Richard Martin Darnell, 70, of Amarillo, TX passed peacefully on July 6, 2022.
Richard was born on March 15, 1952, in Albuquerque, NM, to Antonia Gonzales. Richard met the love of his life, Dorothy and they were married on June 7, 1969, in Amarillo, TX. They had two sons, Phillip and Eric Darnell both of Amarillo, TX.
Richard worked hard for his family his whole life and instilled that hard work into his sons. Richard enjoyed attending football games with his family and loved his Dallas Cowboys and Texas Longhorns. The greatest joy in his life was watching his grandchildren play sports. From the oldest to the youngest, he was always present at each and every one of their events. Here recently, he loved watching his youngest grandson on the golf course. His grandchildren always tried their hardest to make “Big Dad” proud. Although only one grandkid attended UT, he still cheered for the others. For the first time, he wore an OU cap for Father’s Day and looked forward to attending this year’s Red River Shootout, where he would have Phillip and Savanna in burnt orange and Eric and Ava in crimson red.
Richard was preceded in death by his mother, Antonia Gonzales; two brothers, David and Phillip Loza; one sister, Tonya Morales; and his best friend, Harold Hernandez. He is survived by his beloved wife, Dorothy Darnell; two sons, Phillip Darnell and Eric Darnell, wife Angelica all of Amarillo; one brother, Johnny Darnell, wife Marylou of Amarillo; eight grandchildren, Cierra Cross, husband Bryce, Marissa Torres, Sable Darnell, Ryan Torres, Savanna Darnell, Ava Darnell, Pauline Darnell, and Derek Darnell; and great-granddaughter, Kinsler Jade Cross. They will truly miss their “Big Dad.” He is also survived by a lifelong friend, Dolores Hernandez, and a host of nieces and nephews.
A rosary to honor Richard will be held at 6:00 P.M., Friday, July 8, 2022, in the Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. The funeral mass honoring Richard will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, July 9, 2022, at St. Mary’s Cathedral, followed by the burial at Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Boulevard.
The family would like to thank BSA ICU nurses and doctors for their amazing care and hard work.
13 Replies to “Richard Martin Darnell”
My sincere condolences. My prayers are with you Dorothy and all the family.
SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS MY CONDOLENCES PRAYERS FOR COUSIN,DOROTHY AND FAMILY
Sending our sincerest condolences and prayers to the family! Such a great man!
Sorry for your loss 😢
Richard was one of the good people to know. He always greeted me with kindness. God bless you and your family. See you again someday. Morris Lucero
I’m so sorry for your loss. My deepest Condolences and Prayers go out to Dorothy, Eric, Phillip, family & friends. God Bless you all, and may God help you get through this difficult time. RIP Richard.
Dorothy and family, our condolences from Ricky and Gloria Jean. He is with our beloved Christ, and with our friends and family who are there with Him. We love you all dearly and you are in our hearts and thoughts every day.
Prayers for strength and comfort to all of the family. Happy to have known Richard and been around him over the years. He will be missed by many. Great man! May he rest in paradise.
RIP BIG RICHARD
Richard truly a great guy, and friend, that I have know for years starting in the barrio. Then playing a lot of softball with. My condolences to Dorothy and family. RIP
RIP Big RICHARD
Mr Darnell….. one of a kind!
May Richard Rest In Peace. Prayers for Dorothy and family.