William David Rattan
William David Rattan died June 5, 2018, at his home in Amarillo, TX. Funeral services were held at Hillside Christian Church by the Rev. Craig Albracht on Saturday, June 9, 2018. Burial services were held in Matador, TX, by the Rev. Chuck Harrison, First United Methodist Church, with interment at the East Mound Cemetery, Matador. Honorary Pallbearers were Bundy Hal Campbell, Kenny Barton, Gary Campbell, Dwight Clower, Roy Gene Stephens, Jimmy Welling, Vaden Hayes, and Joel Spray.
David was born on December 28, 1945, in Stanley Hospital, Matador, to parents W.A. Rattan Jr. and Laverna Murphy Rattan of Flomot, TX. He had two older sisters Linda Kay Rattan Bailey and infant Roeita Rattan, who died when she was three days old.
David was 5-years-old when his father, W.A., passed away after a hunting accident. David, Linda, and their mother, Laverna, moved to Whiteflat to live with his maternal grandparents, Clovis and Addie Murphy. Laverna worked at the Production Credit Association in Matador.
At the age of five, David was driving his grandad Clovis’s pickup to and from the field where Clovis was plowing, and, to and from Dixon’s Store and the Post Office in Whiteflat. He was saved and baptized at the age of seven and joined the First Baptist Church, Whiteflat.
David was a graduate of Matador High School in 1964. He was All-District and All-South Plains in both football and basketball. He played in four regional championships games during his four years in high school, the highest a Class B school could compete.
Following graduation, he attended Texas Tech University, graduating with bachelor’s degree in Agriculture. His first job was with W.R. Grace Chemical Company as a sales consultant in Weatherford, OK. He married Sharlene Berryman, Matador, and they had one son, William Dax Rattan. Sharlene passed away in 1989 following many years of failing health due to multiple sclerosis.
David and Dax lived in Kansas, Van Horn and Texline where David farmed. They later moved to Amarillo where he sold big rig trucks and later opened his own dealership. He married Marilyn Fuls George and gained two new sons just younger than Dax: Shane and Garrett George. He was blessed with three grandchildren, William Dane Rattan and Blaze David Rattan; and Ashlan Kay George. He retired from truck sales about two years ago.
David and Dax were active members of the Range Riders, and avid Team Ropers. They qualified for the finals in Las Vegas, NV, several times and won saddles, belt buckles and cash. Dax has a roping arena, horse stalls, and a bunkhouse at his home in Amarillo where they enjoyed roping with their friends. He fed the horses every day at 4:oo am, right up to the night before he passed away.
Preceding David in death were his baby sister Roeita Rattan in 1943, his father, W.A. Rattan, Jr. in 1951, his step-father Frank Price, 1989, his first wife, Sharlene in 1989, his step-father James T. Johnston,2008; his mother, Laverna Murphy Rattan Price Johnson, 2009, his uncle C.H. Murphy, Jr., 2010, his aunt Mary Murphy Jones, 2014, and his uncle Bill Jones in 2000. Also preceding him in death were his maternal grandparents, Clovis and Addie Martin Murphy, and paternal grandparents, Willie and Carrie Rattan., all of Matador.
His survivors include his wife, Marilyn, of the home, sons Dax of Amarillo, Shane George of Forney, TX and Garrett George of Austin. Grandchildren Dane and Blaze Rattan, and Ashlan George; sister Linda Kay Rattan Bailey and husband, Ronald, of Matador; niece Andrea Lyn Bailey, and nephews Lance and Kevin Bailey, and great-nephews Dillon, Jason, Kolton, Brant Bailey, and Sage Srader; and Aunt Nita Murphy as well as cousins Jana Thacker, Jerry Jones, Jade Jones, Michael Murphy, Mark Murphy, and Ken David Murphy.