Dan W. McDowell
September 24, 1944 - April 2, 2018
Funeral Services for Dr. Dan McDowell, 73, an Amarillo resident will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at Parkside Chapel. Interment will be at West Park Cemetery. Arrangements are under the personal supervision of Parkside Chapel Funeral Home. Dr. McDowell passed away on Monday, April 02, 2018 in Amarillo, Texas.
He was born in Shamrock, Texas, on September 24th, 1944, to Elizabeth and Ansel McDowell, who lived in Wellington, Texas, at the time. Their family moved to Hereford in 1953 and established McDowell Drug, where Ansel was a pharmacist. Dan played baseball from the time he was a young boy through his first year of college, and Ansel spent many hours watching his games. Dan graduated from Hereford High School in 1962 and from Texas Tech University in 1966. In 1970, Dan graduated from the University of Texas Dental School in Houston.
Dan married Joy Story on January 26th, 1963. They are the parents of Dr. Ashley Campbell, of Canyon, Texas, and Justin Story McDowell, of Lubbock, Texas.
Dan practiced dentistry in Odessa, Texas; Breckenridge, Texas; and Lubbock, Texas for a total of 42 years. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Breckenridge, Lubbock, and Amarillo. He was active in Sunday School and was a greeter for 20 years at FBC-Lubbock. He was a member of Gideons International, Lions Club, and Rotary International. Dan always enjoyed horticulture and taking care of the yard. Dan, and his son, Justin, loved to spend time fishing. Dan enjoyed playing golf. He loved watching sports, and was a big fan of the Texas Rangers. Dan and his son-in-law, John, had an annual tradition of attending the Colonial Golf Tournament.
Dan and Joy invested countless hours in their children and their activities growing up. Dan not only showed his children how much he loved them, but he told them often. He was very proud of his grandsons, Stephen & Preston. Even though he was homebound for the last years of his life, he was able to see his grandson, Stephen, play one of his last basketball games of his senior year this past January, which Dan thoroughly enjoyed. Dan also enjoyed seeing Prestonís artwork, and he was so glad that it was recently featured in the Ascension gallery at Sunset Center.
Dan is preceded in death by his parents, Elizabeth and Ansel McDowell, and a brother, Dr. Ansel McDowell, Jr.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Joy; his daughter, Dr. Ashley Campbell & her husband, John; and his son, Justin Story McDowell, as well as his grandsons, Stephen Ansel Campbell and Preston Joseph Campbell.
Dan also leaves behind his sisters-in-law and their husbands: Nancy & Roy Mustian of Graham; Sandra & Roland Saul of Hereford; Jan & Stan Metcalf of Brackettville, and brother-in-law and wife, Gary & Carol Story of Wilmore, Kentucky. He is also survived by his brother, Jim McDowell, of New Mexico.
Memorials may be made to Gideons International or the Amarillo Botanical Gardens.