Orin David Foard, 47, of Amarillo, TX died October 13, 2020.
Everybody that knew and loved Orin described him as a gentle, caring, and loving soul. He was kindhearted and intelligent, and truly was one of a kind.
He loved his children enormously and would do anything and be wherever they needed him to be. Both of his children received his musical ability and are very accomplished. His greatest joy was to be there for them, which included being extremely active in the Suzuki program at Amarillo College as his youngest son studied violin. His oldest son plays oboe and Orin helped with band and orchestra activities wherever he could. In the past few years, Orin had even tried to start the double bass program of the Suzuki program, but it never came to fruition.
He was a great musician. He started playing the double bass in elementary school and never put it down as he continued through high school and college. He was a member of the Amarillo Symphony and played with them for 25 years. He had weekly coaching times with double bass students at various school campuses. He also coached some of the double bass players in the Youth Symphony which is part of the Amarillo Symphony. Each year a small group called The String Family would travel to the elementary schools in Amarillo and they would do a program demonstrating the various string instruments. He loved introducing the double bass to the kids. In recent years he also dedicated time to the Amarillo College community orchestra. It would be impossible to list every single gig he played, and every heart he touched with his music here.
He also had a love for computer gaming more especially World of Warcraft. He met many people who learned to love him and they played together. Even his two children would play with him as this was just another way to be in his children’s lives.
For the duration of his entire life, Orin advocated for every shortcoming that bass players endure, including a lack of ensemble music, the difficulty of getting kids into double bass, the higher costs of maintenance and so on. Throughout his life he tried to ease the burden of bass students throughout Amarillo by giving a few students free lessons when he was able, teaching every student he could and much more. But for as much as he gave to the double bass community, very little was given back. So it is now up to the surviving music community in Amarillo to ensure that bass students and musicians never stop trying, and that they are given the equal opportunity they deserve.
Orin David Foard. Born August 13, 1973, in Amarillo, TX. Died October 13, 2020, in Amarillo, TX. He is survived by two children, Alexander (Xander) Everett Foard of Canyon, TX who is a student at West Texas A&M University, and Cade David Foard of Amarillo, TX who is a student at Texas Tech University and currently living in Lubbock, TX, and parents, David Duane Foard and Marilyn Jean Hunter Foard also of Amarillo, TX. He is also survived by two aunts, Barbara Parker of Sleepy Eye, MN, and Ruth Ellen Bartels of Baldwin City, KS, and 4 cousins. He died suddenly of respiratory failure due to Covid-19.
The memorial service and celebration of life will be at 2:00 p.m., Friday, October 23, 2020, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel, 2800 Paramount Blvd., in Amarillo, TX. Social distancing will be practiced, and masks will be required. Please dress casually – that’s what Orin would want – just be there.
In lieu of flowers or just as a memorial, please send memorial gifts to the Amarillo Symphony, 301 S. Polk St #700, Amarillo, TX 79101. Please specify in memory of Orin Foard. Gifts will go to the Youth Symphony and will be used to help deserving double bass students afford the registration in order to play in the Youth Symphony.
Use this link to view the service: https://drive.google.com/file/d/105FFyrwmifjvL7DsFLp66oNc-2AcDopI/view?usp=sharing