David Allen Cargill

David Allen Cargill
David Allen Cargill

David Allen Cargill, 75, of Amarillo, TX passed away on July 23, 2023.

The funeral service will be at 3:00 PM, Tuesday, August 1, 2023, at First Christian Church. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors. 

David was born September 11, 1947, in Dallas, TX, to Grady and Louise Cargill. He graduated from Texas Tech University in 1970. While in graduate school, he was drafted into the United States Navy, where he proudly served. After his service, he completed his master’s degree at West Texas A&M University. David’s passion was always education and kids. He began his teaching career as a speech/debate teacher at Tascosa High School in Amarillo ISD. He later became an assistant principal at Tascosa. His first principalship was at Travis Middle School, and after several years, he became the principal of Amarillo High School. He later served as the Cluster Director for the Amarillo and Tascosa Clusters in AISD. After 33 years, David retired as the Personnel Director of AISD. He loved all his jobs and was always proud of the students, faculty, and staff he had the privilege to work with. Upon his retirement, he served as the UIL District Chairman for District 3-5A, which enabled him to stay in contact with many of the people he worked with over the years.

David was a longtime member of First Christian Church where he lovingly served as deacon, elder and Chairman of the Board.

David is survived by his wife, Camille Cargill; his son Derek Cargill and wife, Shanna of Haslet, TX; his daughter, Casey and husband, Shane Newman of Amarillo; and the light of his life; his grandchildren, Addison, Jackson, and Payton. 

A visitation will be on Monday, July 31, from 5:30—7:00 p.m. at Boxwell Funeral Home. Online condolences may be shared at www.boxwellbrothers.com

33 Replies to “David Allen Cargill”

  1. Sadly, most teachers and administrators will never know the impact they had on young men and women in their formative years. David was a role model and influencer in his years at Tascosa and gently shepherded many of us through those years. I will remember him, his smile, leadership and words of encouragement to a much younger me. See you on the other side, Mr. Cargill. JPS

  2. My Uncle,
    I have fond childhood memories of your visits through the years on holidays. My mom always talked so highly about you and loved you so dearly. You will be missed so much but I am thankful my mom and Grandma have you with them. I always have been proud to call you my uncle your success and love was shared by so many. May you rest in peace till we see you again.

  3. My rock is gone. Although the years and the miles separated us, you were always there for me when I needed you. When our daddy died, walking me down the aisle when I got married, when the twins were born…you were even there for my 50th birthday and when Aimee got married. We never talked much, but it was comforting to me to know you were always there and if I truly needed you, you would come. You taught me so much. Until we meet again….

  4. Our condolences to Camille and family. David always had a smile and warm words each Sunday while we attended FCC. May he rest in peace.

    Ruby & Lew Kuhmichel

  5. Mr. Cargill was one of the first faces I saw daily at Travis as I entered the doors with my mom. While he was her boss, he was my principal. His humor often tried to defuse my teenage attitude. He and my mom worked at AHS later as well, but by then, I would want to stop by to see him. What an impact he had on me without my knowledge. His fairness, humor and giving attributes were all traits I try to have in my classroom. I believe that my influencers, like him, were my subtle guides on how to be the best educator. I was fortunate enough to know him outside of school as well and I was truly blessed. Thank you for putting up with teenage me, as I raise a daughter, I realize we often need all the village members we can get to survive the journey.

  6. Camille and family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss of David. He was such a kind and supportive friend. He touched so many lives in a positive way.

  7. Bless you Camille David was a great principal for 3 Clays Fun times in Hawaii with you both with the AHS Band So sorry for your loss dear Camille Honored to know you both Thankful for his dedication to my students
    San Wendy Tad Marcus Clay

  8. Tascosa High School should be ever grateful for Mr. Cargill. Go Rebels! He was the consummate mentor to many young minds; assistant principal, speech coach, student council sponsor and encouraged successfully in bringing back homecoming in 1979 after more than a decade of absence. His grace, compassion and gratitude will ever shine! Thank you David for your sincere encouragement along the way. May you find the Lord’s arms wrapped around you my friend!

  9. So sorry to hear about the loss of David. He was such a good guy and will be missed. Love to Camille and family.

  10. So sorry to hear this loss! Camille I know your pain and wish many prayers to you and your family.
    David was a super guy and such an outstanding mentor.

  11. Amarillo ISD was blessed to have such a wonderful leader as Mr. Cargill. I had tremendous respect for him. I’m grateful to have been a part of a district with leaders of character and professionalship such as his.

  12. Camille and family, I am so sorry for your loss. David was my favorite boss, my favorite principal, full of ideas and energy and laughs. I will always think of him as Mr. AHS.

  13. David was one of finest men I have ever known. He left a lasting impression on many many lives. God bless you Camille.

  14. David was a dedicated husband , father, and educator who touched so many lives with positive and encouraging words and actions. I admired his hard work and commitment for students and teachers. He was a great friend and mentor. My love and prayers for Camille and their sweet family. May God comfort your hearts with the dearest memories of David’s fun sense of humor and his kind heart. Always Jan

  15. Camille and family, we are so very sorry to hear of David’s passing. He was a great man and always so nice. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Pat and Jim Knight

  16. We were so sorry to hear about loss of Mr Cargill.
    My FIL, Kerry Bowling, and husband, Shay, always spoke so highly of him. We also got to play tennis with him years ago. He was always so kind. He will be missed. Prayers for your family.

  17. My condolences to all the family and praying for all. I met and worked with David from the beginning of his educational career and know he was a positive influence for many students. May he rest in peace.

  18. Uncle David,
    So sad to hear of your passing. You and Mom can now pick on each other again!
    You were always such a fun inspiration to be around. I love you. Give mom and Grandama a hug for me!

  19. Mr. Cargill was the principal at Travis when I attended school there. I don’t remember him raising his voice to yell at anybody and he always seemed like a fair person who would listen to all sides of any situation.
    I pray that God grants Mr. Cargill’s loved ones comfort and peace.

  20. Mr. Cargill watched over so many of us that needed extra guidance. He was patient (very patient) and kind. I have many fond memories from my high school years. He will be missed.

  21. So sorry to hear about David. Shirley and I will keep your family in our prayers. I had the privilege of teaching and coaching under David at Travis Junior High . David was a good person and I know he will be missed. God bless.

  22. I was deeply saddened to hear of David’s passing. A great man taken too soon. He was a wonderful Principal to our son , a faithful fellow church member and the best neighbor a person could ask for. Camille our prayers are with you and the family.

  23. Cousin David, I have sooo many memories of you when I was young. You were so mean to me, ( in a playful way). Then when I grew up and you married Camille, you became sweet. I guess she had her hands full! I send my prayers and condolences to all the family. I love you all, and this really saddened my heart. I know he’s in Heaven horseplaying with my dad, so if you hear rumbling noises, just know that’s them!! Love to all!

  24. R.I.P. David had a lot of fun growing up with you. I am very proud to have had you for a step brother

  25. I’m shocked and so very saddened with this news. Oh the fun memories spent with David and Camille and kids. We were fortunate to share church and raise our kids together. David was a champ at putting challenges in a positive perspective. People were his calling and he blessed so many. My love and prayers are with all of you. Hugs, Becky Houghton

  26. I am so sorry to hear of David’s passing. Camille, my prayers are for you and your family during this time of grief and loss…

  27. I have so many great memories of David. I met him in 1979, when I came to
    Tascosa. At our first dance of the year, I met Camille, who was at PD at that time. Later they married . I teased him about how he married up lol. One day my room was next door to book room and I heard a knocking and he had locked himself in side the book room. We laughed about that for years and I never let him forget it!!! I really cared and had tremendous respect for David!!

  28. I had the great honor of knowing David and Camille Cargill as a high school student. I am sorry for your loss.

  29. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Mr. Cargill. Mrs. Cargill, I pray that you and your family find peace and comfort in the Lord!

    Carole Benson Hamlin

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