David Duane Foard

David Duane Foard
David Duane Foard

David Duane Foard, 83, of Amarillo, TX, died June 7, 2021.

Graveside services will be 10:00 AM, Thursday, June 10, 2021, at Llano East Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

David Duane Foard was born on November 1, 1937, in Hollis, Oklahoma and died on June 7, 2021, in Amarillo, Texas. He started school in Carey, Texas and graduated high school from Memphis, Texas. He attended Clarendon College, Amarillo College, and graduated from West Texas State University.

He thought that the draft had forgotten him but a few days before his birthday, he got his notice. He promptly joined the Air Force and spent all four years at the Amarillo Air Force Base and played in the Air Force Band. He enjoyed those four years and made life long friends.

He met Marilyn Hunter while in the Air Force Band and they got married as soon as he was discharged. They just celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary on June 6th.

He was a printer before joining the Air Force and continued in that occupation after getting married. He then decided to go back to college and that is when he started attending West Texas State University where he got a degree in accounting.  He worked in accounting for Franklin Laboratories and for the City of Amarillo. An opportunity opened for him to buy a real estate advertising publication and that eventually became The Real Estate Book. He owned and operated it until his retirement in 2012.

Because of health problems, he spent his retirement years enjoying his favorite TV shows and keeping up with family and friends through email and social media on the internet. He also enjoyed jigsaw puzzles and crossword puzzles and always had to do them daily.

e was preceded in death by his only son, Orin David Foard, and his parents, David Pratt Foard and Lela Gravley Foard. He is survived by his wife Marilyn and two grandsons, Xander Foard and Cade Foard, and numerous cousins and sisters-in law and brother-in law.

He was a member of the Amarillo Masonic Lodge #731, the Scottish Rite of Lubbock, and the Khiva Shrine Temple. There will be a private family Masonic service at Llano Cemetery at 10am on Thursday morning, June 10, 2021.

In lieu of flowers or just as a memorial, please send memorial gifts to the Amarillo Symphony, 301 S. Polk St #700, Amarillo, TX 79101. Please specify for the Orin Foard Double Bass Memorial Scholarship. Gifts will go to the Youth Symphony and will be used to help deserving double bass students afford the registration in order to play in the Youth Symphony.




4 Replies to “David Duane Foard”

  1. Marilyn, We were so sorry to hear about Dave and also that he had medical issues during his retirement. Dave and I were good friends during Collage at West Texas University and even competed for accounting jobs after graduation. He will always be remembered for His musical talents. I have been retired since 2009 and Vicki and I moved to Granbury (Pecan Plantation) in 2011. We miss Amarillo and often think about our friends there . Our contact information is home phone 682 205 3722 my cell phone is 817 219 5273 and 5526 Wedgefield Rd , Granbury TX 76049 Sincerely, Charles and Vicki Eaton

  2. Marilyn,
    We were sorry to read that David had medical issues during his retirement . David and I were close during our years at West Texas and had similar interest and competed for accounting jobs once we graduated. Vicki and I retired in 2009 and moved to Granbury in 2011 and have been here since. My email is caeaton55@gmail.com and phone is 817 219 5273 or 682 205 3722 (land line). Wish you peace and happiness in your future and hope to hear from you. Sincerely, Charles Eaton

  3. You know how much I love you and Dave, Marilyn. Dave was such a nice, friendly, and honorable guy. I can hear his chuckle when I think about him! And a fighter for his life…..! I don’t imagine that he ever complained about his increasingly-short straw of life. What a wonderful partner you chose.

  4. Marilyn, Xander, and Cade,
    Our deepest sympathies are with you during this sad time. David is in a happier place and Orin is taking care of him. God bless all of you!

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