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David McKay – April 12, 2018

David McKay, 59, of Canyon, died April 12, 2018. Services will be at 4:30 PM Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Amarillo (1601 S. Georgia Street). A reception will follow in the Parish Hall. Officiant will be the Reverend Paige Higley McKay of Lubbock. Arrangements by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

David was born August 15, 1958 in Amarillo to Mary Ann and Joe McKay and grew up in Lubbock. David graduated Monterey High School in 1977 and earned a degree in Landscape Construction from Mississippi State University. Growing up as a child at the Palo Duro Club, one of his dreams was to one day be the Caretaker, which he achieved. With passion and tireless effort, he served as Caretaker for 15 years. David was a friend to many people who represented various aspects of his life. He never met a stranger and gave much to others without expecting anything in return, from the smallest act of kindness to the greatest. His children, Charley and Jack, were the joys of his life and his priority. David volunteered in many ways at their schools and was recognized with the PTA Lifetime Member Award from the Crestview PTA for his service from 2008-2013.

David is survived by his children, Charlotte (Charley) Rae McKay, Augustus Jack McKay; his parents, Mary Ann and Joe McKay of Lubbock; sister, Sheryl Piper (Mark) nieces, Helen Taylor (Josh) and Maggie Piper, of Miami, Florida; brother, Mike McKay (Paige) nieces, Madeline and Lily, of Lubbock; Charley and Jack’s mother, Susan Schilling McKay of Canyon; Aunts and Uncles, Gerry and Richard McKay of Amarillo; Kay and Tom McHorse of Austin, and many cousins from Amarillo to Virginia. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canyon Booster Club or the charity of your choice.




  • John Regal Posted April 14, 2018 6:09 pm

    David McKay was my friend. I loved the guy. What more can I say? John Regal

  • Al Tijerina Posted April 15, 2018 10:11 am

    You will truly be missed. A very good friend, that always had a smile and never complained. God bless you forever.

    All the brothers at WT Plumbing
    Al, Louis, Robert, Desi

  • Tim and Debbie Foster Posted April 15, 2018 12:59 pm

    May God be with your family and grant you peace. Your memories will always be with you until you see him again

  • marisue and jere smith Posted April 15, 2018 3:22 pm

    so saddened about David and all he went through. He was such a kind and sweet and loving man and was all that as a child. The neighborhood group had such great times together all those years. We send our love to your family and pray that God’s special comforting love will surround you now and in the days ahead.
    Marisue and Jere

  • Gene Arrington Posted April 15, 2018 3:32 pm

    My condolences to Mary Ann and Joe McKay, whom I have known for many years. May the God of all compassion give you peace.

  • Kerri Garritson Sorrells Posted April 15, 2018 6:29 pm

    I attended Monterey High School with David and had the opportunity to connect with him again at the 40 year reunion last summer. I am so very sad. David always had a smile and was always kind-hearted. Loved his laugh and his sweet humor. Praying for you.

  • Chad Henthorn Posted April 16, 2018 9:24 am

    Our deepest condolences to Mary Ann and Joe, and prayers of peace and comfort for the family.

  • Kerry Thomas Posted April 16, 2018 11:43 am

    David was a good friend of mine at Monterey and then we reconnected at the 40th Reunion. In our teen years, he was such a great friend, so caring with a fun sense of humor. To see him 40 years later, I saw the same person. I serve on the Alum board of WT A&M and was so hoping to connect with him when I had to travel to Canyon. To his children, a wonderful person died way too soon. He meant a lot to so many of us. To his parents and siblings, the Class of ‘77 lost a dear, dear person. May God hold you and give you peace.

  • Missy McCue True Posted April 16, 2018 1:24 pm

    David was one of the most honorable men I have ever known. Even when we were teenagers, he seemed to live and love with an open, unbound heart. He was an unfailing, quietly generous friend. I didn’t get to see him nearly as much as I would have liked, but my heart will miss him terribly. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Jim and Marie Brunjes Posted April 18, 2018 9:45 am

    Mary Ann and Jo,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Thomas Whiteside Posted April 18, 2018 10:02 am

    My sincere condolences to the McKay family. Sending my thoughts your way.

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