Daren Wade O’Hara

We are here to celebrate the charismatic life of Daren Wade O’Hara, known to all as Daren, who was born on June 22, 1976, in Amarillo, Texas. Daren’s infectious laughter and witty jokes made him the life of every gathering, a stand-up comedian in his own right. As a highly talented carpenter, his resilience and dedication to his craft were admired by all in the construction business. Daren’s love for his Harley was second only to his love for his family and friends. In his world, if you were his friend, then you were his family. Such was the generosity of Daren’s heart.

Daren was a man who lived life on his own terms. He found joy in the simplest things, be it a ride on his Harley, a family barbecue, or a hearty laugh with friends. Daren was a funny guy who could lighten the mood of any room with his humor. As a carpenter, he was not just good at his trade, he was exceptional. His work spoke volumes about his talent and dedication. He was married, but separated, and was a doting father. The most significant thing to Daren was his love for his family, especially his momma, Linda O’Hara.

He was preceded in death by his father Bobby, grandparents Leslie and Beatrice Link, and uncles Earnie, Ray, and Gerald Link.

Daren leaves behind his beloved family, his mother Linda; his daughters, Leslie and Aaron, and his sons, DJ and Wyatt, and his stepdaughter, Keisha; his estranged wife Stacy; his siblings, Bob Welch and wife Lesa, Shain Welch and wife Cheryl, Ricky O’Hara and Belinda O’Hara; nephews, Austin, Collin, Kaleb, Nayron; nieces Heavenly, Samantha, Tyfani, Kelsey, Isabel, and Eliana; uncles and aunts Mary Lewis, Judy Link, and Hazel Link, and Wayne Link and wife Wilma, as well as numerous cousins.

The Memorial Service for Daren will be held on Saturday, October 21, 2023, at 1:00 pm at the Lighthouse Funeral Chapel, 3707 Wolflin Ave, in Amarillo.

We invite you to share your cherished memories and upload your favorite photos of Daren on the memorial page as we remember and celebrate his extraordinary life. Daren’s legacy of laughter, love, and resilience lives on in each of us, and his memory will forever be etched in our hearts.


  1. DeAnna Satterfield

    The day I found out I was pregnant with my first daughter he was at the bar on 6th street with my best friend Tia from Elmos.. I ran in saying we are having a baby ..He and my kids Dad Mitchell Surtees grew up together in San Jacinto, and Tia Spencer had been my friend for years. at that moment I knew what to do..I asked Daren and Tia to be my child’s God parents and he accepted …So did she..
    My daughter Meadow (who know is 23 yrs. old) and having a baby of her own. She is having a boy, his name is Reese Ambrose Razo and he will be arriving in this world in 2 weeks: give or take a few days. Unfortunately, the day we reviled his name was Friday 13 2023. I was not able to tell him the babies name …Daren “Doggy” O’HARA you will be forever in our hearts … And to his family and son … i will keep u in my prayers for comfort…

  2. Christy Flores

    Still so surreal!
    You were mine & Kevin’s other Sibling & Mom’s other kid!
    Definitely Family, for many years!
    You & Kevin🙄 Oh my 🤗
    Many, many memories!
    Rest in peace Bubba😘
    Love you forever 🫶

  3. Martin Julia

    I’ve known Darren since we were in 2nd grade at San Jacinto. I remember going to the community center swimming. And he was always giving out jokes.Darren was like another brother to me. I will cherish each memory I have of our times at the park ,swimming or just hanging out. Love ya brother!!!!

  4. Tina Morris Lowe

    So many memories come to mind. My love and prayers to all he left behind. Darren was definitely one of a kind with a big heart and infectious sense of humor. He will be missed.

  5. Candace

    I remember the day I met Daren , it was definitely different .. but lots of fun even though we went though some things we had a beautiful little boy , who’s in in heaven , I miss you both so much I hope y’all are together watching over the rest of us .. no matter our differences I’m still very glad to of had you in my life and if given a chance to do it again I would in a heart beat .. until we meet again …

  6. Jessica (Jake)McSmith

    Daren we were friends for a very long time. I moved to San Jacinto when I was in the 3rd grade and some how we became friends. From going swimming at the ACC to walking to the school just to hang out you were. There even when you moved to Hugoton, Kansas. We would talk on the phone every day. You could make me smile at even the worst days. I still have the cross tattoo on my finger that we had to mark out friendship for ever. You initials on my hand that you gave me with that dang tattoo gun. To when I became pregnant with my daughter that you told everyone that she was yours. The love you had for people will never me forgotten but remembered for ever.. Much love until we meet again my friend

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  9. wyatt wagner

    I miss you everyday, mom is in jail and I’m living with able. I wish you were still here life would be better with you here. I love you dad.
    your son, wyatt

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