he came to our VA. Everyone who knew him had a friend.

    1. Seemed I saw David about every morning when I worked at NHA.
      He was always friendly and kind. Enjoyed our occasional chats. Even recently when we’d occasionally run into each other at the VA we stop and greet each other. I just found out tonight and hated to hear this. My Debra receive comfort and peace in this difficult time.

  7. Debbie,
    I am so sorry for your loss. We will miss the humor and pranks that provided a break in our work day. Dave always made a point of coming by to say “hello”, and if we were not in the office, we knew he had stopped by because something on our desk would be rearranged or a chair would be cranked up or way down.
    I appreciated you checking in on me during my cancer treatment and I would love to return the favor during this time of loss.

  8. So sorry to hear about your father. They say that time heals. I hope it does. Im praying for you, Kaitlyn and your Mother. Should she wants to talk to someone, she can call me

  9. I was honored & blessed to call David not only my neighbor next door, but my friend. I can’t begin to tell you the times he has helped me… and my Granddaughter Marlee! Just like week I asked him if he could fix the pedal on Marlee’s bike… of course he did!! Had it back in 30 minutes. She was crazy about David! Where you going Marlee? I’m going back to see what David is doing!
    I sometimes called him “ Mr. Wilson” yes we talked over the fence! My family is going to miss him.. a lot. Over the last 15 years he has been a steady wave of Hello Neighbor. David it’s been my blessing to have you as my neighbor and as our friend💔
    Pat & Becky Powell,
    Michael & Marlee Webb

  10. Dave was a great neighbor and wonderful friend. All it took was a short phone call and he was at our house to help.

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