It is with extreme sadness that we announce the passing of Keith Burl Wormsbaker, 86, of Amarillo, Texas. He passed away on February 10th 2022 in the privacy of his own home.
Keith was born on December 16th 1935 to Richard and Irene Wormsbaker in Amarillo, Texas. After Keith graduated from Amarillo High School in 1954 he went on to receive a Bachelor of Science Education with the primary focus of History at both Amarillo College and West Texas State University. While attending college he played baseball for both Amarillo College and West Texas before being drafted to play semi-pro baseball for the Cincinnati Reds organization.
After graduating from West Texas State in 1958, Keith enlisted in the United States Army and was discharged in 1961. Keith began his 34 year career in education soon after he served for our country. Keith started his career in education and took on the roles of principal and superintendent at Wildorado ISD in 1961. Keith then spent the majority of his teaching career at Amarillo ISD as a P.E coach and wrestling coach at Fannin Jr. High from 1965 to 1995.
Keith was well known all around the tri-state area as “Curley”, “Big Worm”, “Papa Worm”, and “Shaker”. Most of these come from his years playing fast-pitch softball, refereeing football, officiating basketball, and umpiring baseball for 35 years for both high school and college. Keith also taught driver’s education for 50 years.
In 1980, Keith was recognized by the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce Sports Committee for outstanding interest and support of sports in the Golden Spread Area. In 1991 he received the James Kile and Harlon Voyles Award from the Amarillo Basketball Officials Association. Keith also went on to become an Honorary Life member of the Amarillo Chapter Texas Association of Sports Officials in 2005.
In 1963 Keith married the love of his life, Jan Wormsbaker, and had four children: Shawna Thompson, Shannon Wormsbaker, Shayne Wormsbaker, and Shayla Scott.
He is survived by his four children Shawna and spouse Kyle, Shannon and spouse Jeni, Shayne and spouse Angie, Shayla and spouse Codie. Brother Gary Wormsbaker and spouse Kay Wormsbaker, brother-in-law Tom Potts and spouse Linda Potts. 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren with one on the way, four nephews and one niece.
Visitation will be held at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd on Friday, February 18th 2022, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. followed by a private memorial for immediate family.