Gordon “Buddy” Stevens, age 81, of Amarillo, TX passed away on October 30, 2020, at The Reserve at Amarillo. The family was able to be with him. Due to COVID, there will be no formal remembrance of his life.
Buddy was born on June 20 or June 25, 1939. His birth certificate says June 25, but his mother always told him June 20, so until he went on Medicare, he thought his birthday was June 20, so for the last 15 years, we have celebrated both birthdays. Buddy was born in Idabell, Oklahoma, He was born at home which was above a grocery store. He was the next to the youngest of 13 siblings.
Buddy graduated from White Deer High School and attended college at Texas A&M University before transferring to West Texas State (now West Texas A&M University) in Canyon where he earned a bachelor’s and later master’s degree in education. He taught and coached in several towns in the Texas Panhandle before moving to Amarillo where he coached and was an assistant principal for 20 years at Crockett Middle School.
Buddy was a star athlete in High School, took up running in his 40’s and marathon running in his 60’s. His passion though was golf. Above all Buddy loved his family. He was a devoted husband and father and he doted on his grandchildren. Buddy was one of those people who couldn’t sit still. He worked long hours in his job as a middle school assistant principal, and when he retired (after playing golf) he worked tirelessly around the house and yard, servicing the cars, running errands for his working wife, volunteering for Meals on Wheels, and helping others.
Buddy was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Madeline Wiles.
Survivors include his wife, Ann Wallace; four children, Kristilie Reyna, Kelly Taylor, Kim Wiles, and Ky Stevens; 6 grandchildren, Gabriel and Alegra Reyna, Lawson and Coleman Taylor, and Brenna; two great-grandchildren, Darcy Wiles and Maia Sanchez; and one brother, Jerry Stevens. He is also survived by Ann’s children to whom he was a second father: David Wallace, Jonathan Wallace, Erin Runnels, and Carrie Collier.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or the Frontal-Temporal Dementia Association.