Preston Sloan Alarcon

Preston Sloan Alarcon
Preston Sloan Alarcon

Beloved son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend, Preston Sloan Alarcon passed away unexpectedly on March 23, 2022 in Amarillo at the age of 22-years-old. Preston was born on May 15, 1999 in Amarillo, Texas, to Joe and Brandi Alarcon, who say they “fiercely loved him and Preston shared with them and friends in recent days that he knew he was very much loved.” The second of four sons, Preston was baptized on January 7, 2007 by Dr. Howard K. Batson, at First Baptist Church in Amarillo, where he secured his salvation in Heaven.

Preston went on his first turkey hunt with his father when he was 4 years old, when he proudly was allowed to take his first shot with his Red Ryder BB Gun. This resulted in many hunting adventures with his father and brothers.

Preston played football from elementary into junior high and wrestled from middle school to high school.

After his junior year of high school, Preston and his mother accompanied First Baptist on a medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic where they helped set up a medical clinic in the capital, Santo Domingo. Providentially, the Alarcons were assigned to the only dentist on the medical mission trip.  As Preston served beside the dentist, he discovered he had a drive to become a registered dental assistant and serve others.

During high school, he was universally recognized as the “cool kid” who befriended everyone. One friend shared he made everything look cool. When Preston was a sophomore, he was selected as a Superintendent Ambassador to represent his junior class the following year. He graduated in 2018, in the top 25% of his class and was selected by his teachers for National Honor Society.

After graduation, he moved to Plano and attended dental training school.  There, he achieved a certification to be a registered dental assistant and worked for Arte Dental Plano. In 2020, he worked as a server at Texas Roadhouse, and the following year he worked at Saltgrass Steak House until his death.  But his real passion was his artistry through his music and production in his in-home studio.  He was very vocally talented. Preston, also known as Aye P, loved the vibe when he was recording. Aye P loved to compose music to paint P’s picture. He used his music as an expression of life.

“Words fail, music speaks,” reads a tattoo on his right arm, and he lived by this mantra. When it was difficult to convey the complexity of his emotion, he frequently composed music. He explained he composed songs so people could relate to the difficult topics so his audience would  “know they are not alone.”

In his music and his friendships, he accomplished this goal. Friends say Preston supported them through the highs and lows of life and described him as having an “inner light” which illuminated every room. He encouraged his friends and family to think critically and to experience the world deeply.

Preston is a beautiful soul.  He was not perfect, which many of us can relate to.  To that end one of the qualities he most admired about himself was his honesty. The quality of compassion, humbleness and a genuine sweetness made it impossible not to fall in love with him. All of his warmth and charm and open-heartedness that we loved was evident to so many. This musically gifted and handsome young man was worthy of your love.  If you were lucky enough to know Preston as we did, and witnessed his sense of humor, natural instinct to include others and his unbridled sense of generosity he gave to anybody day in and day out, I promise you would have loved him even more.

The family loved making memories together on vacations.  Preston’s first trip was when he was only six weeks old to Red River, New Mexico, and they returned there many times over the years.

In July 2016, Preston went on a father-son hiking trip with his father to Wheeler Peak outside of Red River, New Mexico with Hope Choice . After the summit Joe took that opportunity to tell Preston  “Son, I love you so much, I would climb a mountain for  you.”

In 2019, Preston and his two brothers Ashton and Christian went scuba diving in Hawaii after earning money by mowing yards all summer to pay for their own flight and trip. This was a bonding trip for the brothers. In 2020, Preston and Ashton got to go on a grand adventure to Puerto Rico for Spring Break. There they enjoyed scuba diving, walking the beaches, hiking to waterfalls and the BioLuminescence Lagoon on night-time boat trips. The memories of the adventures will never be forgotten.

In July 2021, all six of the Alarcon family members went to Riviera Maya, a stretch of Caribbean coastline. This is the first time the family got to scuba dive together in which they experienced the splendor of God’s creation together.

Preston loved the outdoors, including hiking, snowboarding, hunting and especially scuba diving.   He said he never felt more at peace than when he was scuba diving, because he loved being in the depths of the ocean as it was spiritually healing for him. He told his little brother Slayton that it was a beautiful way to meditate and could get lost in the ocean forever.

We remember Preston for all he was, and mourn the loss of all he could have been.

He is survived by his parents, Joe and Brandi Alarcon of Amarillo, Texas; his brothers; Ashton (26) of New York, Christian (19) of Austin, and Slayton (14) of Amarillo; his grandparents, Rick and Judy Belcher of Amarillo, as well as, Alfredo and Delia Alarcon of Amarillo; aunts and uncles, Tiffani and Steve Mackenzie of Dallas, and Mark Alarcon of Amarillo; his cousins, Isabella and Stefani Mackenzie of Dallas, Bridgette Valdez of Amarillo, Adrian Valdez of Dallas and Aaron Dawson of Ft. Worth; and numerous other relatives, cousins and friends. . He was preceded in death by cousin Connor Lyons, Aunt Lisa Alarcon, great grandparents; Warren and Jane Baker, Dolores Belcher, W.L Belcher, Pascual Alarcon and Eustacia Gabaldon.

Memorial Gathering will be at 7:00 P.M., Tuesday, March 29, 2022, in the Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. Please be willing to share a memory about Preston. Services will be at 2:00 pm, Wednesday, March 30, 2022 at First Baptist Church Amarillo with Corky Holland officiating.  Burial will be Llano Cemetery.

The pallbearers will be: Ashton Alarcon, Christian Alarcon, Slayton Alarcon, Adrian Valdez, Aaron Dawson, and Cobe Veach.

If you would like to bless the family by giving a donation to a charity that meant something to Preston, please consider Hope Choice / 300 / 13|30.

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38 Replies to “Preston Sloan Alarcon”

  1. May the lord be with y’all in this time of grief. Many sweet memories taking care of this precious little boy. Our grand kids grew up with y’all. Sweet love and prayers to y’all.

  2. We worked together at Pacsun, He was a great associate and young man as well. Heartbreaking. Godspeed forever !!!!! 💪🏽💪🏽💪🏽

  3. Brandi, Joe and Family,
    Praying for you during this time and the coming days. I am very for your loss.
    Tami Cox and Taylor Cox

  4. My deepest condolences to your family, Brandi and Joe. Prayers for strength and comfort. Juju sending prayers your way as well.

  5. Brandi & Joe, I’m so sorry to hear about Preston moving on from this world. That is a rite of passage a parent should always take first. My heart grieves with you and I fully recognize only those who have lost a child can understand the depth of your pain. Love you guys & praying for God to hold you close

  6. Praying for you, Brandi and Joe. My deepest sympathy. May God give your family strength and peace through this difficult time. Love you all.

  7. I knew Preston in first grade while attending Trinity Christian Elementary. My favorite memories of our childhood include building a time machine and mimicking the show Drake and Josh “Hug me Brotha!” shtick. I know I’ll get to hug you again, my brother in Christ, when we meet again.

    As God would have it, we both moved from Lubbock elsewhere and happened to meet up back in Amarillo in middle school. A true friend that would share the love of guitar and play with me in the middle school talent show.

    In our 8th-grade leadership class: I vividly remember being asked to write a letter to my future self as a college freshman. We read them allowed in class, and Preston’s made a difference to me. He sought to take up his cross daily, living like Christ daily as described in Romans 12:2.

    We’d been busy and trying to meet these last three months as both found ourselves back in Amarillo—why’d you have to get in the time machine before me? I will miss you, but I will get that time machine and see you again one day.

    Rest in Peace. Prayers to all our friends and family.

    Love ya Brotha.

  8. Joe, Brandi and the Alarcon family, No amount of words can express the pain that you are going through, we are sending you love and prayers, hope you are able to find strength during this dark time. Ours hearts are just broken we love you. Michael and Lupe Manatt Alarcon

  9. You are a beautiful spirit, now go with God and let your light make heaven more radiant. See you there brother. Love you forever.

  10. I’m so sorry for your loss…
    I just recently had the honor to meet Preston only knew him for a few weeks.
    My prayers to all of his family

  11. . . . the above was a lovely commentary on Preston’s short life and how it blessed others he came into contact with. It’s times like these that we can so clearly see what does and does not matter about this earthly life. What a beautiful soul–we will see him again.

  12. Joe, Brandi, Christian, Ashton, and Slayton I’m so very sorry to hear of Preston’s passing. He was obviously a young man that touched many lives and brought so much joy. He was a remarkable soul. I pray you feel Gods love, presence and strength through the days ahead. My heart is broken with you. Sending much love and prayers. Mandy Cartrite

  13. I did not know Preston but my daughter and him were acquaintances from Amarillo High. When she was home 2 weeks ago we ate at Saltgrass. Preston was our waiter. He was so engaging from the minute he greeted us and recognized my daughter. We had a wonderful conversation with him about all that had gone on since high school. Preston was so genuinely sweet and kind. He left a lasting impression on me. We were so sad to hear of his passing. His family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  14. No words for the pain of a life lost so soon. We grieve with you and pray for peace. Preston won’t be forgotten.

  15. I’ll always remember Preston as a spunky three year old. Even at that age, he had deep empathy and intuition. I was about 14 when I babysat him and baby Christian. Preston and I had the best week of playtime and conversation. These precious memories will be in my heart forever. Rest In Peace sweet cousin.

  16. We are deeply saddened to hear about Preston and will keep you in our prayers. May God give you his peace in this difficult time.
    Steve and Heather Brunson

  17. Preston you were always someone I could go to when I felt like I had nobody. You always made sure to keep a smile on my face as well as everyone else’s. My prayers go out to your parents and your siblings. We love you so so much Preston

  18. David and I are deeply saddened for the loss of Preston. We are so thankful to have met your family and are inspired by your courage and steadfast work for the Kingdom of God. Your family is in our hearts and on our lips as we pray at night.

    We love you guys.

  19. Dear Alercon family, there are no words we could possibly say to you for your loss. Please know that you will all be in our thoughts and prayers. May Preston now rest in the presence of Christ, and may you find the peace that only he can give, as you grieve your loss.

  20. Joe – I am so sorry to hear this heartbreaking news! My heart grieved with yours – prayers for you and your family to be surrounded by angels and for God’s peace to be with all of you.

  21. Words fail to describe our sorrows for your family at this time of loss! Preston brought peace and joy with him, each time we saw him. I pray for the Lords comfort for your family during this season of grief.
    Alan and Roberta Dillingham

  22. Joe, Brandi, Alfred & Delia and the entire Alarcon Family; I am so sorry for your tragic loss. Sending Prayers, Love and My Deepest Condolences to each of you.

  23. Our hearts are broken. Know that your precious family will be in our prayers. May God wrap his loving arms around you and give comfort and peace.

  24. My heart goes out to the entire Alarcon family and friends for their loss. May God and prayers bring them some peace during this very sad and difficult time. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻❤️❤️❤️

  25. I was honored to be able to meet and visit with Preston. He had a sweet soul and was so kind. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and may God wrap His comforting arms around you all in this time of need.

    1. Sending heartfelt condolences and big love to the Alarcon family. Words seem inadequate to say that I share your grief. Please know we care and feel your pain.

  26. My beloved childhood friend…
    I’m so sorry that we weren’t in close contact before this happened, but I will never forget your kind eyes and genuine spirit. Out of all the boys I grew up around at first baptist, you were the single most kind, mature, and respectful. I have the sweetest memories of you and our friends. My mom Aaron and my dad Kip said the same about you and still talk about you often. Your handsome face is impossible to forget. Thank you for making so many people feel loved while you were here, your impact was priceless… You were so gentle.
    My family sends all of our love to you and for family, Mr. Joe. We love y’all. I won’t be able to travel, but please know I am there in spirit.

  27. Donnie and I are so very sorry for the loss of your precious son. Prayers for a peace in your hearts.
    Ann & Donnie Robinson

  28. Our deepest sympathy at this time. Only those of us who have lost a child can truly know how horrible this experience is. Our prayers are with you for strength and comfort.

  29. The world going to feel less without you in it. I am going to miss your smile…May Jesus embrace my wonderful Cousin into heaven.

    Love, Lucy, Corey, Corbin& Jerne Martin

  30. This precious soul waited on me and a friend of mine at saltgrass a little over a month ago. Such a sweet spirit and gentleness he showed to his clients as he waited tables that night and I’ve seen him since you’re the same kind of service to all who sat in his section. I pray for your family to be comforted by the Holy Spirit and by the word of God and that one day not far away we shall all be rejoined with those who have preceded us. God’s blessings on your lives.

  31. It is heartbreaking to read this. We share your grief and send our love. I am so very sorry for this loss and the horrible pain.

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