David Coleman Howell

March 13, 1938March 6, 2019

David Coleman Howell 80, of Amarillo passed away March 6, 2019. David was born March 13, 1938 in Sundance, Wyoming to Harry and Hessie Howell. He served his country in the United States Army from 1961-1967. He met and married the love of his life Loretta McCown on June 19, 1958. Together they had one son, Lee. After he and Loretta retired they enjoyed traveling and visiting different Las Vegas casinos. He loved animals especially cats. He worked for Amarillo Police Department for 23 years. He was a loving, kind gentle man who will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him. He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife and his son, a sister Dorothy White and a niece Brenda Forman.

He is survived by his nephews and nieces Dennis White and wife Donna, Bernice Gipson and husband Ken, Beverly Goodman and husband Steve, and Don White and wife Amy. Ten great nieces and nephews, fourteen great-great nieces and nephews along other loving family members.



  • Visitation Saturday, March 9, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 9, 2019


  • Interment

David Coleman Howell

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Tam Boatler

March 8, 2019

David was a midnight dispatcher when I first started 41 years ago at the APD. He was well respected and well liked. I was a young, new police officer and David took good care of me. He was known as the best dispatcher at the PD and could keep track of all the officers both on paper and in his head. He could immediately tell where any of his officers at a moments notice. We all felt safer and taken care of when David was on the radio. I would pop into dispatch and visit with him whenever I had time. Years later, I was a midnight field Sergeant and David was still on midnights and still on the radio. He was the best dispatcher you could have on the radio and when we were out on something major, he was the best dispatcher to have on the radio. I was on midnights when he retired and I was at his retirement party the was help in the middle of the night of course. He was a good policeman, great dispatcher, and fine friend. I have missed him since the day he left and I will miss him even more now, but David was my friend and took good care of me and the other officers at the APD. Capt, Tam Boatler APD