Donnie Ray Sarrett

Donnie Ray SarrettDonnie Sarrett, 64, of Amarillo passed away Thursday, June 25th surrounded by the people that loved him, and he loved.

How do you even begin to write in such a short space enough about such an irreplaceable person? Devoted husband, dedicated father, and one-of-a-kind Papa, Donnie impacted everyone’s life he came across. Even the strangers he’d always talk a little too long to.

He was born in Amarillo, TX to parents Louie G. and LaVerne Sarrett on September 8th, 1955.

Donnie married the love of his life, Paula, on August 9th, 1984. He was practically giddy when he first told his friend that he went out on a date with her. They were married 35 wonderful years, were best friends, and set an example to everyone what real love is. Like, being a father and taking in Jessica and Trent, and loving them as much as Amanda and Brittany.

He was a pipefitter and plumber at Pantex for 26 years, earning the nickname “Lightning.”

He took fashion cues from no one. Odds are good you’d see him in a rock ‘n’ roll shirt and some jeans, paired with his signature Bell Helmet cabbie hat he wore because a band member of AC/DC wore the same thing.

He loved to go fishing. His place was by the water, by his family, and by a tackle box. He taught his children and grandkids the ins and outs of rods and reels. Alice Cooper was his spirit animal. Donnie always thought he was 18, cranked his songs louder than he should have, and even got a tattoo that says “School’s Out.”

He will be remembered as a loving father, a husband like no other, a true friend to his many friends, a rock ‘n’ roll guru, a fishing addict, and a truly incredible Papa.

Services will be held at 2:00  on Tuesday, June 30th at Boxwell Brothers, 2800 Paramount Blvd. He was a member of Paramount Baptist Church, who will be officiating the services.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 6:30, Monday, the 29th, at the funeral home.

He’s survived by his beloved wife, Paula, his children, Jessica Ornelas and husband Jason, Amanda Sarrett and fiancé Brett Robertson, Brittany Sarrett and boyfriend Shea Hunter, and son Trent Teague and wife Jessica,  and his grandchildren, Jayce, Liam, and Jaxon.

His surviving siblings are Butch Sarrett and Linda Oltmanns of Amarillo, Joy Everett of Lubbock, and Jenelle Goforth of Austin.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the American Cancer Society or charity of your choice.

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11 Replies to “Donnie Ray Sarrett”

  1. To the Sarrett Family so sorry for your Loss . I ( Beau) enjoyed working with Donnie, Prayers to the Family

  2. Dearest Paula and family. our hearts and minds are with you these days as you do some of the hardest things in the whole world. May you have peace and comfort as you go through these times and know that we are with you in prayer and spirit. We enjoyed Donnie so much at all of our gatherings and know that he found his place a Ute Park, a place of solace and joy. May you and your family hold on to that Joy in your precious memories that you will treasure from now on. May God’s peace be with you today and always. May His comfort guide you as well.

  3. Good man and friend. Rest In Peace Donnie. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Sarrett family.God Bless

  4. Way too soon! Sad that he did not have time to do everything he had planned after retirement. Donnie will be missed. May God bless his family and help them through.

  5. I met Donnie a few years ago at the Donut Stop on Grand avenue, and enjoyed his visits there with his brother Butch. I never knew if Donnie would show up on his motorcycle…or his red sports car.
    I would complain to Donnie about parking his bright red car right in front …causing my cataracts to grow larger.
    Even though we weren’t close friends, I considered donnie my friend…and he will be missed.

  6. Paula and all the family, we are so heartbroken to hear that Donnie passed away. We’re praying for you all during this difficult and painful time. May the Peace of God that passes all understanding be yours today and the days ahead. Remember you are not alone. Jesus said He would never leave us or forsake us. He has our back. He is a friend that sticks closer than a brother and he’s there when you just mention His name. If we were able to be with you all we’d hug each one up and let you know we love you and hurt with you. We may not know the why of loosing a loved one unexpectedly, but we can trust in a God that knows and cares about you very much. That one day everybody that asked/asks Jesus to be their savior will be reunited for all eternity with Christ and our loved ones in Heaven. There will be no more death, crying or pain. Thank God for His peace and rest. God bless each one of you. We love you and will continue to pray for comfort for you all. Paula we’ll be in touch sweetie. You hang in there. 😘♥️🙏🏻

  7. Paula I am so very sorry for the loss of Donnie. Hugs and prayers to you and your family. May God hold y’all tight during this time.

    Steve and Tammie Bush

  8. So sorry to hear of the loss of Donnie. He was a good friend and will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.

  9. So sorry to hear of the loss of Donnie. He was a great friend .Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.

  10. Oh, Paula. Dianna just sent the news. I am so sorry to hear this. We will keep you in our prayers. This is not an easy time, but we ask that God give you peace as you mourn his passing.

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