Dwayne “Mac” McMinn

Dwayne "Mac" McMinn
Dwayne “Mac” McMinn

Dwayne “Mac” McMinn whose favorite names were Dad, Mac, grandpa and grandpa Mac passed away in his sleep in his favorite chair on Friday, February 11th, 2022.

Memorial services will be at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, February 15, 2022, in First Presbyterian Church with Dr. Murray Gossett officiating.  Private burial will be in Llano Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Dwayne was a loved and respected man who was born on December 21st, 1934, in Amarillo to William Leland McMinn and Ella Mae Moon.   He was a life-long resident of Amarillo, Tx.

In 1952, while a junior at Amarillo High School, he joined the Navy Reserves (SeaBees).  After graduating Amarillo High School he went active duty in 1954 and was stationed in the Marshall Islands and Philippines until 1956.   The same year he went to Amarillo College.  He attended West Texas State University and received his Bachelor’s degree in Science.     After finishing college, he set his sights on his soulmate Kay Kendrick and got married in October of 1959.  They were married for 57 years.

After dabbling in construction since the 1980’s building houses all his life and spending 35 years as a computer programmer on the IBM main frames he retired in 2000, but let’s face it, he still had a burning passion for building homes and continued to build, as-long-as he was able.      Coming from a large family, he understood the value of being a patriarch.

At 87 years old he was still full of life, love and joy. Raising three daughters who excelled in their professions, Kim, Molly and Meredith, seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.   Dwayne was fun-loving, adventurous, competitive and all in with everything he did.   He played golf, dominos, bridge and of course a huge fan of the football team the Texas Longhorns. Dwayne and Kay shared a lot of activities together such as square dancing, bridge, symphony, traveling abroad and much more. Founded in 1967, Mac was a Charter Member of the Amarillo Handball Club. Another one of his many passions. He would always bring his girls down to the Y to watch him play. After the games Dwayne would let them come down to the courts and hit the handballs around. He had such a good swing in golf that in 2002 he hit his first career Hole in One on Hole #7 at 175 yards with his 7 iron at the Canyon Country Club. He had so much to do during his life it was almost impossible to keep up.  Every Christmas Eve the whole family would gather in the living room and he would have trivia questions. Whoever got it correct, got the notorious two-dollar bill.

He has a collection of badges that range from U.S. Marshall’s, Arizona Ranger, Special Deputy Sheriff Sonoma County, El Paso City Marshall to name a few. In Dwayne’s final days he loved to spoil his great-grandchildren with books, two-dollar bills and they never got thumped.

He was preceded in death by his wife Kay McMinn in 2016 and a grandson, Austin Carter in 2005.

Mac is survived by three daughters, Kim Meadors and husband Kevin; Molly McMinn; and Meredith McMinn, all of Amarillo; his special friend, Allee Bass, of Amarillo; two sisters, LaVerne Black of Amarillo and Deanna Hyatt of Fairview, TX; six grandchildren, Chase, Chad, Landon, River, Dakota and Lily; and seven great-grandchildren.

Though his passing was unexpected, please keep him in all of your thoughts and prayers as we lay him to rest. We will always love you Dad, Mac, Grandpa and Grandpa Mac!

 

13 Replies to “Dwayne “Mac” McMinn”

  1. I was saddened and upset to hear about Dwayne. He was a really great guy and I felt lucky to consider him my friend. We had many great times cheering on our Longhorns and just talking about anything and everything. He was a true gentleman. I know he loved his family very deeply. My thoughts and prayers are with all of them right now.

  2. Dwayne and I go back several years when he was working for Cattle Development Corporation and I was working for Keystone Foods. We were both programmers at the time and worked on several projects together. Dwayne was always fun loving and always had a comment to whatever you said. We were able to spend a week together in California at a conference and managed to get in 2-3 days of golf at Torrey Pines. I always kidded Dwayne about his long drives were because there are no trees in Amarillo. Recently, during our texting, he was telling me how his golf game had improved and he was shooting his age. I will greatly miss our texting one another as I really enjoyed his ‘wise cracks’. Prayers for the family and God Bless Dwayne.

  3. I talked to Dwayne early last week–as usual, a delight–telling me about keeping warm during the cold spell. I was a little-girl dear friend of Kay’s (our mothers were high school friends) and at their wedding. Later we were neighbors as well–and the friendship flourished all of our lives. A much loved man, a life well-lived.

  4. Rip dear Dywane..you made all those years at maywood so interesting and fun now the world will be a little duller and the laughs quieter. But I know you will surely brighten the heavens with your infectious smile.
    Fran

  5. Kay was a distant cousin of mine and that’s how I got to know Dwayne. What a privilege. He was so very special to me. The last time I saw him I called and asked if we could meet at Blue Sky for lunch and visit. He asked if he could bring a friend and yes, it was Allee. I so enjoyed that day and will treasure it in my memories. He was indeed a very special man and he will be truly missed. Love and prayers to his family and Allee.
    Susan Allen Pando

  6. Uncle Mac you’re smile and levelheaded way about things would calm anything from Christmas to Thanksgiving chaos!! I will miss your smiles and golf stories. I wish you and Daddy could’ve played more. You’re truly a classic and will be missed. I love you Uncle Mac.

  7. Dwayne was a true gentle man. He was the best of the very best. He was every thing that a man should be. During the 31 years that I worked for Kay I was honored to get to know Dwayne. Every visit with him was an adventure of wisdom, wit & mischief. He and Kay will live in my heart forever.

  8. I was very fortunate to know Dwayne.
    What a great man.
    Will miss playing our little inside games at coffee.
    RIP😍✌️👍

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