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David "Troy" Skarke – February 17, 2017

David “Troy” Skarke, 51, of Claude, died Friday February 17, 2017. Skarke Obit Photo
Rosary will be at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday in St. Francis Catholic Church. Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday in St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Father Scott Raef celebrating.  Burial will be at 2:00 p.m. in Claude Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Troy was born on February 3, 1966 in Canyon, Texas.   Troy graduated from Canyon High School in 1984. On May 31st, 1986, Troy married the love of his life, Joyce Ann Brorman of Vega. The two moved to Claude, where they farmed and ranched. He had a deep passion for his crops and with each new season, he strived to make a better crop with each new year. His occupation of farming became his love and hobby. He served on many agricultural boards including, U.S. Grains Council, Texas Sorghum Producers, Robinson Grain board of directors, and Milo Insulation. He was also active in his local community where he served as the president of the Claude ISD board of trustees for many years as well as serving on the Claude Clinic Medical board. Troy loved the Lord and was an active member of St. Francis Catholic Church. But most of all, Tory was a devoted husband, father, son, poppy, and friend to so many.
He was preceded in death by his father, Jim Skarke and daughter Sidney Skarke.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce;  two daughters, Kendra and T.Jay Sherrill of Claude, and Tori and Carson Williams of Goldthwaite and one son, Seth Skarke of Canyon; three grandchildren, Harrison, Barrett and Finnley; his mother Shirley and Don Richardson of Amarillo; 3 sisters, Jackie and Charles Curl of Amarillo, Roxanne and Roger Schenk of Umbarger and Nicole and Danny Hicks of Umbarger; Two brothers, Shane Skarke of Bridgeport and Chris and Lana Skarke of Umbarger; parents in law, Tony and Dorothy Brorman of Vega; in laws, Steve and Regina Brorman of Dalhart, Diane and Bernie Wieck of Amarillo, Deborah and Eric Walterscheid of Amarillo, Jeff and Christy Brorman of Big Springs, David and Vicki Brorman of Vega, Roger and Mandi Brorman of Vega, Sandra and David Britten of Amarillo, and Keith and Toni Brorman of Vega; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family suggests memorials to St. Francis Catholic Church, 5005 Kinkle Road, Amarillo, TX 79108.


  • Wendell Shauman Posted February 19, 2017 6:30 pm

    Troy and I became friends shortly after he joined the US Grains Council. We worked together well and used each other as sounding boards. He was so frustrated when health issues forced him to give up his board seat, He came to meetings that he should not have with a lot of pain. He was a great friend and I have great respect for him and his commitment as an Agricultural Leader.

  • Michael Svensson Posted February 20, 2017 5:42 pm

    Troy was a great classmate and a dear friend. His warming smile was a friend to everyone. Our thoughts and prayers to his family.

  • Roxane Schenk Posted February 21, 2017 1:09 am

    He was my play mate as we grew up and was always a rock when I needed one . I loved how you always said my name , Hello Rox-ane and you always gave me such sweet compliments . My brother , my friend , forever in my heart !

  • Annabeth Posted February 21, 2017 1:28 am

    Troy was a cousin of mine from Umbarger and remained a close friend all of my life. He always quick to hug and share that wonderful smile any time we met up at various events. So thankful we crossed paths at the airport last August with our spouses headed to vacation. A true gentleman and loving husband, Troy beamed when he spoke of his grandkids. He was so loved and will be missed by so many! God bless him!

  • Janie and Mark banner Posted February 21, 2017 9:46 am

    Our prayers are with the family. May he enjoy his just reward for a life lived in faith, hope and love with Christ.

  • Ann Smith Posted February 21, 2017 12:18 pm

    Joyce and family, I am so sorry to hear of Troy’s passing. My thoughts and prayers will be with you during this difficult time.

  • Mustapha EL YOUSSOUFI Posted February 21, 2017 12:51 pm

    May God Bless his Soul. We all will miss Troy. The Positive energy he was all time radiating and his dedication to all good causes will make all of us remember him. Sincere condolences to his family and loved ones.
    Mustpha EL YOUSSOUFI
    US Grains Council
    Marrakech Morocco

  • STEPHANIE L RAYMOND Posted February 21, 2017 2:27 pm


  • Lori Solomon Gray Posted February 21, 2017 5:49 pm

    I just wanted to say how sorry I am to hear about Troy. What a wonderful, loving family the Skarke clan has always been, and I am sure you are holding on tight to each other right now. My prayers are with you all.

  • Marian J Batenhorst Posted February 21, 2017 6:23 pm

    Such an enormous loss for your families and all who knew Troy. Please know that we are praying for your family and for Troy’s everlasting happiness .
    Jude and Marian Batenhorst

  • Larry Prager Posted February 22, 2017 12:52 am

    It was both inspirational and an honor to have served with Troy on a committee of the U.S. Grains Council. My the family take solace that so many from so far were so positively touched by Troy’s kind and inclusive and engaging manner that brings forth these sentiments at this time of introspection, reflection and empathy at this time upon of reflection on what we knew of his life. RIP, Troy. I am so inspired to have learned more about you in your passing than I actually knew of you in life.

  • Britney Lowe Posted February 22, 2017 1:10 am

    Thinking of you, Shirley Richardson and family, so sorry you are hurting. I am praying for you. Also sending prayers and love to Shane Skarke and family. I will be praying for Joyce and the girls.

  • Kurt Shultz Posted February 22, 2017 8:34 am

    I am so sorry to hear about Troy. I got to know him in 2005 during a trip to Morocco and Zambia with the US Grains Council. He was an incredibly warm and genuine person. During that trip we visited a World Food Program refugee program on the boarder with Angola. I fondly remember Troy sitting down and eating sorghum porridge with a small boy and although they couldn’t talk the same language, he succeeding in bonding with the child through laughter. That is how I remember Troy, always smiling and full of life.

  • Donna and Mike Henry Posted February 22, 2017 10:43 am

    I am Joyce’s cousin. Our hearts and prayers are with Joyce and family during this difficult time. May God comfort all in the days to come.

  • Keith & Shirley Fields Posted February 22, 2017 1:08 pm

    Joyce and family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. May God give you peace and wonderful memories of Troy. He was loved by so many, and so are you. Thank you for being such a good friend to Stacy & Vincent (our daughter).
    Love and prayers,
    Keith & Shirley

  • Donna Heidkamp Posted February 22, 2017 3:09 pm

    My condolences go out to the entire Skarke family. I am praying for you all and sending love and prayers your way.

  • Nick Kuehler Posted February 22, 2017 6:30 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Skarke family in this time of grief. May God give you grace and peace.

  • Ricky Dugan Posted February 24, 2017 4:02 pm

    I always think about the times we ran Combines for Raymond. Always an adventure.

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