Douglas C. Whatley, 74, of Amarillo, died Friday, May 18, 2012, after a brief illness.
Family and friends are invited to a Celebration of Life Reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, June 1, 2012 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 9000 Interstate 40 West in Amarillo. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Boulevard.
Doug was born on February 15, 1938, Groom to Walter “Buck” and Emma Sue Whatley. Doug grew up there, where he was active in FFA and played quarterback for the Groom Tigers. He maintained a passion for high school football, and all high school athletics, throughout his life. He graduated Groom High School as valedictorian of his class in 1956.
Doug attended college at the University of Texas at Austin and graduated with B.S. degrees in both Chemistry and Pharmacy. He was an active member of the Oak Grove Co-op, an organization with an outstanding history of participation in UT Intramural sports. Doug developed a lifelong love of UT sports, especially football, and continued to attend Longhorn football games as often as he could. While at UT, Doug met and married his wife, Sally Osborn Whatley. After graduating, Doug and Sally settled in Plainview, Texas, where they raised their family. Doug enjoyed his profession immensely as the owner and pharmacist at Blair Drug. An avid supporter of public education, Doug served on the School Board for the Plainview Independent School District from 1975 to 1987. In 1988, he and Sally moved to Amarillo where he continued to work as a pharmacist until his retirement in 2002. Doug was gregarious and made friends easily, especially with those who shared his love of fly-fishing and Longhorn football. We will miss him very much.
Doug was preceded in death by his parents Buck and Emma Sue Whatley of Groom.
Survivors include his wife of over 50 years, Sally; his children, David Whatley and his wife Eby and their children Janemarie, Billy, John, Sarah and Sallie of Austin, and Holly Whatley and her spouse Stephanie Vassallo and their children Samuel and Joseph of Los Angeles.
The family suggest memorials be to Coffee Memorial Blood Center in Amarillo.