Doyle w. Weatherby
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Doyle w. Weatherby
  • May 21, 1933 - September 5, 2016
  • Odessa, Texas

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Doyle Wayne (Hawk) Weatherby passed peacefully on September 5, 2016 at his home in Odessa after a short battle with lung cancer. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 60 years, Martha.

He was born in Woodson, Texas on May 21, 1933. He lived in Iraan and graduated high school in Breckenridge. He served in the US Army from 1953-1955. He was honorably discharged at the same rank as when he went in. Attended North Texas State University where he received his teaching certificate in history and met Martha, the love of his life-they married in Ft. Worth. His college degree afforded him the privilege of becoming the chief post hole digger for a canopy company. They moved to Odessa in 1959 after living in Ft. Worth.

In Odessa, they raised two children, Kay Kay and Charlie (Chas), while he worked for:Hughes Tool Company.

Goldthwaite's of Texas-selling grounds keeping equipment to schools, colleges and golf courses.

Doyle Weatherby Company, an independent chemical broker selling to Halliburton, BJ, Western Co. and small independent dealers.

Co-founder of DorChem/Permian Chemical Co.

The originator of Ratliff Ranch Golf Links, Odessa's first municipal golf course.

Manager of Piggies BBQ.

Developed Lil' Divot, a children's golf club, which has evolved into US Kids Golf, a nationally recognized organization for all forms of kids golf equipment and to promote a lifelong love of the game.

He was a lifelong member of Antioch Christian Church. He was an adult Sunday school teacher for 20+ years, he served as a deacon and an elder. He was also recognized as an elder emeritus.

He loved his wife Martha, his children, Kay Kay and Chas, their spouses,Roger and Marcy, his 4 grandchildren and his 6 great grandchildren. He also loved the Texas Rangers, golf, talking politics and history, anyone who could give him a good argument, laughing, a good practical joke, visiting with total strangers and hawking apples in the produce section of any grocery store.


He is preceded in death by his parents, Charlie (Chas) and Argieree Weatherby and a brother Ralph Dorwin Weatherby. Survivors include his wife, Martha. Daughter Kay Kay Zimmerman & husband, Roger of Hamilton, Texas - their son, Noah and wife Penney of Flower Mound along with their 3 sons. Their son, Justin and his fiancee, Lindsay of Lubbock. Son, Charlie (Chas) Weatherby and his wife Marcy along with their daughter, Casey Guerrero & husband, Johnny of Odessa along with their two children Lanie and Jett. Their son, Kyle and wife Stephanie of Round Rock along with their son Charlie Duke. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

Family will receive friends from 6-8pm Thursday, September 8, 2016 at Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors. He felt that funerals are a celebration of life and always wanted people to wear bright colors.
Celebration of Life will be 1:30pm Friday, September 9, 2016 at Crossroads Fellowship.
Memorials may be made to: Antioch Christian Church, 4040 Maple Avenue, Odessa, TX 79762.
Arrangements are by Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.