In Memory of




Obituary for David Eldon Douglas

Surrounded by loving family members, David Eldon Douglas, Jr, 76, formerly of Borger, Texas, went home to be with the Lord on January 6, 2024, after a lengthy, hard-fought battle with Frontotemporal Degeneration (“FTD”) dementia. A Memorial Service will be held for David at First Baptist Church of Childress on Tuesday, January 9th at 11 A.M.. Family visitation will follow the memorial serve at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.

David was born November 11, 1947, in Albuquerque and grew up in Socorro, New Mexico, where his father David Eldon Douglas, Sr, was an attorney and his mother, Mary Williams Douglas, was a teacher and school counselor. In 1966, after high school graduation David attended New Mexico Tech in Socorro and met the love of his life, Betty Horton, who was visiting Socorro from Abilene, TX. David moved to Abilene, and he and Betty were married in 1968. David and Betty subsequently moved to Las Cruces, NM, where daughter Jennifer was born in 1973. David graduated with Honors in Mechanical Engineering from New Mexico State University that year.

After graduating, David accepted a job with Phillips Petroleum in Phillips, TX in 1974, and son, Charlie, was born in Borger that year. David ultimately worked for Phillips in various capacities, including Maintenance Manager, for 35 years. In addition, David was a leader in the community, serving on the hospital board for Hutchinson County Hospital District, including as president for several years. And he further helped enrich the community with Betty when they shared their love of country music/dance by teaching 15 country and western dance courses in Borger over a number of years.

He was an amazing artist and worked closely with Betty to illustrate her books of children’s poetry. In addition, David had a lifelong love of horses, raising and training numerous quarter horse colts.

David is survived by his wife of 55 years, Betty, his 2 children and their spouses, Jennifer and Stran Smith of Childress, Texas, and Charlie and Yulia Douglas of Newtown, Connecticut, five grandchildren, Stone, Scout and Selah Smith, and Scott and Jackson Douglas, his sister, Betsy Douglas of Albuquerque, NM, and nieces and nephews in Texas and New Mexico.

David’s family is grateful for the blessing of his life and thanks the staff at the Childress Health Care Center for their loving care over the past year and a half. We are forever grateful for your kindness and compassion. In lieu of flowers, we request that donations be made to further research for the treatment and cure of elderly dementia, including FTD.