Dallas Earl Coldiron, 90, of Lubbock died early Sunday, February 3, 2013 in Amarillo, surrounded by family after a long illness.
Memorial gathering will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, February 7, 2013 in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel, 2800 Paramount Blvd. Burial will be at 2:00 p.m. in Llano Cemetery. Viewing is available on Tuesday and Wednesday at Boxwell Brothers.
Mr. Coldiron was born on August 9, 1922 in Lorenzo, Texas to Lura and Dallas Herald Coldiron, and was raised in Friona, where he graduated from high school in 1940. He was a veteran of the US Army Air Force, serving during World War II. He studied field radio operation, then taught new recruits until radar was developed. He then taught radar until he participated in the occupation of Japan. After ROTC and obtaining a degree from Texas A&M, he re-enlisted during the Korean War as a Second Lieutenant. He spent his entire civilian career as an independent automobile dealer around Amarillo except for several years at the Chrysler Dealership on Georgia Street, and then again briefly in Lubbock before his retirement.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of over forty years, Joyce, in 2008, and his son, David Earl Coldiron in 2009.
He is survived by his daughters, Pat Coldiron and Charlotte Clark of Amarillo; a son, Ron Coldiron and wife Barbara, of Austin; four grandsons, David of Little Rock, Todd and Doug of Amarillo, and Ryan of Dallas; two granddaughters, Allyson of Austin, and Jana McCaughan of Aurora, Colorado; seven great-grandsons and five great-granddaughters.
He will be greatly missed by his extensive family and many close friends all over the Panhandle.