Sammy Don Giddeon

Sammy Don Giddeon
Sammy Don Giddeon

Sammy Giddeon, 80, of Amarillo Ascended into the Kingdom Arena of the Almighty God on December 26, 2023, for his first Heavenly Calf Roping.

Sammy was born September 30, 1943, in Pasadena, Texas to Odell Robert Giddeon and Mary Jane Bowers Giddeon. Sammy received Christ as his Savior at a young age in the First Baptist Church of Pampa, and rededicated his life in July 2000. Sammy Graduated Pampa High School in Pampa, TX in 1961, and continued his education at West Texas State University in Canyon, TX. While attending WT Sammy married Suzan (Sue) Horton Giddeon on June 25, 1966. Sammy & Sue had known each other most of their lives but the sparks didn’t fly until Sue started her college education in September 1965.

In January 1968, Sammy began work at Celanese Chemical Company in Pampa as a Chemist. He worked in that capacity for 35 years retiring in 1999. He served on numerous boards during his tenure there. Sammy & Sue moved to Amarillo upon his retirement in anticipation of the arrival of their first and only grandchild. In 2000 Sammy went to work at River Road ISD as a Special Education Facilitator and worked there until his retirement in 2020, while at RRISD he led a Coach’s Bible Study group, and often led a morning devotional for staff. Sammy served as a Director for TSHSRA from 1982 to 1988.

Sammy’s first and greatest love was his wife Sue, daughter Sissy, & granddaughter Remington. His next greatest love was being a cowboy. Sammy was a pretty good Tie Down Calf Roper, with lots of wins under his belt, and enjoyed Team Roping as well. Sammy was also a certified Rodeo Judge. Sammy liked to train horses and teach kids to rope and ride. He had an amazing love for horses, kids, and dogs, and was a great mentor to many. He was once asked why he only had one child. His reply was “God only gave us one because he wanted me to share my love with other children.” Sammy was a very quiet and private person but whom everyone had an instant liking for and he was a charmer.

Sammy is survived by his wife of 57 years, Sue Giddeon, Amarillo, daughter Sissy (Terrell) Cooke, Amarillo, granddaughter Remington Cooke and fiance Riley Fite, Amarillo. Sister Bobbie (Richard) Hickman, Amarillo, Sister in Law Cindy (Robert) Newman Amarillo. Nephew Gary (Sherrie) Griggs, Amarillo. Niece Jenny (Shane) Riggle, Borger. Nephew Justin (Ronna) Newman, Fort Scott, KS. He is also survived by Peyton (Kimberly) Newman. Amarillo. Cory (Kimberly) Griggs, Amarillo. Jayden, Cruz, Nicholas, Deliza, & Isaiah Newman, Fort Scott KS, Sydney & Brooke Griggs, Amarillo. God Children Tiffani Kling, Groom, Summer, Kolton, & Bristol Anderson, Miami, and Ashley, Blake, & Bridger Chisum, Pampa. Sammy also had a very special friend he considered a son, Ronnie Ferguson, Pampa.

Sammy was preceded in death by his parents Odell and Mary Giddeon, and his in-laws “Red” and Virginia Horton.

A private Family Service was held.

The family suggests donations in lieu of flowers be sent to Special Education Department at River Road ISD,9500 US HWY N-287, Amarillo TX 79108


15 Replies to “Sammy Don Giddeon”

  1. Our family has been left with a huge void in our hearts. Sammy was our family “prayer master”. He always led our family in prayer before a meal, a gathering of any sort. But also Sammy was just “Sammy” he lived his life by example. Sammy was a Godly man who loved Jesus , his family, and his friends. Sammy especially respected our Mother and her position in our family. I always said I never needed to see George Strait… Sammy was our family’s George Strait. I can see him now with his monogramed shirt, his starched jeans, his perfectly creased hat, belt and belt buckle and never forget the boots. A true gentlemen Cowboy ! I love Sammy.. Our family loves Sammy! I know he is in heaven with his family, with our family. They will be so happy to greet him. We are so very very sad to lose him. With so much love and prayers for Sue, Sissy, Remi, and everyone. Words are just never enough to let you know how much I love you ! Monty

  2. Sue and Sissy… we are so very sorry to hear of Sammy’s passing. I know the Angels are rejoicing at their newest Cowboy Angel. Sammy was such a great fella and such a blessing to be around and work with! May God’s loving arms surround you today and know that Sammy and your family are loved! God Bless you!

  3. I worked with Sam at Willow Vista in the Special Ed. Deptment and I can honestly say school districts could use more men like Sam. He was kind and loved our kids unconditionally. I’m honored to have called him friend.
    His granddaughter Remington cheered with my granddaughter and I loved what a dedicated grandfather he was. Wonderful Christian man. He will be missed. My love and prayers are with his family!! Love ya’ll.

  4. Sue, Sammy was such an awesome man. We loved him dearly over the years. Our hearts go out to Sissy and Remington as well. He will be greatly missed by many. Yes, once again I say, “ you have great taste.” We will see you again Sammy!!!❤️❤️

  5. One of the kindest, gentlest man on earth has now passed. Sammy grew up across the street from me in Pampa. To say he was my hero would be an understatement. I would have given anything to have his Cushman Scooter. I wanted to be a roper like he was or a softball pitcher. He always made time to answer my myriad of questions about how things worked. I think he probably treated everyone that way his entire life. I was lucky to have him as a model of what a man is supposed to be. Our condolences to his entire family, especially to Sue. He may be gone, but oh what memories he left behind!

  6. Sue,
    I’m so very sorry to hear of Sammy’s passing. I didn’t know him but reading about him, what a spectacular man he must have been. He touched so many lives in so many ways. His memory will live on in you, Sissy, Remington & countless others.
    I wrap my arms around you all – one day at a time is the way through.
    Again, my condolences. 🥰
    Pam (Redmond)

  7. So sorry to hear about your loss. Knew Sammy & Sue for many years, he was a wonderful person, a total gentleman. My most sincere condolences to his family & loved ones. 🌹
    LB Voyles & family,

  8. Oh, how the angels sang… Sue, we are tremendously sorry for your loss, your family was so blessed with this man. The lives he touched, too many to count, made such a difference to so many. He had the best smile and always a good word. Many prayers, big hugs and much love to you and your family…

  9. My prayers and thoughts are with you Sue and your family. I am so sorry for the loss of your Sammy! 💖🙏

  10. Sue and family, we send our most heartfelt condolences and are praying for you. Sammy was such an awesome man and a role model for all who knew him.
    Rick and Debbie Mask

  11. Sammy touched my heart and meant so much to me growing up. He taught me how to rope and how to be a better man all while being a friend. I never will forget the day I met Sammy when he was a sub for one of my classes in 2001, from that moment on we struck up a friendship. I have no doubt that Sammy is with the Lord right now.

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