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.